There is a need for more and systematic debate and discussion about doctoral education in sociology and social sciences more broadly. Institutional conditions of doctoral education in Canada and many other countries have changed significantly. The student body and the faculty body in doctoral programs today are also much different from earlier times. Reduced funding, increased expectations, shorter timeline, and anxiety about post-program employment have put mounting pressures on students and faculty. Responding to these challenges, there is a burgeoning scholarship on doctoral education, with most notable contributions from US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
Carleton University’s sociology PhD program is the second oldest and one of the largest in the country. Supervising doctoral students is a significant part of work for many faculty members. We as a collective have grappled with challenges of doctoral education and accumulated a wealth of experiences, strategies, and reflections. We invite you to join us for a panel where we present reflections on a range of measures we have introduced, or are experimenting with, to better support our PhD students and help them succeed. It is our hope that these will stimulate debate and discussion about doctoral education in the discipline of sociology and beyond in Canadian universities.
Organizer: Xiaobei Chen, Carleton University