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CAUT Bulletin Archives

March 2009

Salary conclusions clearly tentative

I am surprised you featured the re­sults from the Boston College study so pro­minently in the Bulle­tin (“Entry-Level Salaries Highest in Canada,” December 2008). The study authors take great pains to say their work is exploratory and there are limitations and caveats to their conclusions other than those mentioned at the end of the article.

In addition to those set out by the authors, there are serious pro­blems with the use of simple (rather than weighted) averages, use of pre­liminary data for Canadian faculty salaries that had just slightly more than half of the Ca­nadian institutions reporting, and potential pro­blems with adjustments for the nine month academic year used in the United States.

All of these make their findings about relative salaries much more tentative and uncertain than what was expressed in the article.

Felice Martinello
Brock University

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