Monthly Archives: November 2013


Humour Matters: The long, slow bus ride to the future

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All this talk of innovation, transformation, and inspiration has got me thinking of bus rides. Universities today swim in a sea of overwrought rhetoric. They trumpet their patents, their entrepreneurship, their empowering humanities research; they build transformative community synergies and interdisciplinary partnerships; they link up with business and government to produce ground-breaking research. And it’s […]

Life beyond the PhD

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Breaking up with academia is hard to do. But what if your interests lie elsewhere?

Editorial Matters: Skin in the game

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We only do an issue of Academic Matters if we think the topic is important, timely, or relevant to the current state-of-play for higher education. But I have to admit that this graduate student issue has a special importance for me. That’s the effect of having a bit more skin in the game, I suppose. […]

Deciding on a career in the college sector

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Tenure-track positions in Canadian universities are getting harder to find. But recent research suggests that many full-time career opportunities exist in Canada’s colleges.