Topic: Academic mentorship

How to navigate academia as a female who is the first in her family with a PhD

Sarah A Gagliano Taliun, Université de Montréal

Navigating academia is not easy. The top characteristics possessed by academics, which I commonly hear, allude to the demands of this setting: […]


Addressing anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions can transform Canada after the COVID-19 pandemic

Post-secondary institutions reflect Canadian society at large. Addressing racism can help work towards social justice. (Shutterstock) COVID-19 has brought issues of racism and […]


Coronavirus: When teaching during a disaster, students need to be partners

A worker takes the temperature of a visitor to Essentia Health in Duluth, Minn., April 10, 2020. (Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP) […]


Healthy research ecosystem—healthy researchers? The researcher as an organism of focus within a research ecosystem

Michelle L.A. Nelson and Ross Upshur

The academic research environment is changing and researchers report struggling to adapt in order to be successful. Funding shortfalls are perennial, but […]


Identifying the gaps: Reflecting on a career pursuing understanding and equity in academia

Donald C. Cole

Upon retiring, Professor Donald C. Cole took some time to consider his career at the University of Toronto. In doing so, he […]


The importance of supporting international students with financial literacy education

Vuong Hoang Tran and Victoria Handford, Thompson Rivers University

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has indicated that financial knowledge is a central life skill for participation in modern […]


Why building community – even through discomfort – could help stressed university and college students

A sense of belonging can enhance the college experience. Shutterstock It is a growing problem on campuses across America. Students entering college […]


Student perspectives on good teaching: what history reveals

Paul Axelrod

What constitutes effective and engaging university pedagogy, and have student impressions of this changed through the ages? My reading of memoirs, biographies, […]


Mentors play critical role in quality of university and college experience, new poll suggests

In order to have a rewarding college experience, students should build a constellation of mentors. This constellation should be a diverse set of faculty, staff and peers who will get students out of their comfort zones and challenge them to learn more – and more deeply – than they thought they could. Students should begin to build this network during their first year of college.


PhD completion: an evidence-based guide for students, supervisors and universities

This discrepancy does not necessarily mean postgraduate research students “failed” their degree. Common reasons not completing a degree include changes of career goals, work-family conflicts, poor health or financial strain. Alternatively, some students remain enrolled in their degree for long periods without making significant progress.