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Am I being exploited by my supervisor?

It has been 4.5 years since I joined as a PhD student. My supervisor asks me to draft almost all of his important emails. He will begin by briefing me the issue, and ask me to draft the email in a ...
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How can I deal with a lecturer ridiculing me in front of class for making a mistake?

I have been working in research in computer science for 3 months in the Czech Republic, and have recently changed fields to major in mathematics, also in the Czech Republic. I'm stuck with bunch of ...
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What should I do after my PhD supervisor calls me a retard to my face?

I am in the 5th year of my Ph.D. studies. My Ph.D. supervisor always likes to mentally and verbally abuse me and some of our group members. This time, I really could not take it anymore and I want to ...
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Anonymous Student Feedback: Moving forward from abusive comments

As a relatively new lecturer, I'm always looking for ways to improve my teaching. After doing a bit of research around how different lecturers etc approach student feedback, a number had stated that ...
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Student continuously makes insulting comments during my lecture - how do I handle him?

I teach in a small college and one student seems to have an obsessive need to make comments aloud during class. Sometimes those comments are funny (he is the class clown) but sometimes they feel ...
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How to deal with an abusively condescending professor?

I am a beginning graduate student in Mathematics. I have a professor who always brings up the fact that my GPA is not great in my undergraduate degree even though my performance is above the norm in ...
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Advisor refuses to let me get my Master’s after my thesis defense

I am currently a Master’s and PhD student. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program. After a year of being in the PhD program, I have realized that academia is not for me. I received a job ...
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What can I do if a student in my lab threatens to tell lies about me, and my advisor doesn't want to fire her?

I'm doing my Masters right now and I am a new lab member (I've been there for just 4 months). A undergrad student didn't like it when I told her to follow biosafety rules when handling dangerous ...
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How to respond when insulted by a grad student in a different department?

I'm a lecturer at a small university. In a class I taught last year, one grad student disagreed with his grade and complained as high up in the university as possible. The result was the grade stayed ...
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Should I let my former undergraduate advisor know that my PhD advisor was abusive?

18 months into my PhD (after I had passed my quals), my advisor became so emotionally abusive and bullying that I had to take a semester off (I was already dealing with diagnosed depression). While I ...
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How to deal with an abusive advisor?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I've been having a difficult relationship with my advisor, and I need some help on the matter. Some background When I just started my graduate studies, my ...
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What to do if one has had an unsuccessful PhD (because of others' fault)?

I was talking to a friend of mine, and he just feel in a deep depression due to finishing his PhD. He will be defending in the coming weeks, and there is a high likelihood he will pass. In his ...
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How to create an environment in which students can report teacher-student sexual harassment?

I teach physics at a community college in California. A series of female students have told me about sexual harassment by the same tenured male math instructor. Two such incidents went like this. one ...
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Harassment and intimidation by fellow students

I live in Western Europe and began a CS degree 1.5 years ago. I had no prior programming experiences but the degree was aimed for beginners. The male-female student ratio was 100:1 (as also stated by ...
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Attending a conference that my abusive ex-supervisor is also attending, how I should react?

I am going to attend a conference as I have been selected to a voluntary position and it is mandatory to meet up with the organizers. At this conference, my abusive ex-supervisor is chairing sessions ...
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How to support students whom other faculty abuse?

Some of the students in my class take a class with another member of faculty. That other, tenured, member of faculty has taken to abusing individual students in front of the whole class. This abuse ...
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How prevalent are abusive advisors?

I have read lots of posts here about abusive advisors, and I have heard about and even experienced some similar experiences in my own academic life. Is there any data available for how prevalent this ...
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My wife got some serious issues with her PhD advisor: how should I get involved in the situation?

I am an assistant professor in an engineering field, and my wife is a PhD student in a physics-related field. We live in an eastern European country and work in different institutes. I am quite happy ...
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Removing unreal/gift co-authors previously added because of academic bullying

Someone under my pastoral care asked me the following, wishing to remain anonymous: I had published several papers with my so-called supervisors before, during my PhD, both of whom never actually ...
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Should I resign if my research advisor verbally abuses me?

Summary: Supervisor is verbally abusive on a regular basis. He may be trying to sabotage me by delaying the annual report on which my funding depends. Should I quit or stick it out? Details: I ...
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Pre-tenure faculty - should I ignore all possible troubles to get tenured?

I'm a tenure-track assistant professor who started in this fall. I heard that I should not get involved in any issues or conflicts to get tenured. However, I am unsure about this situation. I was in ...
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Trauma affected my grades while in undergrad, how will it affect me getting into graduate school?

I was traumatized by an abusive relationship. While in the relationship, my grades were affected. Out of the relationship, I chose to stay in school and struggle with my studies instead of medically ...
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silent bullying during PhD - no one believes me [closed]

I have found myself in a quite ugly situation: Since around 1,5 years, I am in a situation here during my PhD studies where I cannot set boundaries to damaging/ silent bullying behaviour of some PhD ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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Is this psychological abuse? Should I switch supervisors?

