“We’re sorry, but your paper does not demonstrate academic rigour…it’s too creative and outside the box”.

I have never been able to get this paper published; partly because I employ Coyote woman as an auto-ethnographic voice to guide both the reader and the writer to a place of discovery (too creative), and mostly because doing this places the paper on the fringe of academic acceptance. This article describes the ethnographic journey of a middle aged white woman, wandering through Coyote territory.

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Where are all the PhD’s in Canada?

Doing a quick online survey the other day of PhD positions posted on Indeed. In my home city there were three postings for PhD's; one for a biochemistry major for a naturapathic products company (formulator), the other for a biopharmaceutical company looking for a medical liaison for the health care field, and one other for an enterprise …

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Post PhD Publish or Perish

Historically, publish or perish was the constant chant heard by wanna-be tenure candidates. Today it seems that even though universities are not hiring as many tenure track professionals, sessional instructors are learning that publish or perish is important for their CV as well. You've been working for five years as a sessional instructor, picking up the 100 …

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Are Canadian universities preparing PhD’s for non-professoriate careers?

While universities and colleges continue to withhold full time continuing faculty positions in favor of sessional hires, graduating students are facing the realization that they may need to pursue non-teaching careers; despite their dreams of  paying off their student loans with a middle income position. But are they prepared to enter the non-academic or 'real …

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