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In my opinion
BY MERIC GERTLER | January 06 2022

The higher education community must act as a guiding light as we return to more in-person activities.

quote>Editor’s Note: This opinion piece was written in November 2021, before the Omicron variant forced the shutdown of campuses across the country.quote> Many of Canada’s university campuses continue to come back to life this winter, as in-person activity ramps u...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/what-do-universities-owe-canadians/
In my opinion
BY MERIC GERTLER | January 06 2022

Le milieu universitaire doit servir de phare au moment de reprendre nos activités en personne.

quote>Note de la rédaction : Ce texte d’opinion a été rédigé en novembre 2021, soit avant que le variant Omicron pousse les universités canadiennes à revenir en arrière et à pivoter vers l’enseignement à distance à nouveau.quote> La réouverture de nomb...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/quels-doivent-les-universites-aux-canadiens/
In my opinion
BY WILLEMIEKE KOUWENHOVEN, SARAH GRASEDIECK & EDRIS MADADIAN | January 26 2022

Redefining how university and institutional administrations see this vulnerable population of highly skilled workers is an important first step toward countering inequity and mending the gender gap in academia.

This past summer, the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) proposed to its members to change the French version of its name, l'Association Canadienne des Stagiaires Postdoctoraux (ACSP). The reason behind this proposed change was to remove the word “stagiaire” which translates to...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/how-administrative-ambiguity-and-devaluating-language-hurts-canadian-postdocs/
In my opinion
BY WILLEMIEKE KOUWENHOVEN, SARAH GRASEDIECK & EDRIS MADADIAN | January 27 2022

La réduction des inégalités entre les sexes dans le milieu universitaire passe par la révision de la définition de cette catégorie de travailleurs hautement qualifiés, mais vulnérables.

L’été dernier, l’Association canadienne des stagiaires postdoctoraux (ACSP) a proposé à ses membres d’apporter des modifications à son nom français, l’idée étant de supprimer le mot « stagiaires ». Si ce terme est souvent utilisé dans le milieu universitaire francophone, nous cr...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/le-flou-du-vocabulaire-administratif-nuit-aux-postdoctorant-e-s/
In my opinion
BY JAMES SOUTHWORTH | April 06 2022

Rather than transmitting course content, in-person class time should be dedicated toward deep and transformative learning.

After two years of remote teaching and learning, we are facing some strong headwinds. Habits have changed. Students have grown accustomed to learning course content in an asynchronous manner. This comes with many benefits. With more autonomy over when, where and how they learn, students have the fle...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/will-covid-forever-flip-learning/
In my opinion
BY ADEKUNBI ADETONA, ASHLEY DAVIDSON, S. ERYN MCFARLANE, LUCKSINI RAVEENDRAN, MATTHEW ROBBINS, KARTHIKA SRISKANTHARAJAH, CAITLIN FOWLER & FARAH QAISER | August 10 2022

It’s critical that students be taught how to share research findings with policymakers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the relationship between science, society and policy. If we expect our governments to continue to rely on science to shape policy, then we must equip researchers with the right tools to effectively participate and contribute to policymaking, starting with a...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/bridging-the-gap-between-science-and-policy/
In my opinion
BY ADEKUNBI ADETONA, ASHLEY DAVIDSON, S. ERYN MCFARLANE, LUCKSINI RAVEENDRAN, MATTHEW ROBBINS, KARTHIKA SRISKANTHARAJAH, CAITLIN FOWLER & FARAH QAISER | August 11 2022

La communication des résultats de recherche avec les décideurs doit absolument faire partie du curriculum.

La pandémie de COVID-19 a mis en lumière les liens entre science, société et politiques. Si l’on veut que nos décideurs continuent de fonder leur processus décisionnel sur la science, on doit fournir aux chercheurs les outils nécessaires pour y contribuer, à commencer par la formation et l...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/combler-le-fosse-entre-science-et-politiques/
In my opinion
BY ANONYMOUS | August 25 2022

Notre métier nous passionne, mais nous nous retrouvons à la merci d’un système défaillant.

Cette année, je donne au moins 10 cours sur trois campus. Pendant la pandémie, j’ai enseigné à la maison ou en classe, selon l’humeur de mon employeur. J’ai passé des heures à faire la navette en raison des loyers exorbitants des grandes villes. J’ai porté de multiples chapeaux, dont ...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/la-vie-professionnelle-precaire-des-charges-de-cours/
In my opinion
BY PAUL DAVIDSON | June 20 2023

The outgoing president and CEO of Universities Canada reflects on the past 14 years.