I am in the third year of my four year PhD, which is funded by the department. My supervisor a week and a half ago called a meeting with me, after an email complaining about sending off an updated ...
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Unable to defend and graduate because of advisers fickle mentality

I am an international student at a US university and I have a fantastic, caring and supportive adviser who I find fosters a happy work environment for all his students to grow in. Here's the drawback ...
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Need help — Principal investigator with abusive behavior

I am doing a postdoc with a principal investigator (PI) at an American university. Research is going great, with three publications in one year. But the PI has serious issues. I would say he is a ...
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How will expulsion for physical abuse and sexual misconduct affect a student's future educational career?

I recently had a university student (my ex) expelled from my undergrad university when he was found responsible for physical abuse and sexual misconduct. How would this expulsion affect his future ...
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Are college instructors in the U.S. generally mandated reporters?

Almost all U.S. states have mandatory reporting laws, that specify certain professions, especially those dealing with children, as being obligated to report evidence of abuse to a state agency. These ...
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Paper with potentially inappropriately-ordered authors, should a journal act?

A journal I handle recently received a paper that looks like a student's project. Reasons to think this include the research conducted, the writing style (e.g. the paper describes things which ...
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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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What should I do about a professor who got in my face and yelled at me?

I'm a lab assistant at my university and one day some of my coworkers who are underclassmen asked me about my experience with a professor I had taken a couple classes with. I told them that every ...
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Managing difficult situation with PhD advisor: substance abuse/health crisis or emotional abuse? Do I speak up?

I am at the very end of my PhD, and my PhD advisor has been repeatedly inappropriate and overstepped boundaries that would probably fall into "mandated reporter" territory, if I were to tell ...
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Dealing with unsupportive committee / adviser after completion of Ph.D.?

I finished a humanities Ph.D. about a year and a half ago, with an exceptionally unsupportive committee and dysfunctional department. I've had some short-term contract/freelance work since, but my ...
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Disagreement with advisor regarding journal choice

I have currently a disagreement with my advisor regarding the journal we should send our paper. My advisor wants to send it to a very specialized journal with low impact factor, and to add a lot of ...
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Is there anything you can do when a professor discusses some of your personal concerns with other professors potentially mockingly?

I am an undergraduate student. Recently, my interest about a particular (difficult) field – somewhere between physics and maths – arose, a field that is only briefly mentioned in some lectures. For ...
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Is the reference letter from PhD supervisor important in the future?

I just submitted my doctoral thesis yesterday. I finished my project two years ago and published it in a high level journal. My supervisor asked me to give the co-first author position to a postdoc, ...
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Abusive supervisor & academic career

I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics in the UK, and now start my 4th and hopefully final year of the program. I currently consider changing my supervisor (SV hereafter) because of an ongoing conflict. ...
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Lecturer yelled at me after class and refused to answer my question [closed]

During one of my lectures today, I had a question with something he did and raised my hand to ask the question. The lecturer didn’t see me, so my classmate asked me what my question was so I whispered ...
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How is student feedback dealt with for poorly teaching faculty?

I teach at a teaching university. Research is not a priority. I'm new to the university and am teaching full-time. I believe I've developed a rapport with the current cohort of senior students. ...
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How to deal with a toxic academic supervisor?

I am a person who does not have an "invisible personality". I talk, help around and friendly with everyone. It took me a great deal of efforts to be finally able to open up, which let me ...
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How to survive a mean professor

I am an undergraduate student who has been conducting research with a professor for the past year. Unfortunately, I have been feeling defeated lately because the professor I am working with is ...
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How should I handle an abusive research mentor as an undergrad?

The professor I do research with often puts me down for making mistakes and frequently calls me an idiot. I don't know the appropriate way to respond. I cannot just leave, since I still want to go to ...
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How to cut ties with abusive former supervisor?

I’ve seen a few similar posts but am hoping someone might have specific advice regarding cutting ties with an abusive ex-supervisor. For context: I started working in this supervisor’s lab as an ...
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Advisor doesn't let me graduate and prevents me from working

Posting for my friend Brief background: I am in the middle of my 4th year PhD at a US university. I opened up a new direction for the lab, which led me to 2 impactful publications and 1 manuscript ...
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How to respond to potential power abuse from project supervisor?

Over the space of a now concluding 20 week long project, my appointed supervisor has made a number of questionable decisions that appear to have negatively affected my work and solidified her grip ...
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Coauthor removed the 1st-author's name from Google scholar input

Back story: A new postdoc joined my research for a manuscript that I was working on with a senior research scientist for 2 years. The new postdoc wanted 2nd authorship but the senior scientist also ...
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IT person never reply to my emails

I am a PhD student in a lab in a well known university. I am not sure if I should just ignore this although it has been bothering me for a really long time. My project relies on help from the IT ...
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Working with `co-guest editor' who has subjected me to harassment as postdoc mentor

Very long post alert! Background: I have a complicated situation and need advice about how to deal with it. I had joined as a postdoc with a faculty member (a senior professor) in an esteemed research ...
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Should I hide certain education history on my CV/resume? [duplicate]

Apologize in advance if it is not suitable for this site. I consider asking this in workplace exchange, but I think people on this site are more familiar with similar situation. For obvious reasons I ...
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