Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs

Allison Sekuler

Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
Allison Sekuler, McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies

McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies explains how universities are contributing to professional development training of graduate students in a column contributed to The Globe and Mail on Sept. 10, 2014. Check out a short excerpt below.

“Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs.”

To help graduate students succeed, we do not need to re-invent the PhD. We need to provide high-quality, meaningful professional skills training that will enhance, not diminish, students’ academic programs. Professional skills training should supplement, not substitute for, disciplinary learning. Canada is fortunate to have strong and increasing support on this front from organizations like Mitacs (with country-wide professional skills development workshops and internship opportunities), the federal research agencies (with collaborative research and training experience and partnership programs at NSERC, CIHR, and SSHRC), and resources like the new MyGradSkills.ca (which just launched with 18 online professional skills-training modules, free for the roughly 60,000 graduate students in Ontario)…

Read the full article by McMaster University’s Allison Sekuler in the Globe and Mailhere.