English, CME Profs Make Headlines

November 04, 2011 - In the News

U of G English professor Daniel Fischlin is making headlines this week with his new Romeo + Juliet: The Shakespeare App, which is now available for iPads, iPhones and iPods.

Fischlin appeared on the CBC radio program Ontario Morning on Thursday and was featured in newspaper articles including in the London Free Press.

Fischlin worked with student research assistants and members of the Guelph IT community to develop the affordable content-rich multimedia device that delivers literary classics to the digital generation. Read more

A column by Prof. Sylvain Charlebois, associate dean, research and graduate studies, in the College of Management and Economics (CME), appeared in the Globe and Mail this week. The editorial discusses the government’s recent and controversial decision to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly on western wheat and barley, and Canadian supply management

Charlebois is an award-winning researcher and teacher and an expert on global food systems. He studies food distribution and safety and has published two books and numerous articles. He is currently writing a third book on global food safety systems.

Sean Lyons, a business professor in CME, was featured this week in the Globe and Mail and in Maclean’s magazine online.

The articles featured his latest research, a three-year study on career and wage expectations of “millennial students” born in 1980 or later. Conducted with Linda Schweitzer of Carleton University and Eddy Ng of Dalhousie University, the study was released this week on the researchers’ website, www.gencareershift.ca.

The study looked at 3,000 Canadians who were working or seeking employment. The researchers found that millennial students expect average first-year salaries of $48,860 for men and $42,060 for women. Those figures match actual earnings of current university graduates.

But asked what salary they expect after five years, women said they expect to make an average of $67,766, and men said $84,868. That would require salaries to increase by between 12 per cent and nearly 15 per cent a year, compared with the actual average increase of three per cent.

Millennials also believe that six-figure incomes are normal, although only about four per cent of Canadians earn more than $100,000.

They also consider it acceptable to change jobs often, citing reasons such as time off for travel and family time.

Lyons says parents, teachers and employers perpetuate students’ misperceptions about opportunities and high salaries after graduation.

The complete findings are available online.

Lyons studies workplace demographics, especially the challenges of managing diverse employees varying from twentysomethings to seniors. People are especially interested in the millennial generation, he says.

In an article in U of G’s Portico magazine in 2008 — the year he joined CME — Lyons said: “I knew this was going to happen because, as a professor, I’ve seen some of these same changes in the classroom in terms of attitude and values. I knew this tsunami was going to eventually hit the workplace.” Read more

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