It had been a long day. Flights had been delayed again. I drifted off to sleep mid-air and when I awoke, I could not remember my destination. It took what felt like several minutes to remember I was heading home. That’s a bit of a metaphor as I prepare to leave Universities Canada after 14 year...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/heading-home/
In my opinion
BY PAUL DAVIDSON | June 22 2023

Le président-directeur général sortant d’Universités Canada fait le point sur 14 ans de travail dans le milieu de l’enseignement supérieur.

La journée avait été longue. Mes vols avaient encore été retardés, et je m’étais endormi dans l’avion. Quand je me suis réveillé, je ne me souvenais plus de ma destination. J’ai mis plusieurs minutes – du moins, c’est ce qu’il m’a semblé – à me rappeler que je rentrais che...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/retour-a-la-maison/
In my opinion
BY WEI CAI | November 10 2023

The efficacy of learning from apps and achieving intended learning outcomes begs contemplation.

Amidst a budgetary crisis, West Virginia University (WVU) recently put forth a proposal to Continue reading. Among those being cut are some language programs. Span...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/ai-tools-cannot-entirely-replace-traditional-language-programs/
From the admin chair
BY DOUG OWRAM | January 11 2010
Comme c’est ma première chronique et qu’on m’a demandé de transmettre le point de vue de l’administrateur, j’ai pensé commencer par vous raconter comment j’en suis arrivé là. Quand j’étais étudiant au doctorat à l’Université de Toronto, et ensuite jeune professeur ...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/parole-aux-leaders/comment-connaitre-une-carriere-valorisante-en-administration/
From the admin chair
BY DOUG OWRAM | September 13 2010

La définition de l’université est en train de changer (encore).

En tant qu’historien, je suis à l’affût des indicateurs clairs de l’évolution de la société. Dans les cas des universités au Canada, l’évolution a été plutôt directe. À quelques exceptions près, les universités canadiennes se sont développées en trois phases distinctes. Res...

https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/parole-aux-leaders/les-universites-canadiennes-entrent-elles-dans-une-nouvelle-ere/
From the admin chair
BY DOUG OWRAM | March 05 2012

What I learned from reading the biography of Steve Jobs.

Like thousands of others, I received Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs for Christmas this year. While this may seem of marginal rel...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/from-the-admin-chair/where-technology-street-meets-liberal-arts-street/
From the admin chair
BY SHEILA COTE-MEEK | September 07 2017

“What I’ve found the most rewarding about administration is the opportunity to bring about systemic change.”

Boozhoo. Kwe kwe. Greetings. Bonjour. This is my first column for University Affairs and I’m honoured to have been asked to take it on. It’s a bit intimidating to think about writing a series of columns about being an administrator. I wondered: Where to start? What to write about? Impor...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/from-the-admin-chair/universities-need-ensure-equity-access/
From the admin chair
BY SHEILA COTE-MEEK | September 09 2017

« Le plus valorisant en administration c’est la possibilité d’instaurer des changements systémiques. »

Boozhoo. Kwe kwe. Greetings. Bonjour. Voici ma première d’une série de chroniques dans Affaires universitaires. Je suis honorée d’avoir été invitée à présenter ainsi mes réflexions en tant qu’administratrice. Toutefois, cette démarche est aussi quelque peu angoissa...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/parole-aux-leaders/lequite-et-lacces-universel-sont-la-responsabilite-des-universites/
From the admin chair
BY SHEILA COTE-MEEK | February 28 2019

It’s time to stop and rethink what a university should look like, and how education can remain relevant during times of rapid transition.

I would like to offer another way to look at the challenges we are facing in academia today, drawing on two recent experiences. The first experience centres around a presentation I gave on understanding different paradigms and worldviews. In it, I spoke about how narratives and storytelling often dr...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/from-the-admin-chair/decluttering-our-lives-and-our-institutions/
From the admin chair
BY SHEILA COTE-MEEK | September 17 2019

Having early discussions about a role change with those close to you is important, so they can grow with your decision.

After having built a long-standing and successful career, I have decided to make a leap to a larger university and recently accepted a new role as the inaugural vice-president, equity, people and culture, at York University. While I am very excited and honoured to be taking on this role, moving inst...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/from-the-admin-chair/four-questions-to-ask-yourself-when-considering-a-move-within-senior-academic-administration/
Margin Notes
BY LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 18 2009

Is it more important to teach undergraduates “the classic works of Western Civilization” or “to become agents of social change.” American faculty have weighed in. Now it’s your turn.

A recent Continue reading in the Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a survey of more than 22,500 U.S. professors which asked, among other things, what the professors' goals were in terms of classroom in...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/margin-notes/your-vote-western-classics-vs-social-change/