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June 22, 2014

Exposing academia’s outrageous pay gap

The current president and vice chancellor of the University of Alberta, Indira Samarasekera, is leaving next summer. This means that her job, which pays at least 400,000 Canadian dollars (about $368,500), is up for grabs. I’m sure the search committee expected a lot of top talent in the application pool — but they probably didn’t expect 56 Canadian academics, fed up with a highly paid administration in the face of country-wide “austerity” measures, applying for Samarasekera’s job in groups of four.

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