Volume 95, Issue 49

Wednesday, November 28, 2001
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By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

The Canadian government is allowing simultaneous international and domestic faculty recruiting to help ease vacancy fears at many Canadian universities.

Universities and other institutions were previously required to advertise in Canada for one full year before recruiting outside of Canadian borders, but now international recruitment will be much more permissible, said Sandy MacDonald, director of the foreign worker program forHuman Resources Development Canada.

Still, Canadian candidates will be given precedence in similar cases. "The fundamental principle of the policy is that Canadians – through the selection process – still have to be offered a position ahead of an equally qualified international applicant," McDonald said.

"We are facing alarming shortages of faculties, especially in areas such as computer science, math and business," said Greg Moran, Western's VP-academic.

"Canadian universities are producing nowhere near enough PhDs to satisfy this growing need," he said.

Moran said he does not expect the new policy to have an effect on employment for Canadians.

Robert Best, VP-national affairs for the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada said over the next 10 years, Canadian universities are going to need to recruit approximately 30,000 faculty members.

Best said the faculty shortage is due to an imbalance caused by increased enrollment and high numbers of retiring faculty.

"Canada only produces 3,000 PhDs per year and not even half of those go on to teach at universities," he said. "Canadian universities need to be able to compete for foreign faculty in a way that does not tie one hand behind their back.

Edward Ebanks, a professor of sociology and former president of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association, said he does not see the new policy as a threat to Canadian academics.

"I don't think we can fill all of the positions we need to with Canadians," he said.

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