While there are more women than men in academic positions in MDHS, historically in the faculty, there has been a significant gender imbalance in senior academic leadership. For example, between 2016-2019 women made up approximately 32% of Level E Professors and approximately 42% of Level D Associate Professors.
Following concerted efforts towards shifting this, there has been an increase in promotion applications from women across the faculty. In 2022, women now make up 42% of Level E Professors, and 53% of Level D Associate Professors (see graph below).
MDHS Academic Level by Gender 2016-2022
In 2022 the Supporting Women in MDHS (SWiM) for Promotion program supported 67 women through the academic promotions process. Participants were from a range of disciplines across the faculty and included staff in research, teaching and specialist roles. This was the first year that mentoring support was offered to Level B women, and the largest program cohort was Level C researchers.
Specifically, in 2022, 83% of the women promoted to Level C were SWiM program participants, 81% promoted to Level D Associate Professor were SWiM mentee. At the Professorial Level, 100% of the SWiM mentees who applied for promotion to Level E Professor were successful.
The most valuable aspect was being connected to others. There is power in knowing that you're not going through the process alone and that support is available.
SWiM event with mentees and mentors at the Dax Gallery, July 2022.