New articles from Academic Matters

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There is more to Academic Matters than just the print issue. New articles are being added to the Academic Matters website every week. Here are some recent articles you might find interesting:

Indigenizing the collective bargaining process at North Island College
An interview with Janis Almond, Evelyn Voyageur, Erin McConomy, Shirley Ackland, and Jen Wrye
“North Island College began in 1975 as an open, distance college. Its mandate was to take learning to the smaller communities on Northern Vancouver Island. Rather than focus on brick-and-mortar classrooms, the prime focus was on access and providing training and education for…”

Analog policies in a digital world: How workplace harassment policies need to adapt to an increasingly digital education environment
By Jaigris Hodson, Ph.D., Chandell Gosse, Ph.D., and George Veletsianos, Ph.D., Royal Roads University
“Online spaces, such as Twitter for knowledge mobilization and email for communication, are tools of the scholarly trade. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in a new era of technology use in research and teaching. This has accelerated pre-existing trends towards the digitization…”

Reflecting on a year in crisis: What the pandemic taught me about higher education leadership
By Kathleen Bortolin, Vancouver Island University
“For many, the crisis was COVID-19. For others, it was the various consequences of the pandemic: increased workload, learning to teach online, and children that needed to be home-schooled. Additionally, there was the accoutrement of dread—about the health and safety of elderly…”

Jewish scholars defend the right to academic freedom on Israel/Palestine
By Abigail B. Bakan, University of Toronto; Alejandro I. Paz, University of Toronto; Anna Zalik, York University, Canada, and Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto
“Governments and academic institutions across Canada are facing growing pressure to adopt a widely criticized definition of antisemitism by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). The issue has already chilled academic freedom on campuses around the world. A case for this contentious definition was made…”

Afua Cooper: My 30-year effort to bring Black studies to Canadian universities is still an upward battle
By Afua Cooper, Dalhousie University
“Since my time as a graduate student to my present appointment as professor at Dalhousie University, I have been involved with championing and developing Black studies in universities and beyond. Previously, within Canadian universities, not many scholars who work in creating knowledge about Black people…”

Indigenous scholars struggle to be heard in the mainstream. Here’s how journal editors and reviewers can help
By Apisalome Movono, Massey University; Anna Carr; Emma Hughes, Massey University; Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia; Jeremy William Hapeta, Massey University; Regina Scheyvens, Massey University, and Rochelle Stewart-Withers, Massey University
“In the world of research and scholarship, being published in academic journals is crucial to both the advancement of knowledge and the careers of those involved. In particular, the peer review process that determines who and what is published is integral to ensuring reliability and…”

Book review: Open Minds explores how academic freedom and the public university are at risk
By Peter Tregear, The University of Melbourne
“Academic freedom has become a common topic of Australian public debate. Yet the concept is rarely examined or critiqued in detail. That has not stopped it becoming a totemic issue for many on the political right. They consider Australian universities to be increasingly prone to…”

Tax ‘pandemic profiteering’ by tech companies to help fund public education
By Trevor Norris, Brock University
“As the one year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring a pandemic arrives, it is increasingly apparent that not everyone is having a hard time: Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon earned US$38 billion in profits in the second quarter of 2020 alone. The…”

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