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Faculty-specific census results show there is more to be done

In July 2020, McMaster released the aggregated results of the university-wide 2019 Employment Equity Census. Human Resources has now provided Faculty-specific employment data on MUFA faculty to help inform ongoing equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous strategies (EDIIS) initiatives in each Faculty.

Sep 17, 2020

The Faculty of Social Sciences report examines representation specifically among McMaster University Faculty Association (MUFA) members. In total, 76 per cent of MUFA faculty in Social Sciences participated in the six-question survey.

Here are a few findings outlined in the report.

  • From 2017 to 2019, there was composition growth in percentage points among three of the four equity-seeking groups within Social Sciences: racialized persons (+0.3 PP), persons with disabilities (+1.1 PP) and women (+2.8 PP).
  • The percentage point composition of Indigenous Peoples decreased over the two-year period (-1.2 PP).
  • There was a significant or very significant gap in representation of all four equity seeking groups among full professors.
  • Among assistant professors, there were no significant gaps, as compared to labour market availability, for any of the four equity-seeking groups.

The data from the report has already helped inform a review of Social Sciences’ faculty hiring process, in conjunction with the new SPS 1A Policy on Recruitment and Selection of Faculty Members and corresponding Faculty Recruitment and Selection Handbook, both revised this summer. We now have Faculty-specific implementation guidelines for faculty hiring processes that conform with the SPS 1A policy.

Strategic planning and EDIIS

The census data will also be helpful as we enter a season of strategic planning, with a focused lens on EDIIS initiatives. We will be devoting a portion of the upcoming staff and faculty strategic planning consultations to discussing and developing plans to enhance EDI for all equity-seeking groups. You’ll soon receive more information about these events, including registration instructions.

A new advisory group

Ahead of those consultation meetings, the Faculty’s leadership has been working to develop infrastructure to best advance and monitor EDI strategies and initiatives in the Faculty. We are pleased to announce the establishment of a Faculty of Social Sciences Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenous Strategies (EDIIS) Advisory Group.

The primary mandate of the EDIIS Advisory Group is to advise the dean on matters related to EDI in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The 13-member group will act as a critical resource to provide suggestions on EDIIS initiatives to achieve EDIIS goals, and they will monitor and report on the Faculty’s progress against those goals.

The group comprises eight faculty members, one from each Department and School, three staff members and two students, one undergraduate and one graduate representative.

Here is the advisory group membership for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Kee Yong (Anthropology)
  • Irene Botsaru (Economics)
  • Lydia Kapiriri (Health, Aging and Society)
  • Stephanie Premji (Labour Studies)
  • Inder Marwah (Political Science)
  • Celia Rothenberg (Religious Studies)
  • Ameil Joseph (Social Work)
  • Vanessa Watts (Sociology)
  • Emma Pechman (Social Psychology)
  • Carrie McMullin (Indigenous Studies Program)
  • Cynthia Belaskie (FSS, Research Program)
  • Undergraduate Representative: TBD
  • Graduate Representative: TBD

We invite your feedback and comments as we continue to develop a plan to address inequities in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Please contact your chair or director, or email Thanks to those of you who have already taken time to share your concerns and experiences.

Read the full Faculty of Social Sciences census report.