This session addresses a glaring gap in graduate student education and socialization. In Canada 60-70% of PhD graduates work outside of academia, yet graduate programs are specifically focused on training students for tenure track careers in the university. There is also wide recognition of an increasingly competitive academic job market where more students are competing for fewer tenure track positions. Moreover, there have been well publicized calls for massive reforms and even for the complete abolition of doctoral programs. This roundtable session will engage in a debate on non-academic professional socialization of graduate students, the place of training for “applied” sociology in relation to “academic” sociology, and the degree to which this should be a concern for sociology departments across Canada. An open discussion is to follow the debate.
Moderator: Harley Dickinson, University of Saskatchewan
Session Code: Edu8
Elliott Building, E-161