good example would be a medical doctor, who
needs to keep abreast of all new discoveries and
to be scholarly critical of each of them.
Ms. Camilleri is a Toronto-based writer and lecturer in mathematics
Nutty professors plant seeds of enthusiasm
university teaching is not just about interaction with students in lectures and undergraduate
laboratories. It is also about curriculum development, improving the learning environment (by
obtaining funds for the latest equipment in science, for example), involving undergraduate students in research projects and, through such
involvement, planting seeds of enthusiasm
amongst a few undergraduate students that will
spread and encourage more undergraduate students to become active learners.
If there is no research environment, it is dif-
ficult to see how life-changing enthusiasm to
learn about the latest developments in the sub-
ject, and to deeply understand difficult theory,
can be encouraged. My love of physics (as an
undergraduate student at the University of Lon-
don) and my love of medical physics and com-
puter science (as a graduate student at the uni-
versities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde) grew from
my involvement with “nutty” professors – bril-
liant researchers who were kind enough to allow
me to work in their world for a little while.
Dr. Frost is professor and chair of the doctoral program in
computer science at the University of Windsor. He has won
several teaching awards, including the University of Windsor
Alumni Teaching Award and the Ontario Leadership in Faculty
The end of the world
we may wonder if anyone actually believes
these apocalyptic predictions, but sadly they do
(“Welcome to the Apocalypse,” November issue).
As an aside, I was getting a car repaired May 21,
2011 when a customer phoned the service department to cancel his appointment for new tires. He
didn’t see much point in new tires, since the
world would end. The service manager thought
it was a joke and got an angry earful when the
customer assured him that it was no joke.
People in the Judaeo-Christian heritage may
well see an end-of-days coming, but the Harold
Camping kind of narrow apocalypticism can
indeed be “potentially catastrophic.”
Professor Badke is associate librarian for Associated Canadian Theological Schools and information literacy at Trinity Western University.
Donor agreement at Carleton
an article about university-donor agreements
(“Administrators and faculty debate academic
freedom,” November issue), states that “Canadian
institutions are not alone in confronting these
dilemmas.” While this is true, a bigger issue in
the case of Carleton University is the apparent
confusion about the nature of its political management program donor agreement. The program,
launched by Carleton in 2010, has been made
possible by a most generous $15-million gift to
Carleton, the largest gift of its kind in the history
of the university. It is a groundbreaking, intensive
master’s degree program providing a professional
foundation for students who will go on to leadership roles in politics at the federal, provincial
and municipal levels.
Recently, one clause of the original donor
agreement was revised. There is a steering com-
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