Founded in 2006, Doc Work is a global research team that examines career trajectories of post-PhD researchers, both in and out of the academy. Led by Professor Lynn McAlpine of McGill University's Faculty of Education, the Doc Work team represents researchers around the world in Canada, Austria, China, UK, and the US. The newly launched DocWork site features ongoing research and findings of the team’s longitudinal study of academic work, development, and identity.
The Doc Work team prioritizes multidisciplinary and multi-institutional outreach. Through a wealth of publications and resources the new site aims to facilitate informed decision-making for post-PhD researchers interested in careers both in and outside of academia. It also provides research-based strategies and information for doctoral and postdoctoral advisors, schools of graduate studies, faculty development and career advising services, and for university policy makers. Please visit www.mcgill.ca/doc-work to browse the resources and to discover the work of the research team.
Dr. Lynn McAlpine is Professor Emerita with McGill University's Faculty of Education, and Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Oxford's Department of Education. Her research examines how doctoral researchers and PhD graduates prepare for and navigate their careers both in and outside the academy. Her interests span both what is learned from this work, and also the ways in which this research can inform institutional policy and individual practice.
Artwork featured throughout the site is by Scott R. McMaster, an early career academic and winner of the prestigious Elliot Eisner Doctoral Dissertation Award, the highest accolade for an emerging scholar in the field of fine arts education in North America. The new site was designed collaboratively under the direction of Larissa Yousoubova, doctoral candidate with McGill University's Faculty of Education and manager of the department of Art Education at Concordia University.