Academics need the media to help publicize their work, but when important findings are distorted it can lead to decades of distrust.
It wasn’t the message they’d meant to send – not at all, as a matter of fact. When Andrew Weaver and Neil Swart of the University of Victoria’s school of earth and ocean sciences published
Watching porn on a laptop during class, taking a cellphone call in the middle of a lecture, repeatedly interrupting with comments and jokes – there are many ways for students to disrupt a class.
Zopito Marini, a professor at Brock University who holds the Chancellor’s Chair for Teaching Excellence, has studied what he calls civil behaviour – or lack of it – in classroom settings. He says disruptive or uncivil behaviour is anything that diminishes the teaching and learning opportunitie...
The imminent beginning of a new academic year seems like a good time to broach this difficult topic. Before you make another tuition payment, it's a good idea to make a conscious decision about whether doing a PhD is still the right path for you.
How do you feel?
This is a serious questio...
A university teacher argues for “contemplative practices” in university teaching to help students become more reflective and engaged as citizens.
“Become.” This simple and concise statement frames the campus brand at Memorial University, my alma mater and where I now work. The slogan strives to inspire students to fulfill or at least tap into their inherent potential, but the brand campaign has me wondering more deeply: What do we become ...
Romantic partners who are employed at universities in different cities confront many challenges in making their relationships work.
For more than two decades, Claire Carlin and Bruce Wonder have been making the four-hour trek by ferry and car between Victoria, B.C. and the state of Washington, alone or together, dozens of times a year.
The marathons began less than a year after they met at Western Washington University in Bel...
The Black Hole
It falls to scientists to speak up in support of federally funding research and in this third installment of a four-part series, I explore the economic cost of doing research in a cash-strapped system and the burden this is placing on young investigators.
To bring yourself up to speed, installeme...