A recently obtained ATIPP request reveals that yet another administrative position has been created with a salary over $150K. Dr. Delores Mullings received the appointment as Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
The appointment is for a period of five years, and upon completion of her term, Dr. Mullings will return to her academic position as Associate Professor of Social Work. The position of Vice-Provost EDI can be renewed for up to five years. Her starting salary is $157,110.
Dr. Mullings is responsible for developing a five-year strategic plan that will serve as a framework for annual plans with goals, activities, and outcomes to be submitted at the beginning of each academic year. During the early stages of her appointment, resources will be identified and then a source of funding provided for the resources.
Instead of hiring yet another administrator with a hefty salary for people at the university to look up at, it seems that a better approach would have been for the university to provide funding for more on-the-ground staff who work with students directly. For example, with the current model at the Blundon Centre for students with disabilities, most staff positions are contractual for one year at a time, which has resulted in a rapid change over in staff at the Blundon Centre. It takes time for staff to learn all the knowledge needed to adequately assist students and build relationships with the students, professors, and staff. This is just one example; additional staff at the Indigenous Student Resource Centre would be good as well.
The students deserve better.
Below is Dr. Delores Mullings’s employment contract:
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.