Women much less likely to be reappointed deans: Canadian study

March 7, 2017

Women are much less likely than men to be reappointed as faculty deans in Canada, according to a new study by Eric Lavigne, a PhD student at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. The study analyzed almost 300 appointment and reappointment announcements between 2011 and 2016, and found that 71% of reappointments were men and just 29% were women. “Women are obtaining these positions in the first instance, but these roles do not seem to hold enough of an attraction for women deans to stay on,” said Lavigne. Times Higher Education reports that in Lavgine's yet to be published study of the “maple career ladder,”  the author also finds that ethnic-minority academics are less likely to be reappointed dean than their white peers. Times Higher Education