Questions tagged [academic-life]

Questions related to academic culture, academic communities, and the coexistence of "life" and "academia."

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How do academics in humanities such as philosophy apply mathematics or physics in their discipline?

(I am from an engineering background and know very little about liberal arts and humanity programs, so I apologize in advance if my question sounds condescending or ignorant.) I am often puzzled as ...
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Dealing with loneliness as a professor [closed]

How do professors deal with loneliness? I feel that professors, specifically in the STEM fields, have to constantly project an image of seriousness to the public - an image that math and science are ...
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Improving English for research

I'm going to start my PhD in an English-speaking country. I would like to improve my English for research (fro writing and speaking). Could you let me know any good ways to do that?
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Why are our responsibilities and duties centralized instead of more evenly distributed? [closed]

I understand that academia is a very competitive place where motivated people are always trying to get ahead of the others. What I have noticed is that few famous/known/recognized people tend to ...
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Is there a (text)book on how academia works?

Is there a (text)book on how academia or science works? What I'm looking for is not anecdotes and tips, but actual insights presented systematically, like any textbooks in every disciplines. This book ...
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How does it look to apply for two academic positions at different times at the same university?

Last year, I applied for a visiting position at a school that I was shortlisted for. They notified me of this and mentioned that they would choose one candidate from the shortlist for a campus ...
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How should feedback be given for “silly mistakes” on an exam

I am a TA currently grading a set of 80 midterms for an engineering math course for fourth-year engineer undergrads. The test had four questions, each question had around four parts. Of course, ...
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Fellow graduate student discusses problems but gives no credit afterwards

I am currently doing research and I know a fellow graduate student who is very intellectually curious. Let's call him/her C. However, I feel that C has a very consistent habit for not crediting people ...
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What is the reason that once a student has passed a university course, the student cannot take the course again?

This question geared towards STEM but can definitely be expanded for courses in the arts as well. Imagine the following scenarios: A student has taken a course, but passed the course with barely a ...
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Should I include “visiting” in my visiting assistant professor, or just call myself assistant professor?

I have a visiting assistant professor (VAP) position, and that is how I list myself on academic sites like ResearchGate and LinkedIn. I have on more than one occasion, however, seen that people in ...
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Will making a complaint against a student backfire on me as a postdoc? [closed]

This is about a non-academic issue I've had with a student, who is outside of my department, and I would like to know if I should pursue it or just let it go. I recently moved to the US for a postdoc ...
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Graduation Robes - What accolades does this guy have?

I am currently at my brother's graduation ceremony at Adelaide University, and in the Professor's/Post-grad seating area, sits a man fully in green. What does this special gown mean? (Apologies for ...
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Is there a platform/forum where (phd) students can share their experiences? [closed]

Is there a platform/forum where (phd) students or post-docs can share their good or bad experiences with their supervisors?
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What good is engineering research with no practical relevance?

I am a Ph.D. student currently doing research at a top engineering school in North America. I am becoming more and more jaded at the fact that a sizable portion of the research conducted at my ...
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How do we identify a Scientist as Early-career scientist?

I am currently a graduate student and a member of an organization in my field. In my organization, there is this Early-career group composed of young scientists who already earned their Ph.D.'s, ...
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Getting grants at a teaching department while officially being considered an R2 institution

My department is focused on teaching. We teach 6 classes/year with heavy undergraduate mentoring. It actually feels like teaching 8 classes per year. I know that there are grants "designed" for ...
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Does the usage of Facebook and Twitter harm a professor's career? [closed]

Should they instead protect their tweets and Facebook posts and keep them private / Friends-only in their account settings? Some profs' tweets / Facebook posts are great and inform the public of ...
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U.S.C. sex and drugs scandal: would attending such a graduate school hurt one's chances at an academic career?

The University of Southern California (U.S.C.) medical school is currently rocked by a sex and drugs scandal involving the dean of the school -- and possibly other faculty and administrative leaders ...
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Is getting back to normal life difficult after PhD?

As a PhD student, during the four years of research, you are your own boss. PhD students are not restricted to specific working hours (or place) – as long as they do the work it doesn’t matter when, ...
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What are good argument against strict attendance policy, and university making it harder for students to maintain attendance?

My university have a very strict attendance policy, attendance affect the students marks a lot and if attendance is lower than 75% at the end of the semester, students are not allowed to sit in finals....
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Dealing with stereotypes and stigma while pursuing a career in academia [closed]

How do professors successfully cope with negative stereotypes and stigma while pursuing their research careers? Specifically, some issues that come to mind are: Women scientists who are perceived ...
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Can professors have romantic relationships with post-docs? [closed]

Can professors have romantic relationships with post-docs (in the same department)? I feel like this point is a bit more subtle than, say, professors hooking up with students, since post-docs and ...
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Do most professors in North America eventually have to give up directly doing research for a purely managerial role in research?

