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In my opinion
BY ARJUN CHOWDHURY | March 30 2021

Report shows uncertainty surrounding non-academic positions, in addition to the quite reasonable impression they do not provide massive remuneration, argues political scientist.

Since 2008, the number of assistant professor positions, the first permanent academic appointment for PhDs, has diminished by around 15 percent in Canada. Even as secure academic positions dwindle, the majority of PhDs continue to prefer academic employment, and pursue poorly paid temporary academic...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/phd-graduates-continue-to-seek-tenure-track-positions-despite-low-odds-says-report/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | March 25 2021
CTV News Continue reading A court ruling this month as part of Laurentian U...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-march-25-2021/
In my opinion
BY JEAN-PAUL BOUDREAU | March 23 2021

We need to re-establish ourselves as the place where leaders are prepared for whatever possibilities the future presents. Here’s how.

If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is this: prepare all you want, but you can’t control uncertainty or wrangle the unknown. Nor will looking at tomorrow through today’s lens lend any clarity to a future shaped by artificial intelligence, distracted by never-ending flows of content, and in...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/now-is-the-time-to-rethink-undergraduate-education-in-the-liberal-arts/
Media Scan
BY NATALIE SAMSON | March 19 2021
CTV News Continue reading Demetrious Nicolaides cites Alberta's ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-march-19-2021/
Ask Dr. Editor
BY LETITIA HENVILLE | March 19 2021

If you find that your writing often ends weakly, you may be giving away too many of your secrets in the openings of your work.

Question:

quote>Any suggestions for strong conclusions? I struggle with writing good endings for articles and book chapters. They seem to fall flat somehow.

– French language & literature.

quote>

Dr. Editor’s response:

The usual advice fo...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/ask-dr-editor/crafting-a-strong-conclusion-to-your-journal-article-or-book-chapter/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | March 11 2021
The Globe and Mail Continue reading A growing number of Canada’s universities say they’re planning...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-march-11-2021/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | March 10 2021
CTV News Continue reading As it has been almost a year since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba, peopl...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-march-10-2021/
Careers Café
BY ANDREA EIDINGER | March 02 2021

How I adapted my regular course for a pandemic reality.

In June 2020, I wrote an article called Continue reading with recommendations on how to handle the transition to online education at the b...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/careers-cafe/pandemic-pedagogies-11-months-later/
News
BY UA/AU | February 28 2021

February 24, 2021

More universities announce fall plans

McGill University will return to on-campus teaching this fall. In a statement posted to its we...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-february-2021/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | February 26 2021

There is a clear need for additional training at all levels, but uncertainty remains as to how to deliver it all in a fair and systematic way.

Nobody is born knowing everything, although sometimes it can feel that the current academic system selects for people who behave like they do. Academic researchers learn an enormous amount from their peers and mentors along the way and, as you can probably imagine, the access points to such...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/what-i-wish-i-knew-sooner-highlighting-gaps-in-early-career-researcher-training/
Career Advice
BY CAROLYN STERN | February 18 2021

By using your emotions like data, grad students and leaders alike will be able to boost productivity, engagement as well as their overall well-being.

Feelings are not facts. They are just feelings. Not good or bad, right or wrong, just an emotional reaction to a person, thing or situation. Learning to be bigger than your emotions is critical for success in school, business and life. Young people (particularly Generation Z) need to learn to be an ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/emotional-intelligence-the-role-it-plays-when-making-good-decisions/
News
BY BECKY RYNOR | February 15 2021

MyCreds provides students and graduates with fast, secure access to their official transcripts and other academic documents.

For current or former students, waiting for copies of transcripts to wend their way between postsecondary institutions or to government agencies and potential employers can be a nail-biting experience under ideal conditions. Throw in a mail strike or other unanticipated disruption – say, a global ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/new-digital-wallet-puts-students-credentials-at-their-fingertips/
Responsibilities May Include
BY CRISTINA D’AMICO & MICHAL KASPRZAK | February 12 2021

Whether you are an academic-in-waiting or seeking a non-academic career, it is important to reflect on and show off the breadth of your teaching experience.

Whether as teaching assistants, course instructors, lab technicians or mentors, graduate students engage in a multitude of teaching-related work while completing their degrees. Continue reading how to reflect on and articulat...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/leveraging-and-enhancing-teaching-experience-in-a-pandemic/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | February 01 2021
The Toronto Star Continue reading Ontario’s new ...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-feb-1-2021/
News
BY DIANE PETERS | January 27 2021

New expert report from the Council of Canadian Academies finds a growing number of doctoral graduates in Canada is having trouble transitioning to the labour market.

Canada has an academic labour mismatch problem: more people than ever graduate with PhDs, but after completing these intensive programs they often face limited career prospects in academia and beyond. This represents a significant untapped source of talent for the country. “Students go into PhD...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/the-mismatch-continues-between-phd-holders-and-their-career-prospects/
Responsibilities May Include
BY STEPHANIE DUPLEY & KRISTA KELLY | January 21 2021

Tips for grad students on how to be productive as possible while working remotely.

We are almost one year into the pandemic (yikes!). As grad students, you likely have dealt with major changes in the way you learn, interact and work. Work during COVID-19 has endured a major disruption and working from home has become more common. q...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/responsibilities-may-include/working-from-home-during-and-after-the-pandemic/
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | January 19 2021

Guest writer Sarah Masefield explains why she created the “How to Thrive and Survive in your PhD” project to help postgraduate researchers connect and help one another.

Editor's note: We are delighted to have a guest post from Dr. Sarah Masefield (Continue reading) at the University of York, U.K. Sarah is founder of the Thrive and Survi...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/the-black-hole/peer-support-is-central-to-improving-phd-student-mental-health/
Media Scan
BY LAURA BEAULNE-STUEBING | January 19 2021
CTV News Continue reading Air Canada and the University of Windsor have r...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/media-scan/headlines-for-jan-19-2021/
Magazines
BY TARA SIEBARTH | January 13 2021

EDITOR'S NOTE

How are you doing?: A bit tired, thanks. You?

LETTERS

Now is not the time for nagging

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Yann Arthur has been appointed coordinator of campus r...
https://www.universityaffairs.ca/magazine/issues/jan-feb2021/