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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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What do professors think about students performing poorly in his or her class? [on hold]

I am curious because usually professors are either nonchalant or respond aggressively when students do not perform well. I had two midterms recently, one of which had preparation material that was ...
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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. ...
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How to handle negative criticism? [closed]

What must I do if my professor misunderstood the concept of my project and brands it worthless and cheap disregard of my attempts to make him understand the real creativity and uniqueness behind the ...
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Tenure vs nontenure jobs

I'm trying to understand an excerpt from a New Yorker article about the mathematician Yitang Zhang. The excerpt is included at the bottom. If possible, please help clarify Yang's point about tenure ...
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Research on relationship between how an instructor is addressed and students' evaluations of that instructor?

We've had several questions on this site along the lines of "What should students call me" or "What should I call my professor" (e.g How to sign your email to students, so to avoid their immature ...
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How do I turn down an internship offer by a professor because I have a better offer in a corporate research lab?

I applied to several corporate research labs for internships. Seeing no progress on my application, I emailed a professor in a top university asking for an internship. He was impressed by my work and ...
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How do professors interpret normally distributed midterm or final exam scores?

I had recently taken a class where things are poorly taught and much of the studying was self study. This then turned the course into a function of time and workload, and the resulting midterm mark is ...
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Do professors procrastinate? [closed]

I'm a Masters student and graduating in two weeks. I need to admit that I procrastinated A LOT while working on my thesis. If I do my Ph.D. I expect myself to procrastinate a lot there too. However, ...
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Problem with my Professor [closed]

Unfortunately, I am in a very difficult situation with one of my Professors. In the previous semester, I argued for the grade he gave me in my assignment. I tried to explain him that the way that he ...
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What to do when professor is not responding to emails or calls and his action is required to commence a masters thesis?

I'm planning to start my master thesis soon. It will be an external thesis in a company. As this kind of thesis is not very common in German universities, I need to find a professor to supervise me ...
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How to deal with a professor skipping his office hours?

As a preface, this is a related question but it is from a different perspective. I am an undergraduate student in physics and have a professor that routinely ignores his own office hours. He has ...
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Is there a lack of oversight of how professors interact with students?

Why does there seem to be a lack of oversight when it comes to how professors interact with students? For example, consider the following questions: How to deal with an advisor who wants a ...
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How can PhD student repair relationship with supervisor after PhD student engages in independent research without supervisor?

When I had just started my PhD in Computer Science in Korea, a Physics PhD student in the EU proposed a collaboration. He and I wrote one paper for a conference. I learned last week that the paper was ...
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Convince professor to allow submitting paper?

There's some work X that I did with my advisor. We got stuck, and she thought it was too preliminary to submit for publication. She didn't think it was worth putting the effort to turn it into a ...
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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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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 ...