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Does having a more successful professor write your letter of recommendation improve your chances of having your application accepted?

My question is about academic careers of a professor who would want to write a recommendation letter for someone. Some professors in my university have better academic career than others, for example ...
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Ratio of applicants to jobs for engineering professor or assistant professor

Where can I find statistics for jobs to applicant ratios for engineering professorships or assistant professorships? The reason I'm asking this is I'm thinking this might be the best metric to ...
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What is relationship between post-doc experience and number of publications on Salary/appointment levels in New Zealand universities?

This question is related to What is the average salary of assistant professor in New Zealand? and Are salaries for academic jobs in New Zealand negotiable? Is the relation between number of years of ...
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What could be an electronic way to verify that someone is from a specific university department or university?

How could I verify that a person is a student/faculty/researcher at a specific department of any university in world? I could ask the user to verify the official email address provided by that ...
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As a department head, what to do if a professor leaves without giving out grades?

I am department head. An adjunct professor teaching two courses in my department left without notice. He did not deliver the grades to me. We have no staff in that field to give the final exam again. ...
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Are salaries for academic jobs in New Zealand negotiable?

The academic salaries and compensations in new zealand universities seem tobe fairly low compared to most other countries such as US, UK, Australia, etc. Is it however possible to negotiate the ...
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Can New Zealand/Australian academics do consulting work during summers?

Is it possible (if not usual) to do consulting work during summers while working as academics in Aus/NZ universities? I guess the more important point is, is it allowed by the universities to earn ...
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How common is it for tenured professors to retire?

It seems like some professors choose to retire, while others love their job so much they don't stop doing it until they die (or have health issues that make them unable to work). Which situation is ...
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Can I force my professor to give me a copy of his powerpoint presentation?

In a class, students asked the professor to give us a copy of his powerpoint presentations, but he refused and claimed this is personal property. Students need the presentations to review the topics ...
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Does a department have any obligation to respond to a student petition against a teacher?

If all students of a class sign a petition claiming that a professor of a course is disqualified to teach, does the department/faculty change that professor? Do students have this right? and what is ...
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My professor wants to know if his recommendation is helpful

Several weeks after I received the recommendation from Professor M, he sent an email to me and asked me about the result of my application to a graduate school. He wants to know whether his ...
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Prof's neurological health is declining rapidly. What can I (TA) do?

I'm a law student acting as a teaching assistant/fellow for a tenured and notable law professor. Between last year when I took the course myself and now when I am a TA/TF, his mental acuity and health ...
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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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Why do professors take on service duties? [duplicate]

Why do professors take on service duties, such as reviewing papers for a journal, or sitting on university committees? What benefit does this have to their careers? I can't imagine they enjoy ...
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How much do math professors get paid in the United States?

I have been researching professorship (full tenure) and I have been wondering what these full time professors make? I am not talking about professors are Harvard, but middle-good universities? In ...
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In the UK is it acceptable for a lecturer/professor to join student societies?

Student societies are often fantastic fun. At the university I attend there are some members of societies who don't attend the university, they just come along because they happen to like an unusual ...
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As a TA, what should I do about an error in the professor's lecture that I repeated in the lecture notes?

Here is the somewhat awkward situation. I am a TA for a class that I have never taken before. The professor (probably) knows this, but I don't think the students have caught on, since it is a ...
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How should one maintain a relationship with a professor?

So I am planning to apply to grad school sometime in the future and would need a letter of recommendation from an awesome professor who I took a time series class with. I got an A- in the class, he ...
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Why are professors' websites so ugly?

I can't help but notice that even in CS, professors' websites are almost always difficult to navigate, poorly-organized, and just generally hard to look at (poorly-tiled backgrounds, inconsistent ...
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Sending a thank you letter to a research professor?

I had an amazing research professor I conducted research under for my last two semesters of undergrad. I graduated in December and am currently waiting to hear back from graduate programs. This ...
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How important is the “major” of the PhD?

For sake of argument, let's say I obtain a bachelor's degree in physics, a master's degree in physics, and then a PhD in physical chemistry but from a department of chemistry. Can I then go on to be a ...
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Should professors with Chinese names be addressed with surname only or both names?

How would I address a professor with a Chinese name? I am unsure whether I should use only the surname, or both forename and surname, because the order of mentioning forename and surname is reversed. ...
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To whom can I report a professor who is stacking the deck for students to do poorly? [closed]

I had a math professor recently do the following: Failed to provide an answer key to a test until 2 days before the test. Had at least 5 of the answers wrong on the practice test answer key, which ...
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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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What education does one need to be called “Professor” in the United States of America?

What education does one need to be called "Professor" in the United States of America? A woman with a law degree in a junior college paralegal program insists on being called professor at a local ...
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Is it possible to survive in university academia without applying for grants?

