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CAUT Bulletin Archives

December 2007

Teaching and research not mutually exclusive

I was surprised to read Sandy Hershcovis’ views on teaching and research, “Teaching Must Not be Trumped by Research” (Bulletin, September 2007), and then read Graeme Decarie’s reaction “Teaching? What Teaching?” in the November 2007 issue. Do they really believe teaching and research are mutually exclusive activities with no relevance to each other? Is it not possible to be equally successful as a teacher and a researcher and for each activity to benefit the other? To hear such views from non-academic circles is bad enough!

Jacob Sivak
NSERC Senior Research Chair
University of Waterloo

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