Carol Jones to be first ever Assistant Dean for Diversity & Outreach

Carol Jones

Dr. Carol Jones

By Mitchell Zimmer
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

This week David Wardlaw, Dean of Science, announced that Dr. Carol Jones of the Departments of Physics & Astronomy, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics has accepted a 2-year term as Assistant Dean (Diversity & Outreach) commencing January 1, 2009.

The new position was created within the Faculty of Science to recognize and enhance the diversity of the faculty, staff and students, and fostering a culture of inclusion, equity and respect in which diversity can thrive.

Considering the following snapshot of data gleaned from the Canadian Association of University Teachers it is easy to see why the new postion was needed. 58% of undergraduate university student population across Canada are women. However, only 19% of undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in engineering and applied sciences are women and as their careers are tracked, they only make up 11% of the faculty in these fields. In mathematics and the physical sciences the figures are only marginally better; women make up 30% of the undergraduate and graduate students and 14% of the faculty. To make matters worse, the percentage of women who are faculty in science hasn’t changed since 1988.

The role of the Assistant Dean will include,
• enhancing the awareness of diversity issues amongst all members of the Faculty;
• development of strategies for the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellow and student body and oversee their implementation;
• co-ordination and enhancement of the many and varied outreach and recruitment activities at the Department, Faculty, and University levels.