Alt-Ac & Academy Hacks

What not to say in a job interview

Last week I had the pleasure of being in the audience for two presentations about working in the academy. (Come to think of it, both were on Wednesday—it was an intense day). The first was an in-class discussion between the

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12 Steps to (Feel-Good) Strategy Planning

  Picking up on a common thread lately, I want to talk a bit about planning. Lately, for me, things have been feeling slow and my motivation has been waning. That’s when I sat down with myself and had a

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Planning for the summer

This post may sounds a little premature to some of you. After all, it’s only March, we *just* changed the clocks and there’s still snow on the ground. However, before you know it summer will be on us and things

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You are your desk (or at least I am my desk)

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I have a problem. There I said it. This is my problem- my comps (comprehensive/qualifying exam) are nearing and I must say my desk is a little out of control. I always thought there was a method to my madness,

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What’s the relationship between teaching and research?

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To be a graduate student is to straddle two worlds. You retain the student identity—although any classes you take and any “studying” you do is done in support of the research project you’ve identified for yourself—while (most likely) having some

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Guest Post: Good2Talk

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  Gradifying is very pleased to welcome this week’s guest blogger, Fiona O’Connor, Partnership Coordinator at Good2Talk. We’ve written elsewhere on the topic of mental health in graduate school. This week, Fiona introduces us to Good2Talk, Ontario’s new postsecondary student helpline, which offers

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How to (Respectfully) Disagree (Or How to Argue Effectively)

Over the course of my graduate and undergraduate career, I have been in a fair share of debates. After all, debate and discussion is at the heart of scientific inquiry. These debates can take many forms, including conversation and peer

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On overcoming writer’s block

The setting is your office. You’re bathed in the dull glow of your computer screen, staring at a blank page in Word, trying to write a paper. Blink. Blink. The cursor is watching you, mocking you, laughing at your inability

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A journal: progressing forward

Happy New Year! Stay warm!

  I hope that the start of the winter term has been going smoothly for everyone and that everyone is surviving this crazy weather. I have spent a large part of this past week (our first official week back) putting

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Resolutions for a New Year, Or At Least the First Term Of It

We’re back from what I like to think of as our mid-season break (six seasons and a movie, eh, Atif?) and since I’ve learned not to ask how the holidays were in order to avoid the despairingly cynical answer “what

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