How to appraise or prepare for the appraisal of/by mentors, students, grants, applications, or work performance

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Anonymous Student Feedback: Moving forward from abusive comments

I'm looking for some guidance from some senior/experienced academics situated in the teaching space. As a relatively new lecturer (though I have some experience in lecturing in the past) I'm always ...
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How can I assess my potential for a career in pure mathematics? [closed]

I am an undergrad computer science student thinking about switching to pure mathematics. I enjoyed all the math courses I took but I found really hard to keep up with some of them and did poorly this ...
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Should I accept an incompletely answered multiple choice questionnaire?

I gave a multiple choice questionnaire as examination, without penalties for bad answers. Despite this, some students didn't answer some questions. They probably didn't understood that it was ...
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Is there a scientific method to track and project progress of students on any training, say soft skill training? [closed]

I have plans and daily tasks for the students and I would prefer to assess their improvement, lets not stick to grading based on some set of questions. Could there be a possible way to measure the ...
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Should computer science indexing sites be considered in rating research?

I am currently working at a university of applied sciences, in the field of Computer Science. Recently there has been formed a section that is in charge of giving stipends related to research. This ...
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What do those evaluating fellowship candidates look for before accepting them to join their research group/department?

I'm applying for a new fellowship, and I'm wondering what senior lecturers and/or professors of a research group/department look into, for evaluating the fellowship candidates, before accepting them ...
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Effective open-ended student evaluation questions

As we reach the end of the semester, the students in my class are being asked to do their evaluation of my teaching, as is common at most universities. As with most evaluations that I know of, I have ...
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Why do admissions committees consider the Statement of Purpose to be important?

Why do admissions committees consider the Statement of Purpose to be important? Anyone with a command of English should be able to write a Statement of Purpose, in principle, so it seems a poor way to ...
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How to effectively evaluate your instructor?

I am a graduate student and going to assess my instructor in a month, with whom I was not very much satisfied. I had been writing the teachers' evaluation in past but didn't see a scintilla of ...
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Is it good practice to let students consult their text materials during exams?

I teach undergraduate level courses in the humanities. Following practice in my department, I have let students take their texts for consultation during their written exams. They can choose a number ...
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What are predictors of the success of PhD students?

Every year we organize a competitive international call for PhD students (in the area of biology). What measurable criteria should we use to predict their academic success and award them research ...
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Renewal of postdoctoral appointment

I noticed during my application process for post-doc jobs that several say "1-2 year appointment" or "possible renewal for second year". I understand from this answer that it is in everyone's benefit ...
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How does a graduate student judge if one is slacking off?

As a third year graduate student (theoretical physics) I need to find out methods to understand if I am doing well or not, am I making progress or not, am I putting in enough effort or not? How do I ...
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Do teaching evaluations lead to lower standards in class?

In the somehow recent past, teaching evaluations have become obligatory in many universities/departments in Germany. I've also heard that sometimes these evaluations are used in formal ways to decide ...
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Is it possible to measure/evaluate one's progress or development in quantitative terms?

I often end up frustrated over the pace of my work, or rather the lack of "worthy" results. During my feedback talks with my colleagues and superiors I usually get good feedback but I find it ...
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How is Google Scholar changing academic evaluation?

Google Scholar is making it very easy to track (their measure of) citation counts, h-index, etc. for individual researchers. Is this changing how academics are evaluated? Do tenure committees now ...
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What are the essential points that should be covered in a dissertation abstract?

I need to prepare a 2-page abstract of my dissertation as part of a funding application. What are the essential points that such an abstract should cover? This opportunity (and my PhD) is in the ...