Top Ten

July 10, 2018

Female professors earn less, take longer to be promoted: UOttawa committee

A joint union-university committee has found that female professors at the University of Ottawa earn $4K less per year and are more slowly promoted than their male counterparts, reports the Ottawa Citizen. Amir Attaran, a UOttawa law professor who sits on the committee, told the Citizen that the university has also been slow to address pay discrepancies for Indigenous, visible minority, and disabled faculty. A UOttawa spokesperson stated that the university is “aware and mindful of the situation.” The Citizen adds that the committee’s findings follow the University of Guelph’s announcement that all full-time female faculty will receive a $2K raise following a 2017 equity review. Ottawa Citizen

Coast Mountain to introduce Advanced Diploma in First Nations fine arts

Coast Mountain College has announced a new Third Year Advanced Diploma to be offered through the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. “This is an exciting opportunity for Indigenous artists to continue growing their skill sets in jewellery making and carving while learning more about the business side of marketing their work,” stated instructor Stan Bevan. According to a Coast Mountain release, the diploma builds on the First Nations Fine Arts Diploma. The ten-month program will feature a combination of business, jewelry-making, and sculpture courses. Nation Talk

TRU School of Education introduces new degree program

Kamloops This Week reports that Thompson Rivers University has introduced a new degree program for teachers of math and science. According to Ted Howe, an associate professor at the School of Education, the 12-month program emphasizes a “holistic style” education based on experiential, project-based, and inquiry-centred teaching. One of the previously completed projects involved teachers at a local middle school who worked with TRU scientists to study water. Instructor Carol Rees says that the program will make teachers aware of the potential collaborations available with TRU faculty and community organizations. Kamloops This Week

Laurentian, Sudbury-area partners lead research on Indigenous secondary education

The City of Greater Sudbury, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, the Rainbow District School, and Laurentian University will be collaborating on a research initiative titled “Strengthening Education and Improving Academic Success.” The initiative will see the partners conduct research into how curriculum can be developed and modified to improve First Nations student outcomes, learning supports, and learning activities. The findings will also contribute to a global UNESCO research project focused on Indigenous Education. The partners have received funding of nearly $250K over two years from the Government of Canada for the initiative. Newswire

Prince George resident obtains power to sue CNC, city over student’s death

A local resident says he might file a civil suit after Sandeep Kaur, an international student at the College of New Caledonia, was struck and killed by an impaired motorist, reports the Prince George Citizen. The resident, TJ Grewal, has been granted special power of attorney to sue CNC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the City of Prince George, and Michelle Denise Dac, the driver accused of striking the student. According to the Citizen, Kaur was pronounced dead at the scene, and Dac has been charged with impaired driving causing death and causing an accident resulting in death. Grewal alleges that CNC failed to restrict access to a doorway by the highway where Kaur was struck. No suit has yet been filed. Prince George Citizen

“There’s still time to fight,” but the humanities have to change: Hayot

“The humanities are institutionally more alone and more vulnerable than they have ever been,” writes Eric Hayot. After providing a sober view of the trends in humanities enrolments and hiring in the US, the author notes that he and his fellow professors “cannot go on allowing ourselves to accept students who believe that they will be the ones to make it.” In other words, the author argues that the humanities as they have been traditionally taught and practised are doomed and must change to meet the needs of a changing world. “But it doesn’t have to end, even if it does have to change,” the author concludes. “It is time to be creative, time to look for new ways to connect with our students, and help them love what the humanities can do for them. There’s still time to fight.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)

UWaterloo student group aims to ban wasteful plastic on campus

The Waterloo Association of Geography Students, a student group at the University of Waterloo, is aiming to ban the sale of plastic on campus by 2025. The Waterloo Region Record reports that the group aims to make UWaterloo a leader in sustainability by eliminating the sale of plastic items such as water bottles, plastic bags, straws, and unnecessary packaging. “We're a little behind in terms of single-use plastics,” said third-year student and group executive board member Abigail Shingler. “It is important to consider what you're using.” The Record reports that the group hopes to get students to think about what they are consuming and discover environmentally friendly alternatives. Waterloo Region Record

Durham introduces FANUC certification for EMTY graduates

Durham College has introduced FANUC certification to the Electromechanical Engineering Technology program. Graduates of the advanced diploma program will receive the internationally recognized FANUC Robotics Handling Tool operations and Programming Level 1 certification along with their diploma. Durham reports that the certification will give Durham graduates a substantial competitive advantage as they enter the workforce, as FANUC’s systems are reportedly installed more than any other brand in the world. The certification will be available to students enrolled in the program as of September 2018. Durham

Data is a new informational dimension to life, not a natural resource: Austin

In light of the federal government’s recently announced consultation on digital and data transformation, University of Toronto Faculty of Law chair Lisa Austin argues against treating data like a natural resource. Austin writes that the government framed the central issue of the consultation as “seeking a balance between economic innovation and privacy,” which Austin explains implies a tension that is not necessarily there and a “cramped framework” for understanding the stakes. Austin goes on to discuss data as an informational dimension to the life of an individual and of a community, as well as the nuance required when considering issues such as privacy language and human rights. Globe and Mail

Dal dean accused of bullying, harassment

CBC has learned that Dalhousie University is investigating complaints of bullying and harassment against the Dean of its Faculty of Management. According to an email obtained by CBC, Dal has hired an external investigator to look into the allegations and to provide a written report to President Richard Florizone. Dal declined to comment and did not confirm with CBC that an investigation is underway. Charlebois told CBC that he does not “usually comment on these issues.” CBC