August 2012

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Student debt, MOOCs and the Paralympics

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Rob Carrick wrote an op-ed for the Globe and Mail this week arguing that rising student debt needs to be better addressed by parents, the government and the education system. In it, he argues that students should be encouraged to pursue trades and college degrees. Today, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada responded through a letter-to-the-editor, pointing out that one in four students graduate debt-free and that university graduates still out-earn...

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Inclusive Innovation: what is the role of rural and remote regions in the knowledge economy?

Governments the world over have launched ambitious national innovation strategies, designed to use scientific and technological developments to produce economic growth and address social challenges. Canada has been one of the most aggressive on this front, supporting a wide range of measures designed to promote commercialization and job creation. Globally, these policies have strengthened urban economies, but have had much smaller impacts on rural and remote regions.  In Canada, northern, rural and Aboriginal communities have yet to feel the full benefit of scientific and technological initiatives. Our innovation outputs as a whole continue to lag internationally. 

How do we address this innovation deficit, while also encouraging creative regional development? Join Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, as he explores how...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Free classes, childcare and a video contest

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Waterloo will be offering a free humanities credit course to low-income individuals as part of a pilot program starting in spring 2013. The course will be offered to 25 people who qualify. The University of Victoria is pursuing a similar goal with its University 101 program, a free three-month humanities course for people living in poverty. Aside from offering education opportunities to people living in poverty, the courses allow those individuals to form supportive relationships with others in their position.

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Einstein, international education and the federal budget

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

 

The Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy released its report this week, calling for Canada to double the number of international students and for 50,000 Canadian students to be sent to study abroad. CFHSS’s submission to the panel is available here and our reaction to the report is available here.

CFHSS also posted its 2013 Pre-budget submission to the federal government...

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Crossroads: Race and Gender in the Canadian Academy – Searching for Equity

Caitlin Stone Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

During the afternoon of May 31, Frances HenryCarol TatorCarl James, and Ena Dua gathered to present their research and findings on the marginalization of racialized faculty in Canadian universities. Research was conducted using personal interviews, surveys, and site visits and the results were not surprising. As Tator explained, universities have been very slow to make positive changes to make their universities a more equitable environment for racialized faculty members. What often occurs is that administrations will pay lip service to equity issues for faculty but no real changes will take place.

The majority of faculty surveyed who identified as a visible minority were...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: International education, global health and mini-courses

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In a paper published yesterday by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia, argues that Canada must do more to position itself as a leading education destination for Asian students and encourage Canadian students to pursue research and education opportunities in Asia. In particular, he suggests the creating of high-profile scholarships for international students and an expantion of the Vanier...

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Crossroads: The Status of Gender, Women and Sexuality in the Academy

Caitlin Stone Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Many scholars in the social sciences and humanities have spent years critically examining the social constructions of gender and sexuality in society and how women are expected to behave in social settings. While academic settings seem to be environments that welcome difference, many professors who identify as gender-queer are met with social resistance in their own workplace. In addition, female professors are expected to perform according to traditional gender roles. As one panel audience member recalled: “my teaching evaluations have been the highest they’ve ever been when I am kind, caring, and soft spoken towards my students.”

Together, Janice RistockMargaret Ann Armour, and André P. Grace ...

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News from the social sciences and humanities: Philosophy, knowledge economy and Indigenous education

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Inside Higher Ed writer Scott Jaschic wrote about the reasons behind a proposed boycott of philosophy conferences that don’t feature female speakers. While some academics in the philosophy community applaud the proposed boycott, others argue that it’s “unworkable or unfair.”

AUCC President Paul Davidson published an op-ed in this week’s Re$earch Money arguing that the skills humanities and social sciences disciplines develop in students are a crucial part of the knowledge economy. The article quotes CFHSS’s president, Graham Carr, on the skills fostered...

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CFHSS president Graham Carr appointed to position of VP research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University

 

It was with great pleasure that we learned yesterday that Graham Carr, president of CFHSS, has been appointed to the position of Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University. Graham has been serving as Interim Vice-President since January 2012. His five-year term begins today.

 “We are fortunate to retain Graham Carr in this key role as he has the vision to move the research and graduate studies portfolio forward at Concordia. He is admired for his exceptional academic and administrative leadership and for bringing people together in a richly stimulating and collaborative environment,” said...

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