Canadian scholars see downside to globalization efforts

April 11, 2011

Some concerned scholars in Canada argue that in their pursuit of excellence, most Canadian universities are consciously or unconsciously discriminating against graduates of Canadian PhD programs, while joining other nations to embrace hiring criteria that dissuade young students and scholars from pursuing research topics vital to their own country. In the past year and a half, some Canadian scholars have compiled data suggesting discrimination against homegrown academics is real. One study, for example, showed holders of Canadian doctorates are a minority at 19 of the 21 Canadian departments that offer PhD programs in English. The University of New Brunswick's provost say he suspects that if there is a recruiting bias against Canadian PhDs, it is more likely concentrated in universal disciplines rather than in disciplines with clear, Canadian-specific subfields. There could be less of a problem at smaller universities, the provost speculates, as they are not well known to foreigners and, thus, draw fewer candidates. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)