Queries related to progression of academics in various capacities from a student to a professor and the various stages involved in the process.

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Is Dean-hood largely irreversible, and if so why?

In academia, I have noticed a number of cases where a professor who becomes a Dean (or other non-department administrative post like Provost) effectively permanently stops being a researcher ...
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Why do some mathematics professors teach more/less courses than others?

Not sure if this belongs on the Academia site, but since I'm a math major and the question is based solely on my observation of mathematics professors, I figured this site would be best. At my ...
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Does engineering branch in India really doesn't matter for success? [on hold]

I had just seen a post on quora that the branch doesn't really matter to be success. the post stated that if i need to choose between CS-branch(which i want) from tier-3 college and EE-Branch(which i ...
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Chances of research position in mathematics without going to a top graduate school?

I'm a student at a reasonably prestigious, but not top, graduate program in mathematics. I'm happy here- I really like the professors in my research group, and I feel like I'm a pretty good fit for ...
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Is it advisable in my case to take a second bachelor's degree?

I graduated from an unprestigious school that most people consider a diploma mill. I finished a social science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences of the school, but I’m ashamed to tell other ...
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Paving one's way out of academia

The current research climate favors the proliferation of many early-career-stage researchers (PhD students, postdocs) who have not enough places to go if they want to stay in academic research (recent ...
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How has this decision affected my academic career? (1 year gap) [on hold]

I will just project my mind here and see where it goes. A lot of this will seem childish/immature/ Due to various problems from a multitude of directions in my life; some serious, some idiotic ...
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Must I go for mscd or diploma [on hold]

I am currently confused I was doing degree in computer science and for some reason I dropped. 2011 I got learnership in system development 2013 and I got system development certificate. I did scjp6. ...
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How can I go about graduate school admissions? Lack of coursework, poor GPA [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate in their penultimate year in the US, although for financial reasons I am thinking of graduating next month instead of next year. For a long time, I've wanted to go into academia: ...
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Is it bad to apply to the same PhD program two years in a row?

I will be entering my first year of college next Fall. Even if most of my AP classes don't count for credit, I will probably be eligible to graduate after six 15–16 credit semesters. Though my desires ...
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What should I do now? [closed]

I am 34. I have a second-class honors degree and a first class masters degree in I&C Eng. I just quitted my bank job. Antagonistic colleagues were freaking me out, and, my health was deteriorating ...
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Being a Computer Scientist without a B.Sc in computer science [closed]

I am a 22 year old from sri lanka. I am pursuing an external degree from my countries best school for computing. The degree goes as Bachelor of Information technology. I had a huge passion toward ...
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Phd at same uni as MSc, possible offer but would like to change topic/group if possible

I need some advice on how to diplomatically handle this situation: I will submit my master's thesis in a few weeks, and I am pretty sure that I want to do a PhD afterwards. Research is what I want to ...
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I want to leave my tenure track position before fall. I have great prospects but no new position “locked up”: when should I break the news?

I am a relatively new tenure track faculty member at my school. For many reasons, I am certain I want to leave my current position. All of my reasons are professional reasons; there are no relocation ...
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Non-traditional graduate student?

Back in the early 90s I got a Secondary Education degree with double-majors in English and Mathematics. I went on to get an MFA in Poetry from a well-respected department. But I never got a book ...
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Increasing chances of getting a research internship with no experience?

I am starting an MSc in Computer Science in the autumn and I am concerned that I don't have any research experience. My interest is in Theoretical Computer Science and I am finding it hard to find any ...
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How long do I study on my own before applying to math grad school?

I'm one of those who realized near the end of their Bachelor's in Business Mgmt that they really really love math. I'm interested in research in pure, theoretical math. I am confident in my ability to ...
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Changing tactics when natural ability is reached?

Question What habits and attitudes need to change when one hits the upper bounds of natural ability? This is the situation where you can no longer increase your rate of advancement. In effect your ...
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Just got tenured and promoted, but need to move for family reasons

I just got tenured and promoted to an associate professor, the contract for which will start from Fall this year. However, my partner, who is also in academia just accepted an position in another city ...
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Referee reports not coming

It happened the third time to me and I start wondering what is going on? I have submitted two papers since May last year (11 months) and didn't get any answer. I wrote to the editors and they answered ...
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Should Ph.D. students interested with research remain as research assistant until they find a research position or just find any job?

As faculty or postdoc positions at top schools are getting hard to land, should Ph.D. students interested with research continue to work as research assistants and publish more, or try to get a ...
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What other academic disciplines aside from literature can a writer who hates mathematics specialize in?

Almost every discipline in humanities and science requires some level of math. It seems to me that math majors can specialize in any field they like, while people who are good with words are stuck ...
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Is there any way to only do research after getting a Ph.D.?

I'm currently a Master's student in my final year and I want to start a Ph.D. next year. I really like doing research (one of my papers got published in a fairly reputable journal), but I more or less ...
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Is it a good idea to take a break from studying a mathematics PhD and then considering revisiting academia at a later stage?

In September I properly started a mathematics PhD at a UK university straight after my undergraduate MMath degree at a different university. On the whole, I am enjoying the experience - the teaching, ...
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How to narrow down focus in humanities/social sciences?

