2017 Canadian Political Science Association

Annual Conference Programme

Ryerson University
  Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: May 27 - June 2
  The CPSA conference dates within Congress are Tuesday, May 30 to Thursday, June 1.

All members are invited to attend the
2017 Annual General Meeting to be held on
May 31, 2017 at Ryerson University.

Time: 01:00pm to 02:00pm | Location: HEI-201 (Heidelberg Centre)

May 31, 2017

Time: Cocktails available at 6:00 pm; Dinner from 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm |
   Location: Dim Sum King (421 Dundas Street West, Toronto)


Teaching and Research Skills Development

Session: M10 - Roundtable: Graduate Life and Mental Health

Date: May 31, 2017 | Time: 03:45pm to 05:15pm | Location: POD-370 (Podium Building)| iCal iOS / Outlook

Chair/Présidente: Sarah Shoker (McMaster University)

Discussant/Commentatrice: Sandra Yao (University of Ottawa)

Participants & Authors/Auteurs:

Marguerite Marlin (McMaster University)
Jessica Merolli (Sheridan College)
Alison James (University of British Columbia)
Benjamin Butler (University of Toronto)

The intersection between graduate education and mental health has received mainstream attention by publications like The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. These publications are a response to a growing body of research that highlights how rates of mental illness in academic staff are 3 to 4 times higher than the general population (see: Winefield 2003) and how there is a “culture of acceptance” that surrounds mental illness in academia (Academics Anonymous 2014). Yet though the conversation about mental health is expanding, university administrations and faculties have been slow to provide material support for graduate students and, in some cases, cite neoliberal measures like cost-cutting to reduce or eliminate funding. These structural barriers extend to teaching and create additional strains on undergraduate education. Incorporating both experiential and academic knowledge, panel participants will explore the structural challenges that have prevented graduate mental health from being properly addressed. The panel also identifies mental health as a policy gap that academic associations and student governments should take seriously. This panel hopes to be participatory in nature, and we welcome audience feedback, questions, and comments. A list of policy suggestions will be identified and introduced to the CPSA’s Board of Directors.