Claire Polster

Professor
BA (Queen's), MA, PhD (York)

Office: CL 225
E-mail: Claire.Polster@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-4158
Fax: 306-585-4815

Research interests
Sociology of education - particularly higher education; the sociology of knowledge; social policy; and women's issues

PUBLICATIONS

 Books

Co-authored with Janice Newson, A Penny For Your Thoughts: How Corporatization Devalues Teaching, Research, and Public Service in Canada's Universities. Ottawa: Our Schools/Our Selves and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2015.

Co-edited with Janice Newson, Academic Callings: The University We Have Had, Now Have, and Could Have. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2010.

 Chapters in Books

"The Privatization of Knowledge in Canada's Universities and What We Should Do About It" in Patricia Elliott and Daryl Hepting (eds.), Free Knowledge: Confronting the Commodification of Human Discovery. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2015.

"Private Interests at Public Expense: Transforming Higher Education in Canada" (revised)

in Les Samuelson and Wayne Antony (eds.), Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues, 5th edition. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2012.

Jointly with Janice Newson, "Introduction: Academic Callings and the Past, Present, and Future of the Canadian University" in Janice Newson and Claire Polster (eds.), Academic Callings: The University We Have Had, Now Have, and Could Have. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2010.

"Are We Losing Our Minds: Unreason in Canadian Universities Today" in Janice Newson and Claire Polster (eds.), Academic Callings: The University We Have Had, Now Have, and Could Have. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2010.

"The Privatization of Higher Education in Canada" in Cynthia Levine-Rasky (ed.), Canadian Perspectives on the Sociology of Education. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Jointly with Janice Newson, "Reclaiming Our Centre: Towards a Robust Defence of Academic Autonomy" in Adrienne Chan and Donald Fisher (eds.), The Exchange University: Corporatization of Academic Culture. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008.

"Private Interests at Public Expense: Transforming University Education in Canada" in Les Samuelson and Wayne Antony (eds.), Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues, 4th edition. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing, 2007.

"Rethinking and Remaking Academic Freedom" in Denise Doherty-Delorme and Erika Shaker (eds.), Missing Pieces V: An Alternative Guide to Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2004.

"Intellectual Property, Higher Education and Women's Inequality: Exploring Connections/Proposing Solutions" in M. Reimer (ed.), Inside Corporate U: Women in the Academy Speak Out. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2004.

"Situacion Critica? El Futuro de la Universidad Liberal en la Era de la Lucha Mundial Por el Conocimiento" in M.A. Briceno Gil (ed.), Universidad, Sector Productivo, Y Sustentabilidad. Caracas: Universidad Central de Venezuela Consejo de Desarollo Cientifico y Humanistico, 2003. (released 2004)

"University Competition: New Trouble in the Making" in D. Doherty-Delorme and E. Shaker (eds.), Missing Pieces III: An Alternative Guide to Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Ottawa: Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives, 2002.

"The Advantages and Disadvantages of Corporate/University Links: What's Wrong With This Question?" in Denise Doherty-Delorme and Erika Shaker (eds.), Missing Pieces II: An Alternative Guide to Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2000.

"Shifting Gears: Creative Resistance to Corporatisation" in J. Turk (ed.), The Corporate Campus: Commercialization and the Dangers to Canada's Colleges and Universities. Toronto: James Lorimer and Company Ltd, 2000.

"The Global Knowledge Grab" in D. Doherty-Delorme and E. Shaker (eds.), Missing Pieces: An Alternative Guide to Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Ottawa: Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives, 1999. (solicited for reprinting)

Jointly with Janice Newson, "Don't Count Your Blessings: The Social Accomplishments of Performance Indicators" in J. Currie and J. Newson (eds.), Universities and Globalization: Critical Perspectives. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1998.

"Dismantling the Liberal University: The State's New Approach to Academic Research" in B. Brecher et. al. (eds.), The University in A Liberal State. Ashford: Avebury Press, 1996. (refereed)

"Liberating The University: A Critique of the Project of Radical Education in North American Postsecondary Institutions" in W. Carroll et. al. (eds.), Fragile Truths: 25 Years of Sociology and Anthropology in Canada. Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1992.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Jointly with Janice Newson and Howard Woodhouse, "Toward An Alternative Future for Canada's Corporatized Universities". English Studies in Canada 38.1, March 2012, pp. 51-70. (released in 2013)

"Reconfiguring the Academic Dance: A Critique of Faculty's Responses to Administrative Practices in Canadian Universities". TOPIA 28, Fall 2012, pp. 115-141.

"The Nature and Implications of the Growing Importance of Research Grants to Canadian Universities and Academics". Higher Education vol. 53, March 2007, pp. 599-622.

"Rethinking and Remaking Academic Freedom". Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor (refereed issue). vol. 7(1), November 2005, pp. 9-14. (released January 2006)

"Canadian University Research Policy at the End of the 20th Century: Continuity and Change in the Social Relations of Academic Research". Studies in Political Economy. vol. 71/72, Autumn 2003/Winter 2004, pp. 177-199.

