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2007 Changing Academic Profession Study

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In 2007 the first version of the Changing Academic Profession (CAP) survey was administered in 18 countries.  This major international project involved the administration of a common questionnaire to a sample of university faculty in multiple countries. The study focused on faculty perceptions of academic work, working conditions, job satisfaction, research activities, teaching activities, work history, and a range of demographic variables. The project design was highly decentralized, with national research teams collecting data and coordinating with other teams through international meetings.

In 2007 the Canadian team was led by:

  • Amy Metcalfe (University of British Columbia)
  • Team members included:  Glen Jones (Toronto), Don Fisher (UBC), Yves Gingras (UQAM) and Kjell Rubenson (UBC).
  • Later phases of the project included doctoral researchers Julian Weinrib and Bryan Gopaul 

The findings from the 2007 survey have resulted in more than two dozen publications, including many international comparative pieces that locate Canadian academics in the world.  A bibliography from the CAP project is available below.

Download Bibliography of Canada-related Research Here


The second phase of the project is currently underway. This study will allow us to look at changes in the academic profession that have taken place over the last decade. Currently, there are 33 national research teams working on the new phase of this important international project.

The Canadian team is composed of:

  • Glen Jones (UToronto)
  • Grace Karram Stephenson (UToronto)
  • Amy Metcalfe (UBC)
  • Olivier Begin-Caouette (Universite de Montreal) 


The Canadian component of the project has received funding from the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Project of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Training.

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