UMontréal professors pen open letter denouncing “sexist appointment” of arts dean

May 12, 2017

The Université de Montréal is facing allegations of sexism after passing over an Acting Dean for promotion to Dean of its Faculty of Arts. In an open letter to La Presse, over a hundred UMontréal professors argued that Acting Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Tania Saba, should have received the five-year appointment to full dean instead of her male counterpart, Frédéric Bouchard. Saba had been acting dean for over two years, and had received over 65% of faculty support in a consultation, according to the letter. “We are extremely angry and stunned,” said Marie-Thérèse Chica, a full professor at the School of Industrial Relations at UMontréal and a signatory of the letter. “Tania Saba's career is impressive, her competence is obvious, there is no reason to justify this choice.” The professors have urged UMontréal Rector Guy Breton to reverse the appointment decision. La Presse