Academic freedom and human rights: the case of Homa Hoodfar
Academics here in Canada have fought for and largely won the freedom to pursue their scholarly and research interests – and communicate the results of their research — without fear of reprisals or discrimination. At Dalhousie, these rights are clearly stated in the collective agreement between the DFA and the Board of Governors. But this…
Confronting precarious academic work
Earlier this year, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) held a conference on precarious academic work, a subject that is becoming increasingly relevant as more and more universities replace tenure-track positions with part-time and limited term appointments. The conference, entitled “Confronting Precarious Academic Work”, dealt with a wide range of topics, ranging from…
University corporatization: governments play major role
It’s easy to blame administrators and Boards of Governors for the growing trend toward corporatization in our universities. But according to Jamie Brownlee, a political economist, sociologist and author of the new book Academia Inc., provincial and federal governments play a major role. In an article in Academic Matters, Dr. Brownlee identifies government underfunding as…