Questions about how to communicate with others appropriately and professionally; communication etiquette

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Does a font exist that allows for an equally pleasant reading experience on screen and on paper? [closed]

I recently sent out quite a number of CVs, proposals, requests and reports, and they usually go to a number of people/readers at the same time (co-workers, collaborators, their bosses, my bosses, the ...
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What are the main difficulties for someone who is mute to be successful in academia?

There are several posted questions regarding people who have had struggles, but ultimately were able to succeed, in academia while being blind. My question is regarding being mute (by choice or ...
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Is it necessary for a grad student to respond to phone calls, as long as they're responsive on email?

I am asking this for a friend who hopes to enter grad school for a PhD next year in science. This person has a cell phone but almost always turns it off and has no voice mail (meaning there is no way ...
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I hope to contact a professor in the grad school i want to work under him. What are some tips and things I should pay attention to in my email?

I will go to a grad school this summer. I don't want to make mistakes in that email as I really work to work under him. I wrote an email before I applied and he said we can talk. What should I write ...
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How long and formal should a paper revision letter to the editor be?

I submitted a paper to a journal, they replied saying that they consider it worthy to be published if I corrected a few minor errors, and I have corrected them so it's ready to be sent back. Someone ...
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How to pick the brain of a professor with whom you have no connection

I want to learn more about a specific part of a narrow, fledgling field. I want to have a 30 minute conversation with a the burgeoning experts in this area of study -- they are all researchers at ...
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How do you verify facts claimed by a deceased author?

The question may not be relevant to this site (feel free to close it if it's not). And it's not a question arising in my capacity as an academic. I was recently reading a book, and I came across a ...
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Podcasts like Manager Tools/Career Tools, but for academics: Do they exist?

The Manager Tools and Career Tools series of podcasts are industry-oriented, but I find great value in them as I retool for an academic career. I was never a manager in my industry career, but the ...
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What is a diplomatic way to tell a professor that progress hasn't been made because of their lack of communication?

Here is the scenario: in a collaborative effort, our group was to work with another group/professor to write a paper on some work we had previously done. I, a grad student, am to be the main ...
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Questions to speaker per Smartphone in University lectures

I was at the MIT-Vienna-Conference and they had a pretty nice App-System (Superevent), where Questions to the Speaker could be asked per the Superevent-app, upvoted from others and finally answered by ...
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How can I approach my professor when he is sending me indirect messages with another person?

After achieving my masters degree, i applied for a phd program at the same university i was graduated from. In Germany, a person has to find 2 advisors to be registered as a phd student and thats it ...
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How to address a professor that makes offensive comments (that they don't realize are offensive)?

I am currently in a financial accounting class with a professor that has used offensive (in my opinion) commentary in her lectures since my first exposure. Examples of comments she makes: ...
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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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Am I helping my graduate students too much?

As a new university professor, I have been informally tasked with making sure the MSc students in my program are prepared for their dissertations, by prepping them in my research methods course. My ...
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Professor not replying to my email

Currently, I am a Master's student, and I sent an email to a professor from another department in my university. The email was about a topic which could simply be answered as yes or no. But, I have ...
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Professor/supervisor switches from writing emails in his native and local language to English - how to react?

A professor of mine, who's native language is German and who is teaching a class in English in a German speaking country, suddenly answered an e-mail which I wrote in German (I'm a native German ...
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Suggestions for working effectively with international students from a non-western culture

I am a Masters graduate student studying finance at a large public university located in a major city. Recently, I accepted a job as a teaching assistant. A significant number of students are from ...
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How should I stay in professional contact with former supervisors and/or colleagues?

I want to ask if anyone still keeps in touch with former supervisors and/or colleagues from previous universities and how to do it in a professional way. I want to keep in touch with them for not ...
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PhD defence announcement

What information should contain a (A4-sized, landscape-oriented) poster announcing a PhD defence? What idioms, jargon or style is usually used? Could you provide some models or examples?
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A professor of mine pronounces an author's name incorrectly, what should I do?

My literature professor pronounces the name of a very famous novelist incorrectly (I've searched quite a bit and I'm sure of it). I'll have an oral examination soon, and I'm not entirely sure whether ...
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How should you deal with a teacher who is difficult to understand?

Related but not a dupe. One of my Japanese teachers often explains things in a difficult to understand way, or because she uses a lot of Japanese quite quickly, sometimes with constructions we haven't ...
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What is the weight on the applicant's personality for tenure?

