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

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Collision and superimposition of signifiers? [on hold]

I have got a question that has something to do with semiotics. The following is a paragraph taken from David Holmes' Communication Theory. I could not understand what he meant by saying collision and ...
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Is the author obliged to answer all emailed questions regarding his or her paper after it had been published?

Is the author obliged to answer all emailed questions regarding the details of his or her paper after it had been published?
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Should I inform my professor of a very recent paper vaguely related to his research?

I'm currently an undergrad student and have found a recent paper, published in Nature a few days ago, that represents a huge breakthrough in its field (I'm active in that area, so I'm aware of it), ...
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Research that was released to the press early, which remains credible?

The words science by press conference are pretty much universally used in derision. Wikipedia has a list of results that where rushed into a press conference and later turned out to be erroneous. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor about continuing my degree? [closed]

I'm in a very unfortunate situation. I have B.S. from Computer Science and I change my field to Applied Mathematics for M.S. (because of recommendations of my colleagues from research). In CS I was ...
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Primary Investigator gets really nervous around me?

My new Primary Investigator, who is well respected in her field, gets really nervous when talking to me for some reason. We are the same gender and both married so it's not a problem of that sort... ...
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How to politely communicate that you would prefer an earlier starting position to the offered one?

I had already asked a question here Just to provide a gist, I was being chosen as a third candidate for the PhD grant and there was only single vacancy. Now the 1st chosen candidate has been approved ...
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How to tell a professor at a foreign university politely and impressively that I can’t cover the costs of living for my PhD?

When asking for an opportunity to do a PhD with a professor at a foreign university, he replied: As a prerequisite you would need to take care of your own funding to cover the costs of your entire ...
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Etiquette with regard to email consolidation

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student in the US. I currently have three active email accounts: personal (gmail), graduate university (windows live), and undergraduate university (also ...
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Why do academics frequently write very short email replies?

Why do almost all academics people have short replies to emails? For example, I write some polite email with salutation, etc., just polite and decent email. Response then looks like this: OK, MK ...
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Leaving academia for financial reasons - how to communicate the reason of departure in a professional manner?

I recently finished my PhD and continued to work at the same department as assistant professor. Amid lack of funding, and other academic joys, the department went an extra mile to procure my contract ...
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How to ask to review for a specific conference or journal? [duplicate]

I have been invited to review technical content in the past. However, if I want to be part of review process for specific conference/journal – how do I go about and suggest my availability?
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Should I write a “proof” to a professor I don't know?

TL;DR I solved two integrals left unsolved in a paper I'm reading. Should I notify the author? I am studying in a finance master and we have been assigned a project for one of our class. This ...
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Am I allowed to share a final copy of my published paper privately?

Suppose I published a paper in a journal with no open-access policy, but with the usual constraints regarding copyright. A researcher that I do not know in person has asked me for a copy of a this ...
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How to email professor with group concerns about class?

I'm currently taking a 20-25 person graduate-level course in Computer Science. It's about 60/40 theory/implementation, which means the discussions in class tend to be a bit more abstract that the ...
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Is it a good idea for an applicant to a graduate program to call a potential supervisor, if he does not answer emails?

I am going to apply for a graduate program, whose outcome totally depends on the potential supervisor's propensity to recruit any applicant for his/her research group. One of the professors' research ...
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What can professors do to encourage properly written email messages from students?

(Motivated by hey. i was wondering of your students write like this) The writing style probably [stems] from the electronic age of text messaging. In any case, an email between an a student and ...
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Asking professor about certainty of a new opportunity

Recently I had an interview for a PhD position in Germany. After couple of days, I received a congrats email stating that I'm ranked 3rd candidate. Originally there was only single opening in the ...
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How should I inform my advisor about struggles with Aspergers syndrome? [duplicate]

Although similar questions have been asked before, I hope this is not a duplicate as I'm not asking about whether I should inform my advisor (that's already decided), but how and when to do it. My ...
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Forgot to email a professor back about a research opportunity. What to expect? [closed]

First off, I messed up big time here. I'm applying for a Fulbright academic fellowship after having finished my undergrad last year. This spring, I figured I would email some potential advisors and ...
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How should a non-native English presenter respond to a question they did not understand?

I'm not an English native speaker, and my question is, probably, only relevant for non-native speakers. Sometimes, native speakers just don't care how easily the presenter can understand the ...
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Justification that 'good exposition' is uniquely defined

What evidence is there that changes to exposition that improve clarity for one reader will necessarily improve clarity for another reader? The context I'm thinking of here particularly is referee ...
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How should I email dissertation to committee?

I have to send my doctoral dissertation to the members of my committee and I wonder how I should write the email. It is not a question of inviting them to be on the committee (they have already agreed ...
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How to respond, safely, to a student's 'risky' email?

A student I had emailed me to ask about working in the industry-because I have years of experience in it-after they finish school and how their past may affect how an employer will react to them. To ...
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What is the etiquette for asking a professor to waive the prerequisite for a course?

Should I mail the professor? Should I meet him in person? I am a MS student in CS who wishes to take a graduate level course in Statistics department. The course is Machine Learning and I did cover ...
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Conference is on the Yom Kippur holiday [closed]

After doing well at science fair, I started working with an extremely nice professor at the local university who encouraged me to submit my work to the relevant conference. I was rejected at large, ...
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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 is not a arising in my capacity as an academic. I was recently reading a book, and I came across a claim that seemed dubious; so I wanted to find out whether it was accurate. I thought ...
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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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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 ...