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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)
Breakout #2: training the next generation of grad students

▪️Professional development for students... opportunities free of the dissuading culture of the profs
▪️Broadening the role models students are exposed to
▪️Changing reward structure for funding agencies
Breakout #3 summary: "metrics: impacts and outcomes"
▪️The notion of excellence.... What does this mean? Depends on the end goal of research (one size doesn't fit all)
▪️The plight of #ECR, metrics to take career stage into account
▪️Different evaluation tools on impact
▪️What are the implications when you change the metrics... Consequences for the student/ECR on this change?
▪️ Skills... Diversely poll PhD graduates in what they wish they had, those who: "leaked out"; never intended on the academic career; ECRs in the academy
What about the employers? What training do they want in students? Vice versa: do they know what a PhD graduate can do? What do they want, regarding/advocating for 🇨🇦 research funding?
Adjunct, part-timers in the academy: poll them. Vast variability there. It is not just the vulnerable paycheque to paycheque folk striving for the academic dream. There's also folk coming back to teach after/with other careers. They should be polled/heard
The academic ecosystem requires a lot. The publish or perish + teaching + lobbyist + administrator + communicator... So many hats, so much weight.

Pursue culture change, but do that in such a way as to stay alive and enable others to sustainably (job) wear a hat for the team
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