Assume that someone is an excellent researcher (many awards and at least 7-8 publications a year) and a very good teacher but he is not "liked" by some of the tenured faculty in the department (due to ...
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How to email current students in graduate programs you're considering?

What is the right approach for sending emails to contact the graduate students in the graduate schools that we are applying to? Some questions to ask current graduate students are suggested in this ...
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How can I efficiently communicate new research ideas to/with potential supervisor? [closed]

Background/context: I am a PhD student in experimental physics. I expect to graduate by the end of this year and have begun applying for postdoc positions. I recently contacted a professor (I'll call ...
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Chair of my committee keep adding and changing ideas

I am trying to defend my proposal and I have a very inefficient professor as the chair of my committee. He keep adding and changing ideas consistently. I get the feeling that he doesn't really know ...
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What should you do when your supervisor is ill?

While somewhat related to this recent question but this situation is different in that my supervisor has over the recent months had unspecified health issues. It has not overly effected our ...
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My student told me his mother has cancer, what do I do?

Today I saw that one of my students in the class was looking very sad. He sat down at the end of class and he looked like he was in a bad mood. After all the students left the classroom I called him ...
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Filling in gaps in lecturer's instruction

I am studying a Honours level Reading Unit. A Reading Unit is quiet unlike the traditional be lectured to type units. It is based on the principle that everyone in the unit has mastered how to do ...
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Is it okay to ask a professor if he is going to attend a certain conference

I am planning to attend a prestigious conference in the near future, and I was wondering if a certain professor who I wish to meet and I would love to do my phd degree and research under his ...
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How to handle an advisor who communicates badly and puts me in a bad position as a result?

I'm frequently put in an awkward position by my advisor: he communicates pretty badly (vague, doesn't give enough information, isn't clear with what he wants, references things that could mean many ...
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How to go about contacting an author regarding questions on their research?

There is a scientist I am interested in contacting with expertise in peptidomics. I would like to email them to ask if they had ever explored findings from a related area of research. How do I ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for access to an advisor/supervisor during summer time?

At the end of a recent lengthy meeting with my supervisor, in preparation for my end of year GRC (Graduate Research Committee) meeting, I asked about if I would be able to contact them during the ...
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How to explain to college that religious observance precludes me from living on campus, as required?

I am planning to attend a college that requires students to live on campus, in a coed setting. As an observant Muslim, I cannot do that. The college asked me to write a letter explaining why I cannot ...
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How should academics handle communication with the media?

I'm not famous enough of a scientist to be frequently solicited by the media* (plus my field has little political/social controversy around it), but I had a few encounters with local newspapers and ...
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Should I charge entry for a public lecture?

I am a research scientist, and as part of my role I am expected to perform some form of public outreach and engagement. I enjoy outreach activities and giving public lectures. I have a suspicion ...
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What leads to contentious tenure cases and can they be avoided?

After hearing about an incredibly contentious tenure case at my alma mater and several other contentious ones, I'm curious to hear how such issues come to be. Some issues that seem to be at play: ...
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Presentation Rules (e.g. 7x7 in Undergrad Communications Courses): are they supported by evidence?

I taught a Business Communications course that brashly asserted that good presentations follow the 7x7 rule (max 7 lines of text per slide, max 7 words per line). I also "learned" this in my ...
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Should a student use the email account provided by the university to communicate with professors?

I am an undergraduate and I do not know much about the rules of writing an email. The email system used by our university is not convenient at all: it responds slowly, often crashes, and its common to ...
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Etiquette for effective workshop comments

After a few years of graduate school, I've noticed that I may not be asking questions and making criticism in the workshops in the best way. By "best," I have two goals for comments. The first ...
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“Soft” ways to contribute to the research community in a new and growing field

I am doing my PhD research in a new multidisciplinary field within Computer Science. It is new in the sense that there are still no tools/implementations publicly available and several workshops ...
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Can I tactfully change my mind after agreeing to do an independent study with a professor?

I recently asked two professors by email if I could do an independent study with them. Both of them responded, saying that they can sponsor me for the study. As soon as I received the first ...
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Dealing with irresponsiveness from far-away scientists

When meeting some scientists in person, I've had good conversations with decisions upon interesting plans for research cooperation and personal visits. But then, subsequent contact by e-mail is ...