Jim Turk

James L. Turk

Distinguished Visiting Professor

Previous Positions

Canadian Association of University Teachers – Executive Director 1998 – 2014

Carleton University – Institute of Political Economy – Adjunct Research Professor 2010 – Present

Canadian Union of Public Employees -Executive Assistant to the President 1996-1998

Ontario Federation of Labour – Director of Education 1986-1996

Ontario Council of Regents for Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology – Chair (Acting) 1991

United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of Canada – Director of Research 1981-1986

University of Toronto – Associate Professor 1975-1989, Assistant Professor 1970-1975


Jay Newman Award for Academic Integrity – University of Guelph Faculty Association

Peter C. Dooley Legacy Award – University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association

Distinguished Member Award – Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education

PhD — University of Toronto

MA — University of California, Berkeley

A.B. (magna cum laude) — Harvard University

Knox Fellow — Cambridge University

freedom of expression

science policy

post-secondary education

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Board Member

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Publications since 2000

Turk, James L. (ed.) (2014) Academic Freedom in Conflict: The Struggle over Free Speech Rights in the University. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Turk, James L. and Wahl, Charis (eds.), (2012) Love, Hope, Optimism: An informal portrait of Jack Layton by those who knew him. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Turk, James L. (ed). (2008). Universities at Risk: How Politics, Special Interests and Corporatization Threaten the Integrity of the University. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Guyatt, Gordon H., Cass, Carol E., Jackson, Alan C., Smith, Derryck H., Welch, J. Philip and Turk, James L. (2008). Protecting Academic Freedom. Open Medicine, 2(2) http://www.openmedicine.ca/article/viewArticle/14/130

Catano, Victor M. and Turk, James L. (2007). Fraud and misconduct in scientific research: a definition and procedures for investigation. Med Law, 26(3):465-76.

Turk, James L. and Manson, Allan. (eds). (2007). Free Speech in Fearful Times: After 9/11 in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Europe. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Bruneau, William and Turk, James L. (eds). (2005). Disciplining Dissent: The Curbing of Free Expression in Academia and the Media. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Turk, James L. (ed). (2000). The Corporate Campus: Commercialization and the Dangers to Canada’s Universities and Colleges. Toronto: James Lorimer & Co.

Presentations (Selected 2011-2014)

Turk, James L. “Science Under Siege.” Joint session of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians, Canadian Population Society, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, Canadian Society for the Study of Education, and Canadian Sociological Association at the Congress for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. St. Catharines, Ont., May 27, 2014.

Turk, James L., “The Future of the University and How We Can Shape It. Mount Royal University, May 12, 2014

Turk, James L. “The Remaking of the University” Ryerson University, Toronto. April 4, 2014

Turk, James L. “Academic Freedom.” University of Regina Academic Freedom Forum, March 27, 2014

Turk, James L. “Community-University Research.” Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University. March 17, 2014

Turk, James L. “More of the Story: Silence of the Labs and the undermining of science in Canada.” Science for Peace. University of Toronto, March 3, 2014

Turk, James L. “Protecting Academic Integrity When Universities Collaborate with Industry.” Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training, University of British Columbia, Feb. 25, 2014.

Turk, James L ”Danger of Outsourcing to U.S.-Linked Corporations.” Privacy Colloquium. University of Waterloo. Dec. 4, 2013

Turk, James L. “Putting Academics at Risk: University outsourcing of email and electronic services.” Faculty of Information. University of Toronto. Nov. 16, 2013

Turk, James L. “Challenges Facing Post-Secondary Educators in Canada.” Mount Royal University. Sept. 25, 2013

Turk, James L. “What’s the Big Deal about Academic Freedom.” Ontario Public Service Employees Union 2nd Annual College Faculty Symposium. Toronto. June 7, 2013

Turk, James L. “Austerity in Post-Secondary education: What’s being done to research.” Queen’s University, Kingston. April 11, 2013

Turk, James L., “What’s Happening to Research Funding in Canada. Simon Fraser University. March 25, 2013

Turk, James L. “The Future of Research in Canada.” Graduate Students Association. York University. Feb. 28, 2013.

Turk, James L. “Outsourcing to Google: A Bad Deal for York Academic Staff.” York University. Toronto. Feb. 5, 2013.

Turk, James L. “What Is Academic Freedom.” Canadian Association of University Business Officers Annual Workshop. Toronto. Nov. 9, 2012.

Turk, James L. “The Foundation of Real Universities.” Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C., Oct. 18, 2012.

Turk, James L. “Perspectives on Academic Freedom.” University of Waterloo. Sept. 6, 2012.

Turk, James L. “Academic Librarianship Under Attack: From Babbage to Kroc.” Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, May 4, 2012.

Turk, James L. “The Rhetoric, the Reality and the Price of University Accreditation in the United States.” Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, B.C., March 29, 2012.

Turk, James L. “Good Intentions, Bad Ideas: The JOD, Nil Appointments and the Future of Medical Education in Manitoba.” University of Manitoba. Winnipeg. March 8, 2011.

Turk, James L. Exploring the Future of E-mail, Privacy, and Cloud Computing. Ryerson University. Toronto, Feb. 24, 2011.

Turk, James L. “;Academic Freedom in Canada and the United States: Similar Threats, Different Responses.” Modern Languages Association. Los Angeles, CA. Jan. 6, 2011.