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Day 2 of the Canadian Consortium of Research spring summit on the future of Canadian research. We heard a lot of great thoughts yesterday... Today: propose solutions
Summary of "the academic workforce":
▪️Diversity... Including/hiring indigenous scholars... The numbers are not great.
▪️The balance act between priority- vs curiosity-driven research, a hybrid solution?
Definitely seeing a major theme for broad recognition of more facets of academic work:
▪️Peer review service
▪️Teaching 1st/2nd year students
▪️Grad students building necessary non-traditional skills for #altac careers
▪️Granting agencies recognising other metrics (for HQP)
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Excited to represent @CAPhys in important discussions on fundamental research in 🇨🇦 and the training of researchers #cdnsci Opening slide of Canadian Consortium of Research's Summit for Science and Researchers
Added bonus, taking it all in with my talented @MitacsCanada science policy fellowship colleagues from, all who've rocked the transition from PhD to government 👌#CSPF
The day's keynote: @cdavidnaylor on the importance, especially now, of increasing in scholarly inquiry.
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Last week, I did a talk with @WSU_COM PhD students about applying for #nonacademicjobs or what's often called #postac or #altac careers. My goal was to encourage students to explore their options, but also inject some reality in their sometimes starry-eyed discussions. 1/start
2/ Right off the bat, I wanted to dispel the notion that PhD jobs are a great fit for nonacademic jobs in industry, nonprofit or govt. sectors. There are a number of reasons for this: Nonacademic recruiters think you are too expensive or esoteric for their jobs...
3/ Continuing reasons why PhD doesn't easily translate to #AltAc: Faculty lack expertise or knowledge about nonacademic jobs (even if they want to support you), and graduate programs encourage deep scholarly knowledge and publication rather than broader public engagement.
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We really put the FUN in dysfunctional - Canada is a relatively small country on a population standpoint, but we are ever smaller if we are divided across provinces - @cdavidnaylor #CSPC2018
+ the majority of dollars in HERD come from universities, not federal. To note, provinces don't contribute much either, though Québec has been a model to follow.
Canada doesn't collaborate well across provincial borders, they work much more with international partners. We have a chance to knit #cdnsci closer together and make our science more national ➡️ we have a chance to realign
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