Some simple Q & As to clear up the present hysteria in Canadian Higher Education follow the sundry events at Wilfrid Laurier.

Do Teaching Assistants have Academic Freedom?  No.  Academic Freedom is a protection of faculty rights based (at least in theory) on disciplinary competence.  TAs have rights of free speech of course, but those don’t protect your job if you annoy  your employer.  In this sense, Lindsay Shepherd probably had fewer rights as a TA than she would have … [ Read More ]