Navigating the Path to Tenure and Promotion in White Academy

March 4, 2021

10:00am PT / 11:00am MT / 12:00pm CT / 1:00pm ET / 2:00pm AT / 2:30pm NT

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This webinar aims to offer strategies to navigate the path to tenure for early-career BIPOC faculty members employed at Canadian post-secondary institutions. BIPOC faculty members are underrepresented in tenure-track positions in sociology and other relevant fields (while overrepresented as precarious, part-time instructors). The small number of BIPOC scholars who do manage to secure tenure-track academic positions are often hired in response to the institutional agenda to diversify the university. In such contexts, these faculty members face additional challenges that their white counterparts do not. Tenure and promotion pathways for racialized faculty members are hindered by added expectations for service, including the formal labour of organizing equity initiatives in their institutions and the informal labour of providing mentorship and support for racialized students. This additional labour occurs at the same time that BIPOC faculty struggle to gain scholarly recognition among academic peers; encounter racism and microaggressions from students, staff, and other faculty members; and experience isolation due to a lack of institutional support.

This webinar will provide a venue for early-career scholars hear from tenured BIPOC scholars at Canadian universities about the strategies that have been effective (and not) in their progression through academic ranks, strategies including resistance, right of refusal, and the importance of recognizing institutional resistance to change.

This event is organized by the Canadian Sociological Association’s Equity Subcommittee; Irene Shankar, Mount Royal University; Gülden  Özcan, University of Lethbridge, Robert Henry, University of Saskatchewan, Kristin Lozanski, Western University, and Carieta Thomas, University of Calgary

Moderator:

Kristin Lozanski, King’s University College, Western University

Panelists:

Xiaobei Chen, Carleton University

Xiaobei Chen is Professor of Sociology and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. She is President of the Canadian Sociological Association (2020-2021). Her research and teaching interests include: sociology of childhood and youth, governance and power, citizenship, racism, colonialism, citizenship, the Chinese diaspora, and Buddhist social thought. Her latest book is a co-edited volume The Sociology of Childhood and Youth in Canada. Her current research and community engagement are around anti-Chinese, anti-Asian racism associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enaski Dua, York University

Enakshi Dua is a Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University. She teaches critical race theory, anti-racist feminist theory, post colonial studies and feminist theory. She has published extensively on theorizing racism and anti-racism, racism in Canadian Universities, equity policies and anti-racism policies. Her notable publications include Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought, The Hindu Woman’s Question, From Subjects To Aliens: Indian Migrants, The Racialisation of Canadian Citizenship, Decolonising Anti-Racism, Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories and The Equity Myth: Race, Racialization and Indigeneity in Canadian Universities.

Irene Shankar, Mount Royal University

The distinguishing mark of Irene Shankar’s academic career is her dedication to critical engagement with complex intersections of marginalization and inequality within her scholarship and teaching. A sociologist, Dr. Shankar’s main areas of interest are the Sociology of Gender, Intersectional Feminist Theories, Critical Race Theory, and the Sociology of Health and Illness.  Dr. Shankar’s ability to use her critical scholarship to inspire activism and change has resulted in numerous commendations for her leadership in both teaching and research. She is a recipient of the 2013 Champion Award from the Students’ Association of MRU and the 2016 Distinguished Faculty Award, and a three-time nominee for MRU Teaching Award. Her current research projects concerns individualized and gendered constructions of risk and responsibility during the H1N1 Pandemic in Alberta in 2009 and SSHRC IDG funded research on (under)utilization of feminist expertise within PSI sexual assault policies and programs.

Cora Voyageur, University of Calgary

Cora Voyageur is a professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Calgary. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Alberta where her dissertation explored Indigenous Peoples’ employment and their involvement with the Employment Equity Act. Her research focuses on the Indigenous experience in Canada that includes: women’s issues, politics, employment, community and economic development and health. She has conducted extensive community-initiated research with many First Nations and Indigenous organizations.

Voyageur has given invited conference papers across Canada, the United States, Britain, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. She is the author of approximately 50 academic articles and book chapters. She is currently writing books on Indigenous Women in Canada and Indigenous Leadership.

Voyageur is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.

 

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