Monthly Archives: April 2014


HEQCO distorts faculty teaching loads: News media play along

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In March, 2014, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), published a study purporting to show that Ontario professors only teach an average of 2.8 courses per year. The study went on to propose that professors who are not active in research should have their teaching loads doubled. News media such as the Toronto […]

Open season on academics: My brush with predatory publishing

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One morning I opened my email to find that I had become editor-in-chief of an academic journal. Well, ‘chief editor’ to be precise. This came as a surprise. It was not something I could recall applying for, and the journal was outside my areas of expertise. I had received a message from a prospective author […]