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BY DINUKA GUNARATNE | January 19 2021

J’ai dû faire preuve de résilience et apprendre à tirer le meilleur parti possible d’une situation complètement folle.

La perspective d’une transition professionnelle peut être à la fois grisante et anxiogène. Grisante, car elle est le signe d’un nouveau départ, de possibilités nouvelles. Angoissante aussi, compte tenu de son énorme incidence potentielle sur notre avenir. Au début de mars 2020, juste ava...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 06 2014

Jennifer Polk chats with Kelly J. Baker about juggling her writing career with family life.

Kelly J. Baker earned her PhD in religion from Florida State University in 2008. Her scholarship has encompassed numerous topics in religion and popular culture, including religious hate groups, apocalypticism, religion and gender, and horror. Last year, she quit her job as a lecturer and moved ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | March 25 2015
Nicholas Dion earned his PhD in religious studies from the University of Toronto. He is currently senior coordinator, research and programs at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), an independent research and advisory body of the government of Ontario that conducts and commiss...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 15 2015
Pablo Dominguez Andersen earned his PhD in modern history from the Humboldt University of Berlin. He currently works as a content manager at interactive tools, a digital agency in Berlin. Find Pablo on
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 25 2015
Alison Norman earned her PhD in history from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. She's currently a Research Advisor in the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. She’s also a Research Associate in the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous St...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | April 11 2016
Paige Morgan earned her PhD in English with a certificate in Textual Studies from the University of Washington. Her research focused on how 18th century English poets adapted to the changing economic conditions and systems for publishing. She is currently the digital humanities librarian at the ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | September 13 2016
Katie Vahey-Gaebler earned her PhD in higher education & student affa...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | February 14 2017

Hillary Hutchinson earned a MA in social anthropology and a MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s now a career coach specializing in academic writing and the transition out of academia.

Hillary Hutchinson earned a MA in social anthropology and a MEd in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She’s a career coach who specializes in academic writing and transitioning out of academia. Find her online at
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | May 18 2017

Since their last Q&As, both Mélanie’s and Kyla’s portfolios have grown, giving them the opportunity to work with a variety of departments.

Mélanie Brunet (PhD, history) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in May 2013. Read her inte...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | June 28 2017

Self-described as intellectually restless, Daniel has pivoted his career to focus on innovation policy.

Daniel Munro (PhD, political science) contributed to the Transition Q & A series in April 2014. Read his interview Continue reading. He was then principal research associate at the Conference Board of Canada. Dr. Munro will soon be a visiting scholar in innovation studies and direc...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | July 10 2018
Helen Kang earned her PhD in sociology, with a focus on medical sociology and history, from Simon Fraser University. She is now a self-employed consultant who specializes in health-care communication. Find her online on Continue reading ...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | November 01 2019

You do not have to accept the labour conditions that have become the norm in universities, even if you are passionate about research and teaching.

Anaïs Bertrand-Dansereau, PhD, is a sociologist who earned her MA from UQAM in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She is now living her best life in Ottawa, working as a mixed methods researcher for the governme...
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Some helpful resources and tools for professors who have to quickly move their courses online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor's note: This has been reprinted with the author's permission. It has been shortened and edited for clarity. Read the Continue reading. We are at a pivotal ...
BY SHELDON GORDON | October 05 2016

Ces programmes assurent une mise à niveau des titres universitaires et une familiarisation avec les modalités d’exercice au Canada.

BY KRISTEN WRIGHT | November 28 2011

Program targets first-generation students.

Andre Matte had heard all the horror stories about transitioning from high school to first year university. To add to his anxiety, Mr. Matte is the first in his family to go to university. So when he was flipping through the application for residency at the University of Alberta last spring, somethi...
The Black Hole
BY DAVID KENT | July 09 2012
Quick hit: Beth forwarded something interesting to me in a follow up to my slightly controversial critique of the Three Minute Thesis article - Jorge Cham of PhD Comics fame has justContinue reading to have your thesis...
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BY MICHAEL FREEMAN | September 01 2017

“It’s difficult to know what you’re truly passionate about until you try it.”

All an employer wants is confidence. They want to see it in you and they want to feel it themselves: confidence that you can do the job they need done and do it well. But, for students pursuing graduate degrees in the life sciences who have their sights set on careers outside of academia and scienti...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 03 2013
UPDATED The original post included incorrect information. Streuber is an adjunct at Valparaiso's Graduate School and Continuing Education division, not the College of Adult Scholars. Sonja Streuber earned her MA in English from the University of California, Davis, where she also spent several...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | October 23 2013
Peter Larson earned his PhD in biological sciences from Ohio University in 2003. He taught for 10 years at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he earned both tenure and a promotion to associate professor. For the past two academic years he served as chair of the biology depa...
From PhD to Life
BY JENNIFER POLK | December 02 2013
Joseph Fruscione earned his PhD in English from George Washington University in 2005. Since 1999, he’s taught university-level literature and writing courses at GW, Georgetown, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He's now teaching first-year writing in GW’s University writing p...