"A Break From the Past: Impacts and Implications of the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Research Chairs Initiative". Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, vol. 39(3), August 2002, pp. 275-300.

"How the Law Works: Exploring the Implications of Emerging Intellectual Property Regimes for Knowledge, Economy, and Society" in K. Adhikari and A. Sales (eds). Perspectives on Knowledge, Economy, and Society. Sage Studies in International Sociology Monograph Issue, Current Sociology, vol. 49(4), July 2001, pp. 85-100. (released January 2002)

Jointly with Janice Newson, "Reclaiming Our Centre: Towards a Robust Defence of Academic Autonomy". Science Studies, vol. 14(1), 2001, pp. 55-75.

"Intellectual Property, Higher Education, and Women's Inequality: Exploring Connections/Proposing Solutions". Atlantis, vol. 25.2, Spring 2001, pp. 13-21.

"The Future of the Liberal University in the Era of the Global Knowledge Grab". Higher Education, vol. 39(1), January 2000, pp. 19-41.

"From Public Resource to Industry's Instrument: Redefining and Reshaping the Production of Knowledge in Canada's Universities". Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 23(1), Winter 1998, pp. 91-106.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals

"University Administration and Faculty Discontents: Generating a More Effective Response". Our Schools/Our Selves, vol. 25(1), Fall 2015, pp. 135-148.

 "Three Broken Promises: Some Consequences of Administrative Growth in Canadian Universities". Our Schools/Our Selves, vol. 21(1), Fall 2011, pp. 139-156.

 "Waste Not, Want Not: Corporatization and 'Efficiency' in Canada's Universities". Our Schools/Our Selves, vol. 17(2), Winter 2008, pp. 133-144.

 "Provide or Perish - A New Imperative in Canada's Universities?". Our Schools/Our Selves, vol. 14(4), Summer 2005, pp. 109-114.

 "From the University Front: Free Knowledge". Our Schools/Our Selves, vol. 10(1), September 2000, pp. 130-134. (solicited for reprinting)

 "Shifting Gears: Rethinking Academics' Response to the Corporatization of the University". Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, vol. 16(2), Summer 2000, pp. 85-90. (solicited for reprinting)

"Partners in Crime: The Role of the Federal Government and its Agencies in the Hijacking of Higher Education". Our Schools/Our Selves, vol. 4(2), Jan/Feb. 1993, pp. 53-62.

 Other Academic Publications

 "The Future of Academic Governance in Canadian Universities" in Rick Kool (ed.), Academic Governance 3.0: What Could it Be? How Can We Get There?. Vancouver: Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia, 2013.

 "The Public Funding of Canadian Higher Education: Is It Sustainable?". Published in the proceedings from the 2010 OCUFA conference Financing Higher Education in the Current Economic Climate. Toronto: OCUFA, 2011.

 "Alternatives to Private Ownership". Posted on website of The Forum on Privatization and the Public Domain. January, 2007.

 "Free Knowledge". Forum on Privatization and the Public Domain Newsletter #1. January 2005, pp. 7-8.

 "Commentary on the Growing Importance of Research Grants for Canadian Universities and Academics". Society for Socialist Studies Bulletin, vol. 71, Fall 2003, 28-32.

 "Dangerous Liaisons: The State, Industry, and University Research". State and University in the New Europe: A Liberal Future?. Proceedings from conference at J.E. Purkyne University, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, 2 - 7 July 1995.

 Jointly with Nancy Johnston, "Report on the Safety and Security of Graduate Women at York University" in Not Satisfied Yet: Report of the Task Force on the Status of Women Graduate Students at York University. York University: Faculty of Graduate Studies, 1991.

 Periodical Publications

 "'War on Science' Metaphor Apt, But May Limit Our Thinking". The CCPA Monitor, vol. 20(8), February 2014, 24-35.

 Jointly with Janice Newson, "What's Wrong with Corporatizing Canada's Universities? Plenty". The CCPA Monitor, vol. 15(8), February 2009, 32-35.

 "Rethinking Canada's Higher Education Policy". The CCPA Monitor, vol. 13(6), November 2006, pp. 40-42.

 "Privatizing Canada's Public Universities". Canadian Dimension, vol. 39(5), Sept./Oct. 2005, pp. 18-20.

 "The Privatization of Our Public Universities". Saskatchewan Notes, vol. 2(7), March 2003.

 "Rethinking Canada's Higher Education Policy". Education Canada, vol. 42(3), Fall 2002, pp. 20-23.

 "University Competition: New Trouble in the Making" (revised). The CCPA Monitor, vol.9(1), May 2002, p. 34-35.

 "Trading in Freedom: The WTO and The Commodification of Democracy". Briarpatch, vol. 29(10), December 2000/January 2001, pp. 20-21.

 "Trading in Freedom". The CCPA Monitor, vol. 7(5), October 2000, p. 5.

"The University Has No Business in the Intellectual Property Business". CAUT Bulletin, vol. 46(7), p. 36.

 "An Ounce of Abstention is Worth a Pound of Cure". The Third Degree, vol. 10(1), Spring 1998, pp. 34-36.