Topic: Faculty

Gender quotas and targets would speed up progress on gender equity in academia

Recently, the University of Adelaide used a special exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to advertise eight academic positions in the faculty of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences for women only. This raises questions about why a university might take this approach. While Australia has had gender equality legislation for 30 years, there has been very slow progress towards addressing the gender equity issues plaguing the sector. To illustrate, women are still under-represented at senior levels. Only 27% of full professors (the main recruitment pool for top jobs) are women, and only 32% of Vice-Chancellors in public universities.

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When race triggers a call to campus police

On a beautiful spring afternoon on a picturesque college campus, two campus police officers responded to a black professor’s “good afternoon” with a request to see his identification. The professor paused for a moment but decided to comply. He wondered if perhaps his attire – slacks, a button-down shirt and loafers – didn’t signal that he belonged.

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What might the 2018 Ontario Budget mean for university faculty?

Given the upcoming election, it is widely understood that the 2018 Ontario Budget is as much a campaign platform document as a […]

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Race and gender still an issue at academic conferences

In the midst of social justice movements such as #MeToo, pervasive sexist and racist attitudes are being examined across all sectors, including […]

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Stop treating students like customers and start working with them as partners in learning

  Students and lecturers at the University of Queensland researching ‘students as partners’ activities across Australian universities. The University of Queensland University […]

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Canadian professors still face a gender pay gap

My sister and I are both professors. A few years ago, in the wake of the global financial crisis, she faced the possibility of a six per cent pay cut. She joked to me over the phone one night, “What am I going to do — have six per cent fewer thoughts?”

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University strikes: can workers fully withdraw labour in the digital age?

Over the past month, industrial action by academics has seen picket lines outide many universities in the UK. Supported by members of the student body and a range of other education workers, academics have stood outside in the cold, encouraging their colleagues to not enter the buildings, and to instead join the strike outside.

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Whiteness characterises higher education institutions – so why are we surprised by racism?

Rufaro Chisango, a black student at Nottingham Trent University, tweeted a video of students chanting “we hate the blacks” outside of her […]

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University lecturer explains why UK academics are striking over pension cuts

University staff across the UK are striking over changes to their pensions. Academics at 64 universities, who are members of the University […]

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Why the web has challenged scientists’ authority – and why they need to adapt

Academia is in the midst of a crisis of relevance. Many Americans are ignoring the conclusions of scientists on a variety of […]

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