I see that many professors spend all of their time applying for grants, minus a little bit of time to interact with the graduate students on their grants and a little bit of time to fulfill their ...
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How does one become an Affiliate Professor?

I've noticed that several faculty members (both in my institution and beyond) are affiliate professors in some other institutions (beside being a professor in their own institution, of course). What ...
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What should I do if a professor says she doesn't understand my questions in office hours?

I am having difficulties in math, and every time I try to go to my math professor's office hours she always seems annoyed. When I ask her a question she always says something to the effect "I don't ...
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Research on career path after tenure denial?

I am looking for a study on the career path of professors after they are denied tenure. Specifically, what percentage of these get a tenured or tenure-track position at another institution? get ...
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Is it customary for a student to reply to professor's email within 24 hours?

I got an email from professor M asking me if I will have time for a tea with her on Friday, and then I came up with this question: Even if it is an important email from your professor (e.g. select ...
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How to remind a professor in a school I applied to about an introduction email I sent two weeks ago?

I have applied to 4 PhD applications in Computer Science and I have sent an introduction email to a professor in each of the schools I have applied to. In this email I first introduced myself and then ...
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Academia deadend?

I am currently thinking about applying for PhD in Finance (the country is Germany), because I like studying and the university atmosphere of young and talented people. However, a PhD in Finance does ...
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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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Can I call an assistant professor “Professor”?

My former teacher, who had done her PhD in a top-10 university in the UK in 2009, is an assistant professor in my former school. On the day when I visited my former school, I saw her at the school ...
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In PhD admissions, if a correspondence is opened with a prospective student, is it common for a professor to just stop replying?

If a prospective student contacts a professor about his/her work or group and the professor engages (asking for more info, acknowledging the student's existence ;-), etc), is it common for the replies ...
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How much money an electrical engineering professor earn from grants in US universities?

I am a newcomer to this site and I want you to help me about my question. Thank you. I know that in US universities, an electrical engineering professor can earn money from two ways: 1) the salary ...
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How to thank a good teacher?

Say if you were a graduate of ABC university, and When you want to thank a teacher of this university because she used to help you a lot in some courses or because she has the same hobbies and ...
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What are some way to give praise to a professor without resorting to flattery?

In elementary school we are taught to give an apple to your teacher as a sign of appreciation. Obviously it doesn't work anymore in academia. I wish to maintain a relationship with a professor after ...
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What steps can faculty and staff take to promote excellence in, and importance of, teaching?

tl;dr Faculty don't think teaching is as important as their other responsibilities; how do we change that? Long version I've been working in academia for a long time and whenever I see instructors ...
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Why professors have a homepage URL starting with tilde? [closed]

I understand that in UNIX environment ~ (tilde) represents current user's home directory. But i don't understand why it is mimicked in personal websites of professors!
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What is the promotion rate of professors in United States?

I'm writing an essay, and want to know the promotion rate and average duration from assistant professor to associate professor and associate professor to professor in recent years. Sadly I don't know ...
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What is the average salary of assistant professor in New Zealand?

What is the rough salary one should expect from a research university in New Zealand, say in mathematics or sciences areas, at the beginning assistant professor (called Lecturer in NZ) level ...
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A friend's professor is asking her to babysit for free. Is this normal?

Like the title says, I have a friend who is a post-doc and her professor is asking her and another post-doc to baby-sit for him. He does not pay them, he simply expects them to baby-sit for free ...
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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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Why would my teacher's dean care when I took the final?

The class was scheduled to take the final next week. I wanted to take the test this week, because there's some place I was planning to be on the day of the final. My teacher said that doesn't count ...
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When are professors most free during a semester?

You would think that profs are living the high life when lectures are over and all they have to do is to hand out the exam (in a couple weeks) and grade them. But when I tried to get a hold of the ...
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Can I lose my job over writing a negative comment on (anonymous) faculty evaluation of institution?

I'm faculty and I work at a place that does faculty evaluations of our institution. I wrote a pretty harsh, but true comment on the back. While it's supposed to be anonymous, I'm still afraid it could ...
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Is it possible to acquire a letter of recommendation without meeting face to face?

Of course it is not a good idea, preferably one would meet up with the professor to make the agreement. In my case, I've talked to the prof for a year, and then went off work for a year, now I need a ...
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How to resolve disagreement with project teammates over which professor to work with?

I would like some advice about a conflict I am having in a graduate course taught by two professors. I am pursuing a masters (MS) degree in Finance and for the capstone course in the program, each ...
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Why are UK faculty salaries so low?

I'm looking at faculty ads for computer science in the UK and noticed that the average salary range seems to be significantly lower compared to the US. Typically, a starting Lecturer ( = Assistent ...