I enjoy doing research directly and this was my motivation for seeking an academic job in the first place. I am aware that many professors at some point cease directly doing research and transition to ...
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What is done to teach international students in America about campus safety? [closed]

I have been reading about the chilling story of the abduction and (presumably) murder of the researcher, Yingying Zhang, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, over the past few days and ...
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Should I meet my professors at a celebration party? [closed]

I finished my exams, the results came in, and I scored well but not in top 10. There is a celebration that all my professors will be at. I am in doubt whether I should go, because I fear my professors,...
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Why does achieving some success in research not feel satisfying?

Are our academia research minds just so trained to constantly climb our mental mountains that when achieving some success, one feels, "that was it?", even when the past leading up to the success was ...
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Why don't professors give talks at their own departments?

Why don't professors give talks at seminars in their own departments? They travel to other schools to give talks, while seminars at their home departments consists of talks given by visitors. Is ...
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Is there any forum or FB group where people would exchange academic literature? [closed]

Does anyone know any forum, FB group or other platform where students from different univerisites would exchange academic literature available in their libraries?
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How to talk to other UG researchers and/or PG researchers?

I'm an undergraduate at a research-intensive university and I have received funding with other students to do research. The other students involved in the project are all undergraduates. I'd really ...
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How to overcome difficulties of social interaction at my first academic conference

In a few days I'll be attending my first academic conference in Spain. I'll be going alone and this never became apparent to me that it might be a problem until I spoke to a few people about their ...
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What should a graduate student be doing in the summer? [closed]

What should a grad student do during summer?
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writing the learning outcomes and the syllabus

I'm confused when it comes to writing learning outcomes. When searching online I become more confused. How can I understand how to write good learning outcomes. The same for me when it comes to the ...
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if an academic writer critiques your study using an approach you are not familiar with, should you bother responding?

I came across an article claiming that 82 percent of peer-reviewed publications in Humanities are not even cited once, let alone read by the general public. What's more interesting is that the ...
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Computer Science Papers - English Language Quality [closed]

Do you have any suggestions on how it is possible for a non-English speaker to publish a paper in a top-level journal without asking a native speaker to professionally edit the paper and fix the ...
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Harsh marking - is it worth complaining?

I know that we have to be meticulous in pure mathematics courses, and I appreciate that. Comparing a particular course I took recently to the other pure math courses I've taken before, it appears that ...
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If you know a family member who is much more qualified and capable in mathematics than you are, should find another field of specialisation?

Imposter Syndrome and depression: I feel pretty depressed that I am not as "qualified" as a close family member. In particular, this family member has undergraduate and graduate (PhD) degrees from Ivy ...
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Become researcher after PhD at 40 [duplicate]

How real is it to become a "formal" researcher (that is someone holding some research position) after earning a PhD at the age of 40? Sometimes it so happens that people discover their true interest ...
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Should I tell my PhD supervisor that I am looking for an other position?

I am not satisfied with my PhD and the research group and I was thinking of looking somewhere else. I would like to stay in Academia for now and I want to apply to other programs (in an other country ...
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Want to get back in touch with professor so he won't forget me but don't know what to say

I want to get back in touch with professor so he won't forget me but don't know what to say! I took a class with him, but that's about it. I would like to keep in touch, so that he will remember me in ...
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Competition in department among professors

My professor that I've worked for, and other professors that I've met in undergrad, often complain about how it is "publish or death" situation in their department. Specifically, they have told me ...
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Quit a PhD program and transfer to another?

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in electrical engineering in Europe since 1 year up to now. I am not absolutely satisfied by the outcome of this year and the environment inside the institute. ...
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My professor keeps opening my office door without knocking at the door [closed]

Is it polite when my professor keep opening my office door without knocking at the door whenever he wants to ask anything? Since the door closed, I am supposed to hear knock before breaking into, or ...
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How should I ask my PhD advisor to let me work remotely…permanently?

My wife plans to graduate in a few months. I have 1-2 years left before I defend and graduate. I'd like to move away with my wife so we can stay together. My work is entirely on a computer, so ...
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What is this “can I hire you as a tutor” scam?

From time to time (presumably because I have an academic address, or am listed on a university web site) I get an e-mail like this: "My son will be in your city next month for two weeks. He is ...
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How should I spend my time as a pre-doctoral fellow?

I have written to my potential PhD supervisor and he has replied that he would be happy to supervise me on a project. I have not applied to the university yet and I think the process will take several ...
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Has a STEM professor ever won an Oscar? [closed]

Has a STEM professor ever been nominated for - or won - an Oscar for their academic research?
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Professor and Class Laughed When Asking About Overflow In Project. Did I do something wrong? [closed]

I'm looking to stop lurking the stack exchange community and actually participate a little more. A little background, I am a student in University in my freshman year of my Computer Information ...
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Quitting PhD program after 1 year

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in electrical engineering in Europe (not in my home country). When I enrolled to this program, I was a little concerned about the research group, since it has ...
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How to write horizontally across the blackboard while keeping handwriting as horizontal as possible?

Does anyone have tips on good ways of writing horizontally across the blackboard? I notice whenever I write across the blackboard, the line will have a slightly downward slope of 15 degrees and it is ...
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Nobel laureates and where they currently work

There are a lot of lists of Nobel laureates by institution available online. However I cannot find any that list laureates by where they are currently working. Does such a list exist?