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University Enacts New Pay Parity Measures For Senior Female Academics/Librarians

Tuesday December 7th, 2021, 6:21pm


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The University of Windsor is addressing historic gender pay gaps among the ranks of their most senior academics and librarians, following the work of a task force formed in November 2020 to examine the issue and make recommendations for redress.

The task force, which was a collaboration between the Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) and university administration, was formed by President & Vice-Chancellor Rob Gordon following senate discussions regarding employment equity.

In a repot, the task force found that a gender pay gap was revealed for senior librarians and full professors. No such gap was observed in associate and assistant professorships and lower ranked librarians.

Among other findings, the report notes that 41 of the 100 longest-serving faculty members are women, although only 19 women are among the top 100 earners.

In addition, the report states that female employees at the highest teaching and librarian ranks are paid less than their male counterparts at a rate that, on average, exceeds $1,000 per month. This gender pay gap was found to increase with time since tenure.

To address this inequity, an algorithm has been developed for the purpose of compensating female academics and librarians commensurate with years since tenure.

This algorithm, when applied across the compensation of all top-ranked female academics as of 2020, results in a reduction of the average gender pay gap from $13,528 to $92.

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