Women making slow but steady progress in executive, academic roles in PSE

October 16, 2013

University Affairs Deputy Editor Léo Charbonneau blogs about the number of women in senior roles at Canada’s universities, reporting that out of the 97 Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada member institutions, only 22 (23%) are led by women. However, Charbonneau also points out that the number of female university heads has grown; as of August 2009, there were only 16 women leading what were then 94 member institutions (17%). According to a 2012 report by the Council of Canadian Academies, as of 2008-09 women held one-third of all faculty positions in Canada; of those, approximately 43% were assistant professors, 36% were associate professors and 22% were full professors. A panel at this year’s Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education also discussed the lack of women in senior PSE roles, and concluded that “a change…can be achieved if there is a better relationship between the media and universities, so that diverse and positive stories about women are shared with the public.” University Affairs