Jobs might make us stay
i completed my phd in Canada. I wasn’t an
“accidental brain drain” academic. I left because
there are very few tenure-track jobs in Canada
compared to the United States, especially in my
field. A recent Chronicle of Higher Education
co-sponsored research project by L. Maren
Wood proved what we’ve always known to be
true: those hiring for Canadian academic positions value a U.S. PhD over a Canadian PhD.
That was increasingly true in my field. If the
Canadian academy wants to “woo” us back, or
prevent us from leaving in the first place, create
more tenure-track jobs and stop the “
adjunctifi-cation” of the academy. Period.
Dr. Musial is an assistant professor in the department of women’s
and gender studies at New Jersey City University in Jersey City,
The free exchange of academics
i found this an intriguing article, if just a
little simplistic (“The accidental brain drain,”
March issue). The author is enjoying life in
Britain, and so he should. It sounds like he has
made very conscious decisions to settle
I have a somewhat different but parallel
story. I came to North America, the United States
in particular, to pursue graduate studies and
received considerable financial incentives to
do so. After a decade and a half working in
American universities, I found a rewarding
academic home in Canada. Culturally, I fitted
in, something that had not happened for me
in the States. I had intended to return to my
home region, Australasia, but came to feel more
at home in North American institutions.
Meanwhile, I kept close contact with aca-
demics and family back home. I was regularly
involved in conferences in Australia, New Zea-
land and other countries of the South Pacific.
Publishing opportunities emerged from such
connections. This was my way of keeping in
touch with academics and my place of origin. I
don’t need others to oversee such involvement
as the author seems to infer.
The free passage of academics throughout
the world brings advantages to all involved. Let’s not institutionalize any aspect of
this free exchange of ideas and experiences.
We each have personal agency to make concerted efforts to return “home” if that’s what
we really desire.
J. Gary Knowles
Dr. Knowles is a professor emeritus, adult education and
community development, University of Toronto.
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