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The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | April 18 2016
quote>“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” – Albert Einstein   “In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake ... That is why academic politics are so bitter.” ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/finding-suitable-home-research-program-part-3-verifying-fit/
Career Advice
BY NANA LEE | April 18 2016

How to connect with key people and build your professional network.

You are a graduate student attending a major international conference in your discipline and are registered for a career development event. You are attending a local conference with professionals in and out of your discipline. How do you connect with key people and build your professional network? ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/essential-networking-tips-for-graduate-students/
Features
BY MOIRA MACDONALD | April 06 2016

What some universities are doing to weave indigenous peoples, cultures and knowledge into the fabric of their campuses.

It was September 1987 and Blaine Favel was sitting in a lecture hall at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., a long way from his home on Poundmaker Cree Nation, northwest of Saskatoon. Already he had an advocate’s leanings honed from growing up in a family of chiefs and protected by the thi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/indigenizing-the-academy/
In my opinion
BY MATTHEW SCRIBNER | March 29 2016

But some issues need to be approached tactfully and professionally.

The small patches of university campuses sometimes called “safe spaces” have been the subject of Continue reading https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/done-properly-safe-spaces-encourage-free-speech-on-campus/
News
BY NATALIE SAMSON | March 23 2016

Organizations praise funding boosts for campus infrastructure, research and financial aid, but more could be done for indigenous students, some say.

The university sector responded swiftly to the first budget released by the federal Liberals under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 22. The government pledged billions of dollars that will directly and indirectly benefit postsecondary education through funding for infrastructure, research and ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/university-sector-responds-favourably-to-federal-budget/
Speculative Diction
BY MELONIE FULLICK | March 16 2016
In a post Continue reading I wrote about how usually, when it’s argued there is an “overproduction” of PhDs, “demand” for doctoral graduates is being implicitly de...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/speculative-diction/more-phds-define-the-demand-first/
In my opinion
BY NICHOLAS DION | March 15 2016

Respondents also offer suggestions on how their institutions could better aid their transition into the workforce.

Transitions to the labour market have become an area of increasing research interest for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario in the last few years as we continue to hear that students aren’t graduating with the skills and knowledge they need to get the jobs they want. But are these con...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/students-keen-for-career-related-opportunities-while-at-school-survey-says/
Features
BY NATALIE SAMSON | March 09 2016

Ingenuity’s the key when you’re one of Canada’s smaller university presses.

James Daschuk recalls sneaking into Costco with an outdated membership card to see it with his own eyes: his book, Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Aboriginal Life, stacked high on a table next to the latest David Baldacci thriller. The sight was al...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/standing-out-in-the-world-of-scholarly-publishing/
In my opinion
BY SPENCER NESTICO-SEMIANIW | February 24 2016

We have the necessary means if we re-allocate it to those truly in need.

It's not what you have, it’s how you use it. Although this phrase has devolved from maxim to cliché, it’s something that our postsecondary sector should pay attention to. As a student leader at McMaster University, I have the opportunity to talk to my peers about their experiences o...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/spending-smarter-on-student-aid-in-ontario/
News
BY SHAWNA WAGMAN | February 23 2016

Outgoing Ottawa Citizen editor to lead McGill’s Institute for the Study of Canada.

“I really feel like I’ve won the lottery,” says Andrew Potter, who steps down as the editor of the Ottawa Citizen in February to become director of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of Canada. The post, which he begins Aug. 1, brings Dr. Potter back to his undergraduat...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/philospher-journalist-andrew-potter-leaves-the-newsroom-to-return-to-academia/
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | February 22 2016
quote>A test of what is real is that it is hard and rough. Joys are found in it, not pleasure. What is pleasant belongs to dreams. – Simone Weilquote>  To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below:
News
BY NATALIE SAMSON | February 10 2016

The multiple-step process includes the option of applying to Universities Canada.

Last year, Yukon College announced that, by 2021, it would become Yukon University. The territory’s minister of education, Doug Graham, had approved the institution’s name change in November, but the transition has been in the works for several years, according to Yukon College president Kar...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/two-colleges-embark-down-the-road-to-becoming-universities/
Features
BY ASHLEIGH VANHOUTEN | February 03 2016

A few of the best mobile apps found on campuses across Canada.

Mobile apps are ubiquitous on student’s phones—and while many are, arguably, for sharing images or connecting with friends, you may find a helpful university app on a student’s home screen among the others. Universities across the country are developing their own customized apps to provide stu...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/three-game-changing-apps-for-students/
News
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | February 01 2016

A Q&A with Christine Tausig Ford, who is retiring after more than three decades working on behalf of Canada’s universities.

Christine Tausig Ford, vice-president of Universities Canada (publisher of University Af...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/universities-canada-vp-reflects-on-33-years-of-change-in-higher-ed/
Career Advice
BY ASHLEIGH VANHOUTEN | January 20 2016

Special course at U of T helps students to become “market ready”

One tagline for University of Toronto’s Graduate Professional Development program is “preparing trainees to be market ready.” The program was developed in 2012 for the department of biochemistry by Nana Lee, a lecturer at U of T and now GPD director, and Reinhart Reithmeier, former chair of U ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/professional-development-program-teaches-valuable-soft-skills-science-phds/
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | January 19 2016
Earlier this month I attended the American Historical Association conference in Atlanta. Although I earned my PhD in history, this was my first time at the annual event. I didn’t go to present a paper or otherwise talk about my research, and I didn’t go to interview for an academic job. I went t...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/from-phd-to-life/phd-life-coming-event-near/
The Black Hole
BY JONATHAN THON | January 12 2016

Most importantly: remember your audience.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell To read the previous articles in this series please visit the links below:
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/preparing-for-the-academic-job-interview/
News
BY BECKY RYNOR | January 11 2016

Graduates themselves are often unsure of where to look for opportunities outside academe.

Valerie Walker admits it wasn’t so long ago that she was “that grad student” wondering w...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/employers-perceptions-hamper-job-prospects-for-phd-grads/
Features
BY ANITA LAHEY | December 09 2015

The transition from the military to the civilian world can be a tricky one.

"The way some veterans have spoken about it reminds me of when I first came to Canada,” says Maya Eichler, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. “I spoke the language – people could speak to me, I cou...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/features/feature-article/researchers-explore-post-deployment-life-canadasveterans/