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BY BECKY RYNOR | June 27 2018

To build empathy and find solutions, civic leaders and service providers were asked to navigate the web of local agencies.

If you are 17-year-old Rachelle, you have already had a tough life. Your mom was a drug addict. You were bounced between various family members and an array of foster homes. Some foster parents were nice, Rachelle recalled. “Some would allow us to have family dinners with them. Some locked the fri...
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Lessons learned from Concordia University’s Graduate Professional Skills program.

From its inception in 2011, Concordia University’s Continue reading (GPS) program has been serious about practicing what it preaches. GPS’s mission is to provide all Concordia graduate students with opportunities to a...
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Three academics reflect on how they got on the tenure track.

You’ve almost made it: the courses, comps, proposal are all under your belt. You’re polishing your dissertation and practicing your defence. You’re exhausted and excited. It’s a time for celebration. A time for looking back at what you have accomplished and for looking forward into the unkno...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 07 2018

The degree will probably not get you the job, but hiring managers will recognize that you have critical thinking and project management skills, says one panelist.

In this fourth and final part of our series on workplace policies and norms outside academia, our panel of five PhDs answer questions about entry-level jobs in their fields, career progression, transferable skills, experience and the value of their doctoral degrees. Be sure to read
BY TARA SIEBARTH | June 06 2018


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BY ANQI SHEN | June 04 2018
Mount Royal University has named Meagan Bowler dean of the university library, effective July 1. Ms. Bowler has be...

The initiative builds on a pilot project in Nova Scotia to combat the region’s shrinking and aging population.

International students Taruna Boodhun and Khousmita Gopaul started at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2016. They both chose PEI partly because it was an island, like their home country of Mauritius. While they experienced some adjustments, in particular adapting to different foods and the ...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | April 30 2018

Precarity is a staple of our professional culture, and once we understand the challenges, we can develop strategies for overcoming them.

This is a guest post by Catherine Maybrey, PhD CDP. Catherine owns and operates Continue reading. After completing her PhD in history in 2005, she experienced the joys and frustrations of retraining, and changing career paths from aca...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | April 13 2018

By using the internet in an intentional way, you’ll be empowered to conduct an effective, less stressful job search.

This is a guest post by Heidi Scott Giusto, PhD. Heidi has owned and operated Continue reading since 2013. Dedicated to helping individuals and businesses succeed when the stakes are high, she delights in helping job seekers na...
BY ANQI SHEN | March 27 2018

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries proposes that institutions renegotiate unsustainable deals with journal publishers and transition toward open access.

For years, academic libraries have struggled to keep up with the rising costs of journal subscriptions set by a few large, international publishers. The situation “is now getting to a point of crisis,” according to the Canadian Association of Research Libraries...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | March 26 2018

We think all PhD students would benefit from attending, and that includes individuals who are committed to securing an academic position after graduation.

Jennifer Polk and I are thrilled to present the 5th Annual Beyond the Professoriate confe...
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BY TARA CHRISTIE | March 19 2018

Don’t overlook the benefits of working in a non-faculty role at a university.

It was a chilly December morning at work. I was sipping on my first coffee of the day, reading my emails and making my plans for the day, when an email notified me that one of my publications had been referenced. No way! It had been almost eight years to the day since I defended my PhD thesis and I ...
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BY JONATHAN FINN | March 13 2018

Universities prioritize students’ personal satisfaction and positive experiences over their education.

I am fortunate to be in my 15th year of a full-time job at a Canadian university. Over this time, as a faculty member, senator, department chair and associate dean, I have watched a steady, slow and curious transition in the use of language at university away from the word “education” in favour ...
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And here’s how we can do it.

Academia is unique in that professionals with highly specialized expertise, who are paid by public institutions, write articles and provide peer reviews to corporations who profit greatly without giving back to the research enterprise. In any other industry, such experts would charge up to $1,500/ho...
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BY JAMES SOUTHWORTH | February 13 2018

Op-ed articles help students to learn the important skills of engaging and persuading a reader.

There’s something rather futile about argumentative research papers that focus on moral, political and social issues. For all their merits in developing students’ writing, research and critical thinking skills, these papers usually fail. That is, they fail in their purpose of persuading a reader...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | February 12 2018

Jennifer Polk and Maren Wood want faculty, students and administrators to be careful when they interpret the data found in the 10,000 PhDs report.

This post is co-authored by Jennifer Polk (PhD, history) and Maren Wood (PhD, history), co-founders of Continue reading. There are significant challenges to collecting quality data on alumni and former students. We know this first-hand: Maren...
From PhD to Life
BY MAREN WOOD | January 24 2018

How to transition between the often individualistic world of academic success and the collaborative dynamics of modern industry.

This is a guest post by Josh Magsam, PhD. Josh works as director of community success at Continue reading. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Oregon. So you’ve taken a big step forward and started an entry-level position with a promisi...
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BY JONATHAN THON | January 11 2018

A guide to changing the institutional thinking of translational research programs.

In a Continue reading I highlighted a comprehensive list of recommendations for how to improve federally-supported translational research programs. In this series of posts I elaborate on these recommendations in the hope that they may help guide institutional thinking on transla...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 08 2017

Today, the civil service is lean, constantly under pressure to deliver high-quality results while keeping departmental budgets low.

This is a guest post from Andrew Miller, PhD, a strategic leader with the City of Mississauga. In 2016 the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario did a study and found that 51 percent of Ontario PhD holders who graduated in 2009 had positions in the post-secondary education sector. ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 14 2017

Guest writer Jessica Hartshorn says conferences can, and should, be a place to add to your reputation and develop name recognition.

This is a guest post by Jessica Hartshorn, PhD, who works as forest health specialist at the Minnesota department of natural resources. Ah, academic conferences. The time has come for frantic presentation editing, hotel practice sessions, and department mixers! Conference...