Questions concerning the academic work environment.

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Dealing with intern supervisor who underestimates my abilities

I am an undergraduate student who got into a voluntary internship for a year in my department. Without going into much detail, I'm a trainee in the lab where programming lessons are held with lots of ...
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Is it acceptable for professors to listen to music using headphones in the workplace when expecting student contact?

In my institution, I see a lot of research students and staff members listen to music using headphones in the workplace. It is a matter of personal preference, and I cannot see a problem in that while ...
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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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Why don't Universities provide staff/post-graduate with stationery?

When I worked in industry, I had unchecked access to a huge stationery cupboard. As did hundreds of other employees. Full of useful things like: Files, folders, binders coloured pens, mechanical ...
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How much involvement should my advisor have in deciding my availability and actions for me? [closed]

I worked in the industry for a few years before starting my PhD and learned many do's and don'ts in the workplace for how you guide subordinates to attend meetings and do things you want them to do. ...
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Independence as a postdoc working with former PhD supervisor

Having recently finished my PhD, I have now secured funding to act as PI on a project. I continue to work alongside my former PhD supervisor, with the old supervisor listed as a collaborator on the ...
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What type of workplace accommodations are departments required to make for a mentally unhealthy faculty member?

We have a faculty member in my department who has mental health issues. These issues tend to flare up about three times a year, right at the beginning of the year, in January when grading is due and ...
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On the verge of being “fired” from post-doc position, how to act towards supervisor?

I am in month 5 of an extremely unfulfilling post doc position in France. My sole responsibility is debugging 10k+ lines of spaghetti C++ code. I am a mechanical engineer and although I did my PhD ...
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Do academicians routinely face discrimination in industry job searches?

I spent sometime recently at a HR department of a government company (in the utilities) in the US. I accidentally found a file that listed out interview outcomes for new applications for a technical ...
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How to complain about a Ph.D student to a professor

I am a undergraduate student who also work as the systems administrator in the school. I also do research work under a professor. Recently, I had to work on this professor's lab to upgrade the older ...
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Ph.D or not Ph.D? [duplicate]

On october I get a master degrees of computer science. The thesis period is very full but I love it, because I learn every day new knowledge. Now my fear is to finish and get a boring job. Yes, the ...
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Is open-plan office for academia at all?

Where I did my PhD, typically two PhD students shared an office room. In constrast, where I am working as a postdoc now, about 50 PhDs and postdocs share an open-plan office. I find it difficult to ...
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I have been pigeonholed, how can I solve it?

I can program, write papers and research. I'm better at research, but due to the lack of programmers I've been assigned programming tasks in my current institution. Additionally, I have little ...
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how not to burn bridges between two academic jobs?

Last year I have been submitting my CV to different faculties for a lecturing position. Of all the ones that I applied only one was more serious and wanted to keep in touch (institution A), the other ...
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crossroads between continue working or going to a PhD

Here is my situation, I got a MSc from a renowned university in Europe and I have been working as a lecturer in a non-EU country until now. I am in my mid thirties (upper part =)) and I have came to ...
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How do you deal with trolling students?

This is inspired by the other question about dealing with stupid questions. The popular answers all seemed to assume that the student really wants to hear an answer. While this is a reasonable ...
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How to work efficiently under loose supervision during graduate studies?

I work in a very cross-disciplinary field, which has caused me some headache* over the past couple of years, partly due to the fact that my supervisor isn't very knowledgeable regarding the day to day ...
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Charging graduate students for printing

My university is starting a policy where graduate students need to pay for printing (10 cents per page) while It was free before. As a student coming from another university, I see it very weird ...
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Getting in between another teacher and his student

One subject I teach is also taught by another teacher at my university. Usually we do not both teach this subject during the same semester but sometimes we do. Students do not get to choose their ...
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Paying your professional association fees

An academic usually is a member of a professional association. E.g., a professor in meteorology can be a member of American Association of Meteorology. Sometimes, the fee can be something like $300 ...
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How hard do early-career academics in the United States work, really?

I'm finishing a PhD in Sweden this year and seeking a post-doc in the United States (atmospheric remote sensing). It is clear that a job in academia is not a nine to five job; nor do I want it to be. ...
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How to encourage administration to handle plagiarism?

I obtained my PhD about five years ago and immediately took up a postdoctoral position at a national lab in Japan to continue my research in computer engineering. Over those five years I worked with ...
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What lessons have you learned over the years as a TENURED FULL Professor that you wish somebody had told you when you started as an Assistant Prof?

As a Tenured Full Professor and given your long experience in Academia, what valuable lessons have you learned over the years that you wish somebody had shared with you earlier when you started as an ...
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How to formalise the “extra-mile” work done by an academic?

In my experience, academics are almost always expected to contribute some of their time to activities beyond their principal teaching or research roles. These extra tasks include, for example, ...
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How should I deal with a colleague talking on my behalf?

Our Chair is writing a major proposal and me and my colleague are on-board (both non-tenured)... Chair has asked for a meeting next week to work on the bid for a centre and this colleague of mine has ...
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Reading material on working conditions of women in academia

Like many professions, academia is a challenging environment for women. In some disciplines (e.g. computer science), the number of women remains low despite efforts to increase it. Have there been any ...