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How do you answer “Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?”

I suspect anybody who's a professor knows this story: you meet someone new in a social setting and it comes up that you're a professor. The inevitable next question is, "oh, what do you teach?" It's ...
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What is the best English equivalent for the Spanish 'Profesor Contratado Doctor'?

This is a question about academic ranks or positions. I am interested in knowing the best equivalence for the Spanish 'Profesor Contratado Doctor' in English language (UK, US, etc.). Description of ...
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Grounds for complaint? Professor skipping class, inaccurate grading criteria

I am taking a graduate-level summer course and have observed several problems. I would like outside opinion on whether these observations are valid grounds for an official complaint, or whether I am ...
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What are the salary bands specifically for lecturer/senior lecturer/reader/professor in the UK?

This question is related to this question Academic position salaries in the UK (and to some extent to this question too: Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems), but my question ...
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Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems

What are the US equivalent ranks to the Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader (or Associate Prof), Professor ranks of the UK system? Is it correct that in the US system they are Assistant Prof, Associate ...
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Talking to professors without attending that University

I tried looking up the answer for this one online already, but I couldn't find something for my specific scenario: I am interested in reaching out to a few professors in the field that I am ...
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There is some indication that I am not that good at teaching – should I still strive to become a professor?

Since I was an undergraduate I have been a tutor many times, either a drop-in tutor or a private tutor. However, somehow these students politely turned away from me for reasons I do not know. In all ...
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Contacting A Professor for Master of Science (Thesis)

I want to know whether or not the professors are generally interested to supervise students in their M.Sc. (Thesis) program. How many students they may supervise? Do professors insist that we know ...
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How to “keep in touch” with a potential advisor?

I contacted a professor by email in order to introduce myself to him and ask for a research position in his group at some point in the future. He expressed interest in me, but, when we finished our ...
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How to proceed when you are coordinating a project among several research groups and they do not contribute to the progress of the project

I am principal investigator in some project that involves other research groups from other countries. When I was writing the proposal, I asked them if they would like to joint the project, and they ...
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How to inform a student about my appreciation of his/her original solutions

In the final exam of a course, a student has solved some problems in a really ingenious way. He gets perfect score anyway. What is the appropriate way to inform him about my appreciation of his ...
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What's the average retirement age in the universities in British (UK/Ireland/Australia/NZ) system?

In UK/Ireland/Australia/NZ, they don't seem to have a set retirement age. However, when do faculty members actually retire, or 'have to' retire (due to peer pressure, for example)? This question is ...
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Finding a mentor

I completed my PhD in pure math but wound up in industry immediately after completing the program. I dislike industry but love academia and research; and so as quixotic as it is, I would like to find ...
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How does a recognized and well-known Professor help his students in getting an academic job?

It is often told that working under big shots (I mean, recognized professors) in a particular research field is always beneficial on the way towards getting a faculty job in top research universities ...
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US PhD to Developing Country Professorship

So I was listening to this story on The Moth about a woman who earned a degree in Egypt and then an advanced degree in England and then went back to Zimbabwe to be a professor at local university: ...
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Ask a professor to attend a conference

I am an undergraduate student. In about a month, there will be a conference a professor of mine suggested that I go to. The subject of the conference is part of his research field and I am interested ...
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How common is redundancy in the British (UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland) system?

The British permanent faculty system seems to differ from the US tenured system mainly in that in the former the management can 'fire' one on the basis of redundancy (What is the difference between ...
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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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A professor wanted me to wait for his decision. It's been about 10 days, what should I write to show that I want to know how long it is going to take?

I am a PhD applicant and a professor interviewed me for joining his team. I waited for his intention regarding my case, after two weeks he emailed me that I should "wait a little bit longer". It's ...
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How to explain to department's president that my time spent as an undergraduate assistant/intern was goalless?

This is a follow-up from my question here on my atrocious relationship with my internship/assistance as an undergraduate at a teaching lab. Since I only have some weeks left to end this awful ...
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At what point can I call my professor by their first names? [duplicate]

I'm currently working closely with a professor on a research project as an undergrad student. I always address her by her last name: Dr.xx. However, this makes me feel distant from her.. I am ...
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What is the best way to decline an interview after applying for it?

I have applied to 2 postdoc jobs in the same university and have been selected for a 2nd interview in one before doing the first interview in the other lab. The interviews are set at different times ...
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What is the difference between permanent faculty positions in the UK and tenured faculty positions in the US/Canada?

Is there any technical as well as practical differences between the two academic positions, one being a permanent faculty position in the UK (or Australia/NZ and other similar systems) and the other ...
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A professor may have stolen an idea I discussed with him: how to proceed?

I'm really not sure how to proceed from here. I'm an undergraduate Computer Science student, planning to earn my MSc in the next couple of years. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with a professor ...
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Is it ethical for a Professor to disseminate wrong answers online?