I’m looking to enroll in a social studies/humanities undergraduate course, but I’m unsure of which subjects to focus on in my studies. I have ambitions to progress on to postgraduate study, research ...
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How can I get into computer science research as a high school student?

I am in High-School but want to pursue research in Computer Science, but as you know High-School usually does not offer any such options or tasks. So I want to explore avenues where I can get these ...
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Is a Graduate Performance Diploma considered an academic degree for purposes of PhD admissions or faculty job search?

This question might be appropriate for music SE but I am looking for more academic views. I know of Associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. Inside of these are different fields. I have ...
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How can I show local universities that I am someone they will want to hire in a few years?

I've split this question into a general question that I feel applies to many people and specific details for those who are interested. General question:I have accepted a 2-year teaching/research ...
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Can you do a post graduate in Math(or some other hard sciences) if you major in a soft science?

It seems possible to go from soft sciences to hard sciences. For example one professor in my philosophy department initially did math as an undergraduate. So I am wondering can you go the opposite ...
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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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Is it realistic to continue academic career if a supervisor is a sophist?

I was writing my bachelor's degree and that went quite bad. The reason was that my supervisor was a sophist, in my opinion. For example, when I wrote in my thesis: "Let n be the cardinality of the ...
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Is it a good idea to leave a PhD program for another one in a better school after two years?

I am finishing my second year as a PhD student in computer science and I have an opportunity to go to a much higher ranked school. Is it a good idea to just leave my current program to the future ...
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Are faculty positions more competitive than government research lab positions?

Whenever I've been in the audience of a faculty interview presentation, I left impressed but demoralised. It appears the bar of making it as far as the interview is very high indeed, and I don't know ...
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What do you need to work in administration at universities?

I would like to work in administration at university and I was wondering if there is any specific course/qualification that will increase my possibilities of doing so. In particular, I was thinking ...
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Can I be a lecturer without doing research?

This is probably a question quite opposite to the general vibe of people in academia, but oh well. I am a UK-based PhD student and as I progress through my programme I notice more and more that my ...
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Do research-only postdocs harm chances for tenure-track opportunities?

Suppose a person spends their PhD at an institute with a high ratio of PhD students to other students, resulting in a very low teaching load for PhD students, resulting in no or almost no ...
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Is talking about quitting to your supervisor a point of no return?

I have been feeling miserable about my PhD degree situation for a bit of time, and I just started therapy. So far I've tried not to take drastic decisions such as quitting, because I know I am ...
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Is it a mistake to fail to mention future career plans in an application for admission to an MSc in pure mathematics?

I am applying to various universities to study for an msc in maths or pure maths. After sending of my application I have realized that I have not mentioned anything in the way future career plans. ...
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Is it normal for a graduate student's fate to depend on the success of a breakthrough idea?

I am officially a graduate student in a different department than where I have been working for the last ~6 months. (..(un?)fortunately this department where I were I now work is ranked almost the ...
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Should I quit my PhD - workload, self-esteem and social life [closed]

I don't really want a degree. I just want to get married, and have weekends and evenings off, and chill out and play board games, and have nice conversations with friends, and have time to exercise ...
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Postdoc or Job?

I currently have 6 years of teaching experience and a PhD (in mathematics if that helps). I am left wondering where to go next. I would like to try out industry and the private sector (they pay ...
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Why do some individuals who are productive PhD students at leading Western institutions, then publish infrequently as faculty in their home country?

I am a computer science student from Turkey. While I was checking the websites and publications of various CS Professors in Turkey for my future studies, I noticed a strange trend. (Excluding minor ...
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Is it possible for people with a stutter to have a career in academia?

I understand that it is difficult for people with stuttering to verbally communicate and explain their ideas/research or to give lectures. Does that means there is no chance for them to work in ...
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how useful are solo papers?

I have heard a few times that having single-author papers is good for your career. I suppose this is because it shows you are capable of producing research on your own. But I wonder if it is a ...
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Indecision between PhD and industry

First a little bit of background. I am a graduate student (Bachelor) that will finish the Master degree in june or july at most. I am working on my thesis at my university with a professor that I ...
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What credit does inclusion in “Who is Who” book add to the researchers and academicians?

This question has two intents. Firstly sharing an email I received, as an academician, with other academicians and also clarification on the contents of this email and the way it works. I have ...
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Is pursuing a second PhD in the same or related field a viable means of returning to academia after a decade in industry?

I have a PhD from a reasonably good program in pure math, but I had no support from my department or adviser and so went into industry afterward. I'm unhappy with the situation, and I'd love to return ...
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How to keep plans for a job change quiet?

I am most likely leaving my permanent position at my current university for a permanent position at a new university. I have been given an unofficial offer and we have agreed to terms. I have been ...
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How often do mathematics professors move up from mediocre schools to good ones?

How often do mathematics professors move up from mediocre schools to good ones? For example, let's say someone did some ok research at a postdoc and then went to industry for 10 years and afterwards ...
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Would a (temporary) industry position before starting a tenure-track position have a negative effect on academic career?

I have obtained a tenure-track offer (computer science) starting in 1 year that I'm planning to accept. I'm currently a postdoc in theoretical computer science and I'm facing the situation where I ...