Topic: Faculty

Zero-hour contracts take a huge mental and physical toll – poor eating habits, lack of sleep and relationship problems

The number of workers on zero-hours contracts continues to rise in the UK. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that between […]

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Retirement options for Canadians have changed dramatically

By Thomas Klassen, York University

The plan by the Ontario government to reduce the wages of professors at age 71 illustrates the dramatic changes in the relationship […]

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Editorial Matters: A time for action

By Ben Lewis

Ontario’s universities are built on models of scholarship developed in the United Kingdom and western Europe. Founded by and for European settlers, […]

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The role of faculty associations following the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

By Lori Campbell, Shannon Dea, and Laura McDonald

As universities take on the work of Indigenization, what role do faculty and faculty associations have in advancing the recommendations of the […]

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Casual academics aren’t going anywhere, so what can universities do to ensure learning isn’t affected?

By Dorothy Wardale, Curtin University; Julia Richardson, Curtin University, and Yuliani Suseno, Edith Cowan University

Casual academics provide flexibility for universities at a time when student numbers are uncertain. from shutterstock.com More Australian universities are relying on […]

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Student perspectives on good teaching: what history reveals

By Paul Axelrod

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

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Overworked and isolated: the rising epidemic of loneliness in academia

Shutterstock Universities were created to be places where people learn and educate together. But a UK survey has found 46% of researchers […]

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Free speech and the battle for the university

By Shannon Dea

At the University of Waterloo, a controversial talk had the faculty association looking for creative ways to respond. How did the faculty […]

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In Canada and US, fossil fuel divestment debates on campus spotlight the societal role of colleges and universities

As a new academic year begins after a summer of deadly heat waves, wildfires, droughts and floods, many college students and faculty are debating whether and how to get involved in climate politics. Climate advocacy has become well established on U.S. campuses over the past decade, in diverse forms. More than 600 colleges and universities have signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. Schools are expanding interdisciplinary teaching and research in environmental studies, sustainability science and climate resilience, and investing in “greening” their campuses. And many activists on campuses around the country are participating in global campaigns like “Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice” and “Keep it in the Ground.”

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