I recently took a class where the Professor created multiple online study guides, on popular student sites, which intentionally contained the wrong answers. He did this because his exams were based ...
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Re-initiating the discussion with a seemingly busy Professor

A couple of weeks back, I reached out to a Professor stating my interest in a project he had put up on his website. The professor was impressed with my resume and gave a brief description of his ...
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Is it okay to view my recommendation letter once I've been accepted at a college?

I had a really reputable person write me a recommendation letter for colleges. He told me that he wrote the best recommendation letter in his life. He told me that the recommendation letter hints that ...
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Is it acceptable to ask how a professor would like to be addressed through email?

I am an undergraduate student working for a professor this summer. Up to this point, I have referred to the professor as Dr. LastName. I have met his research group; his graduate and PhD students ...
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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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Are politicians attempting to destroy tenure?

Apparently, Iowa's politicians intend to enrich the tenure experience by annual gladiatorial games at state schools, regardless of tenure: those being evaluated below some threshold shall be ...
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How can a full professor from a developing country get a job in the United States?

I am a full professor of chemistry from Iran. I want to move to the United States. I have a good record of publications, teaching, executive positions, conference participation, etc. However, as I ...
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How do junior professors build up a team of lab personnel?

In the field of computer science how does a junior professor recruit graduate and undergraduate research assistants to initially build up a lab at a university? How long would this normally take? In ...
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To whom is title “Professor Emeritus” given in the US?

Is the title given to those professors who have had a huge impact by their research and/or teaching and now on reaching the autumn of their career are less active in teaching and taking students but ...
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Should I Address a Letter to “Professor” xyz when they are actually a “Lecturer in Discipline”? [duplicate]

I am writing thank-you notes to Professors before I graduate from my Bachelors' program. I am unsure how to address letters to two specific individuals: One is listed as a "Lecturer in Music" on my ...
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Why and how do professors go for sabbatical?

I read several questions about sabbatical leaves in this website. When checking a faculty list, it is common that some are on sabbatical leave and some are visiting professors. When emailing ...
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Debating with a Professor During an Examination

I'm currently facing a peculiar situation. I have an open book Algorithms exam tomorrow and on the professors website for the course he specifically says: "Open book (only original hardcopy of the ...
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How many hours on an average do academics in business and technology spend consulting for businesses?

Early stage startups and entrepreneurs often look at those with experience and knowledge for help in areas such as finance, management (HR), marketing and technology. How many hours per week/month ...
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What should I focus on before starting a research internship?

I am a MS student. Recently I changed my topic and started working in quantum computation. I am working on consequences of closed timelike curves. I was given a problem by my guide on the same topic. ...
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How long to wait after sending an email to a professor before I should assume that I will never receive response?

I have sent an email to a professor at a local university. The email asks for assistance with a fairly large science fair. I have done much of the work and the email was asking about how I could ...
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Prof asked to interview me, now I can't get in touch with him - what's the etiquette?

So here's my situation. I'm currently finishing up my masters (and that's a tale for another day) and have applied to a few universities for PhD. Late Feb I was emailed by a postdoc who wanted to ...
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How can I tell a professor that I don't want to join his group? (science major)

I am a incoming first year grad student this fall. I have contacted prof A during when I was applying and talked to him during the visit. He strongly encouraged me to join his group. After the visit, ...
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Are there any actions professors can take online to contribute towards “service requirements”?

I would like to fulfill my service requirements for the tenure review process. My question: Is it possible to help fulfill these requirements through on-line activities? E.g. Mentoring students ...
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Appropriately thank a supervisor for giving you a chance when you actually failed?

In general: What is the proper manner in which to thank a supervisor for allowing you to take a really long shot? I am talking about when a professor (supervisor) who did not really know you decides ...
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Can a professor shout at a student? [closed]

Is there any possible penalty (from the educational institution) for the professor for disrespecting a student? What can and cannot do a professor in terms of respect to a student?
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How can I politely tell a professor that I'm too busy to do research with him this term?

I'm an undergraduate. I sent two emails to professors regarding potential research work. Both responded positively, which I didn't expect, and I started work with one of the profs last term. As for ...
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Two professors want me to work at their labs, and I'd rather work with one of them than the other

I'm an undergrad who wants to do research but I don't know many professors, so I asked my school's Dean for Undergraduate Research for help. He told two professors about me, and both showed interest ...
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How to remind a professor about sending papers to read?

In a face-to-face meeting with a professor, he told me he would send me some papers to read. It's been almost a week, so I assume he's forgotten. That is understandable, since he has a lot to do. I ...
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How common is spousal hire (academic or non-academic) in the Australia/New Zealand system?

I am an academic with hoping for an offer at an Oceania university. I want to know how common in this system is it to ask the university to give my spouse a job? It is common and often successful in ...
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What can a student do if a professor makes special allowances for one student in a course?

In one of my software engineering course. The syllabus includes 2 exams (midterm + final), daily quizzes + participation mark, spot quizzes and a group project. A lot of us asked the professor to ...
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Difference between publishing textbooks and publishing research for acquiring tenure

I've noticed that a few of my professors have written their own textbooks, but they only did so after they had already published many research articles and presumably become tenured at my university. ...