Teaching

Looking for some temporary stability, the chance to get back to secure paycheques for the first time since I left the federal government in 2012, and the ability to repair the countless things that have been worn down and damaged during the PhD — I am casting a net wide for jobs I can start […]

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Step #1: Learn a bit of the context and background to climate change politics I know throwing a whole PhD thesis at someone gives them a lot to handle, especially if it is written in an unfamiliar academic style. Nonetheless, I took pains all through my PhD process to come up with a product which […]

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I am not depressed, but I definitely feel a lot of what this video from Andy Stapleton discusses: I have certainly experienced the odd stutter-step ending of the program, which never brings a single day or moment when you are really done. There is such a moment, but it is mundane, private, and undramatic — […]

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A tactic that has developed in parallel to campus fossil fuel divestment campaigns has been activists resisting on-campus recruitment by fossil fuel corporations. With an industry that needs to be rapidly phased out to avoid climatic catastrophe, it doesn’t make sense to be training new people to join. The UK eNGO People & Planet has […]

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Several recent articles have described text-generating AIs like GPT3 and ChatGPT: AI bot ChatGPT stuns academics with essay-writing skills and usability The Undergraduate Essay Is About to Die: Nobody is prepared for how AI will transform academia I have been hearing for a while that the best/only way to deal with the enormous problem of […]

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To further develop the student coaching idea: It would be student-driven, not curriculum-driven. The starting point would be who they are, why they’re at university, and what they aspire to do in the medium- and long-term. That’s the basis for helping them find worthwhile extracurriculars and networks, as well as thinking about course planning and […]

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While my dissertation work is overwhelmingly done, the combination of residual writing up tasks and TA work is making this a pleasantly busy term and a reminder of Septembers past, including my own starts at UBC, Oxford, and U of T. As of last night my dissertation is off to the external external examiner, whose […]

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Fortunately, the conditions under which a TA will read your essay are much like those in which everything else you ever write will be read, from reports written for your future employer to love letters written to your future spouse. This means the skills required to write these papers are generally applicable in life. Especially […]

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I know I will feel differently when teaching and research deadlines start to overlap and the stress compounds, but the experience of the last few days makes me think I had so little energy lately because I had too little to do. There is something very different between having a solitary (but supervised) project where […]

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With my dissertation largely done and PhD funds much depleted, I am taking a final TA job in POL106 “Contemporary Challenges to Democracy: Democracy in the Social Media Age” (Professor Ronald Deibert). The subject matter is obviously at an introductory level, and it relates to courses where I have been a TA before: POL211 “Intelligence, […]

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