The following Broadcast Message is being sent to all faculty members, UBC’s Vancouver campus, from Dr. David Farrar, Provost and Vice President Academic.
I am pleased to receive the reports of the DATA and SMART Working Groups on pay equity for women faculty at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Copies of the reports can be accessed at http://www.vpacademic.ubc.ca/ and on the Faculty Relations and UBC Equity Office websites.
These reports have their origins in studies conducted by the Equity Office and the Office of Planning and Institutional Research in 2007 and 2009 regarding pay equity for full-time tenure track professors at UBC Vancouver. Those studies resulted in meetings between the Faculty Association, the President, and the Provost in 2009. Subsequently, the Faculty Association and the Provost jointly sponsored two Working Groups which began their work in January 2010:
1. The DATA (Pay Equity Analysis and Resolution) Working Group, whose mandate focused on a quantitative analysis of gender-related pay inequity; and
2. The SMART (Structural Measures and Resolution Tactics) Working Group, charged with the task of designing mechanisms and processes to address some of the structural causes of pay inequities.
The Reports contain a number of findings and recommendations of pressing importance. Immediate steps are being undertaken to implement the recommendations. In the short term, an advisory committee is being established to assist in the appointment of a Senior Advisor to the Provost whose mandate will be focused on women faculty at UBC. The Equity Office and Faculty Relations are actively developing more robust training programs and best equity procedures for search committees, which we expect to implement in the near future. Other recommendations will be implemented in consultation with the Senior Advisor. These initiatives form part of a broader long-term strategy to address equity issues for women faculty at UBC, including issues of pay equity.
I want to acknowledge all of those individuals who have been involved in this process for the tremendous amount of thoughtful work they have done to date. The progress we have made is encouraging, but there remains much work to do.
The Provost’s Office will continue to update the UBC community as we move forward in this important endeavour.
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