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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April page

President's message / In praise of scandal

Scandals are often the stuff of tabloid journalism, replete with screaming headlines and unflattering pictures. But they may also bring moments of accountability to institutions that seek to keep their actions secret.

UK researchers face uncertainty over EU grant applications

UK academics could face dwindling chances of winning European research grants following the vote to leave the European Union last week, according to the former president of the European Research Council.

Turkish academics targeted after failed coup

CAUT is calling on Turkish authorities to end the crackdown on academics and teachers following the failed coup attempt in late July.

Feds to consult on basic research

The Liberal government will spend the next few months reviewing the federal funding for basic research. The consultation will be led by a nine-member panel chaired by former University of Toronto president.

Universities missing equity targets in CRC program

The Canada Research Chairs program is examining why many universities and colleges are failing to meet equity targets for chairholders.

Concordia professor imprisoned in Iran

Canadian academics continue to put pressure on the federal government to press the Islamic Republic of Iran to free Concordia professor Homa Hoodfar.

Commentary / Canadian campuses in the Middle East

When oil prices were high and rulers in the Middle East were wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice, some western universities and colleges decided that it might be very far-seeing to establish “for profit” campuses in these countries.

Book review / The slow professor

As corporate practices and the neoliberal ideology that sustains them increasingly alter the organization and social function of colleges and universities, professional educators are witnessing and suffering profound changes in their working conditions.

Academic advisor

Copyright provides economic rights, such as the right to sell a work. But it also grants moral rights protecting the personal connection between you and the works you author.

Interview / Alison Hearn

Alison Hearn is an associate professor in the faculty of information and media studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research focuses on television, social media, and new forms of labour and economic value.

Indigenizing the academy: the way forward

The Indigenization of universities and colleges has become a key focus of discussion on many campuses in recent months. The challenge, however, is that Indigenization of the academy remains an often murky and even contested concept.

The meaning of Indigenization in our universities

Today, university protocol requires that we acknowledge the original inhabitants of this land and their descendants who have lived here for millennia and whose way of life has changed significantly over this time.

Contextualizing Indigenizing the academy

As with every Council, the first afternoon was given over to a scene-setting panel discussion. This year’s topic was “Indigenizing the Academy”. It was an engaging discussion that touched on a range of issues faced by Indigenous peoples.

Laurentian librarian receives distinguished service award

Ashley Thomson, a librarian at Laurentian University, was recognized for extraordinary service during the CAUT Council meeting in Ottawa on April 28.

Academics warn of dangerous dependency on international fees

When a professor at Acadia University found out administrators had adjusted a grade he’d handed out — to “accommodate” the needs of an international student — without consulting him, he felt angry and distraught.

Solidarity forever

The work done by CAUT members and staff is admired, and the protections it affords are envied around the world. Our participation at international fora such as Education International has earned us global respect, and we have built important bilateral partnerships.

Participatory governance

For CAUT’s newly-elected president, the situation is clear: academic freedom is the key element in the fight to take back collegial governance.

Journalists recognized for reporting of pay scandal & student poverty

Each year, CAUT honours two journalists — one student and one professional — for outstanding reporting on issues related to post-secondary education.

Françoise Baylis earns distinguished academic award

The word upstander might not appear in the Oxford dictionary yet, but if and when it does, Françoise Baylis, a Dalhousie University professor and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy, might be cited as an example to illustrate the concept of someone who has the courage to move from silence to action.

Academics reboot on copyright

A decade ago educators built a powerful coalition that fought for and won progressive copyright reforms. These reforms are now under threat, from international trade negotiations and from an upcoming review of the Copyright Act. It’s time to reassemble the team, and protect our victory.