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Blogs are opinion pieces,
Jonathon Thon explains the
difference in The Black Hole.
Il est temps de se débarrasser
du « modèle du déficit »
Les citoyens sont en mesure de
débattre les enjeux scientifiques.
A video-based PhD?
One student’s experience
creating a nontraditional thesis.
global leader in this important social justice and
human rights work.
Carl G. Amrhein, Fern Smart and Kristopher Wells
Dr. Amrhein is provost and vice-president, academic; Dr. Smart
is dean of the faculty of education; and Dr. Wells is director
of programs and services with the Institute for Sexual Minority
Studies and Services, all at the University of Alberta.
Glad to be of help
Thank you for running the story about QReserve
(“McMaster spinoff hopes to become the eBay
of lab equipment”) in the December 2014 issue
of University Affairs and on your website. As a
result of the coverage, we’ve seen labs sign up
from Simon Fraser to McGill universities, our
resource database has grown 96 percent in size
and we’ve been able to move along our integra
tion with McMaster, with their live website set to
launch shortly ( research.mcmaster.ca/qreserve).
Dr. Aubie works at McMaster University’s Biointerfaces Institute
and is the co-founder and chief executive of QReserve Inc.
B. W. Powe, what a writer
I just went through the January 2015 issue of UA
cover to cover and really enjoyed it, as I always
do. But I especially liked the book excerpt, “When
Marshall McLuhan met Northrup Frye.” Bruce
Powe, the York University professor of English
and the book’s author, writes beautifully. I so
enjoyed the juxtaposition of these two intriguing
literary behemoths and the snippet of access to
Canadian literary history that it offered – as well
as the way it allowed me to voyeuristically lurk
the corridors of the English department at the
University of Toronto decades ago, eavesdrop
ping on their professional/personal relationship.
Ms. Béland is vice-president, Canadian Partnerships, at the
Canadian Bureau for International Education.
Attention, education faculty
The process of joining a faculty in an institution
of higher education is distinct from other work
places because of the diversity of ideas and the
intellectual exchanges. The unusual nature of this
workplace makes it worthwhile to consider the
process by which one joins a faculty. The task, how
ever, is too broad, because of disparities based on
details of the discipline of study. It requires a
We have developed a narrow focus to examine
the issue, leading to a call for chapters for a new
book. The narrowed focus was achieved by con
sidering the tripartite role of professors: research,
teaching, and service. In addition, the faculty of
education attracts individuals who have had
careers in the field as well as “straight to PhD”
individuals who frequently have extended expe
riences in academia as graduate students. We
hope both voices will be heard in this collection.
The book will contribute a collection of views
of the transition for tenuretrack professors in
education, offering perspectives of different pro
fessors who share a common background in
related teaching and administrative components.
We anticipate that the book will be informative
about transitions into higher education and the
nature of new faculty experiences.
We are inviting tenuretrack professors in
education across Canada to submit chapter ideas
about tenuretrack journeys in a variety of subject
areas that fall within the field of education. Read
ers who are interested can find the call for chapters
Tenure Track.pdf. Please email Timothy Sibbald
( email@example.com) or Victoria Handford
( firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Tim Sibbald and Victoria Handford
Dr. Sibbald is an assistant professor in the education faculty
at Nipissing University. Dr. Handford is an assistant professor
in the faculty of human, social and educational development at
Thompson Rivers University.
We need more like MacEachern
Thank you, Alan MacEachern, for writing the
column “The Associate” in University Affairs. (His
previous column was entitled “Today’s PhD
students face more pressure,” November 2014).
Academia needs people like you who take the
time to point out its contradictions.
Dr. Bachand is a professor in the faculty of humanities and social
sciences at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
Tom Jenkins was appointed chancellor of the Uni
versity of Waterloo and begins his term in May
2015. Incorrect information appeared in the
December 2014 issue.
Newcomers don’t find the
unwritten rules easy to grasp.
UA AU What’s new online! Nouveautés en ligne!