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Questions tagged [administration]

On the administration or running of an academic department or organization, or the people associated with this role. [administration] is mainly concerned with overseeing regular operations, while [governance] involves strategic tasks of setting goals and direction.

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I believe fellow TAs are giving students answers and inflating their tutorial average, what should I do?

I am first-year graduate student doing teaching assistance for an introductory calculus course. The course is taught by four instructors, with 12 teaching assistants in total and I am one of them. ...
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What are the benefits of becoming an academic administrator?

Why do some professors choose to go into academic administration (e.g., become associate deans, etc.)? I've always assumed the main attraction is that they get paid more. But I've also thought that ...
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For what reasons might a full professor lose tenure?

Recently, a full professor at my university lost their tenure and had their employment with the university terminated. I have never heard of a tenured faculty member "being fired" before. I am not ...
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How to request a professor to let you into their class [closed]

For various valid reasons, I was not able to sign up for a certain math course that I need. The professor is amazing, and I really hope to get into her class. I went to her class every day for a week, ...
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Are universities always disorganized? [closed]

I've been a faculty member at two universities. Both have been very "disorganized," generally speaking. By "disorganized," I mean things like: Faculty are not formally hired until after the semester ...
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To what extent is the university budget public?

I guess this is technically a legal question, but since it is about universities I hope it is ok to ask it here. Let's say that university A has employed the construction company X for a big project. ...
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Should tenured researchers be “encouraged” (forced) to retire at a certain age?

While thinking about this recent question, I was reminded of an issue at two different institutions I've taught at, as well as a third institution I am aware of via my father. One complication I ...
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Unofficially switched PhD supervisor to one at a different institution. Can I get this officially acknowledged? [closed]

My PhD (I have 1 year left in it) started out at institution A with supervisor A. For reasons not worth going into, I am now, in most practical senses, being supervised by supervisor B at institution ...
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A female professor was found responsible for sexual harassment – what can happen to the signatories of a letter in support of her?

The New York Times article reported a day ago that a star professor at New York University was found to be responsible for sexual harassment. There's a letter of support for this professor, sent to ...
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Negotiating salary before in-person interview for an administrative position

I had an interview for an administrative (IT) position at a very prestigious US university. I had a second phone interview with an HR representative who asked for my salary expectation. I gave my ...
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Should I state my chronic illness as one of the reason I have few Extra curricular activities in my application for Masters Program?

This is my First question, so correct me if I am going off topic. I am an Indian male. My age is 20. I am pursuing my B.Tech Mechanical Engineering from India's premier institute. I am currently ...
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How safe is it to provide my credit card information to an admissions office?

Recently, I got admission to a PhD program in the United States. And they have prepared my I-20 and the other documents to send me by mail. They have offered me to provide them my credit card number ...
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In recent academic history, why has research funding increasingly focused upon large interdisciplinary teams?

As noted in Derek Bok's "Higher Education in America," there is a trend in increased funding for large interdisciplinary research programs since the 1970's (Think NSF MRSEC, for example). What is the ...
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PhD stipend continues being paid

I graduated with a PhD after 2 years (I was very efficient) and even though I have already received my degree and moved out of town, I'm still getting a stipend deposited into my bank account. I ...
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Something similar to MBA, but with support?

If someone can't afford to go to school for an MBA, but wants to train to be a manager, is there some compatible Master's, which has a reasonable level of support (teaching assistantships)?
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Received a mail from a collections agency

This is slightly long so please bear with me. This is for a friend and I'll be writing from his perspective. I am an international graduate student at the University A. In 2016 when I was receiving ...
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Graduate school holding a diversity committee meeting. What do I need to do to be effective?

I created an affinity group for first generation students at my graduate school. Shortly after, the school's diversity committee emailed the student government informing us that there would be a ...
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How are department budgets funded and disbursed at undergraduate institutions? [closed]

While the answer is probably highly dependent on field and institution, I am curious as to the different ways departments get their money from the college/university (how is the amount determined?) ...
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Administrative work [closed]

So, I've been reading a lot about how the amount of administrative work a teacher has to do has skyrocketed and there is less and less time to prepare for classes. And since I am not a teacher myself ...
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Department not allowing me to take courses from another department even though everyone else is allowed

I am a graduate student here. There are two set of rules applying to the degree I am seeking: rules from the university rules from my department Using the above sets of rules, you have to make a ...
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I got a way worse grade than my classmates for equal performance. What should I do?

The professor for this course was, according to every one of my classmates (only 7 of us total so I could get all the opinions) a nightmare. To illustrate, in the last week of class, after we present ...
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Return to academia [in administration] from industry

A colleague of mine was a very successful, well funded, highly published post-doc at a top-20 university who abdicated her post for industry. Having grown tired of industry, she now toys with the idea ...
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Dean will not tell me what upcoming meeting is about. What do I do?

I am a tenured professor and co-chair at a small teaching college. I received an email last Friday morning from the head of facilities requesting confirmation of my attendance at a meeting for this ...
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If I leave mid-year, am I still eligible for summer pay? [closed]

I'm on a what appears to be a 12 month contract (Sept.- Aug.) While we only work 9 months out of the year, the standard academic job year, we are paid over 12 months. Well, I am now leaving my post ...
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how should I be positive about financial support?

I am accepted for the January intake.I am a fully funded student. I received the acceptance letter from university but the university has not sent me any financial support letter. My supervisor just ...
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How to run a fiscally independent research department? [closed]

I spoke with a professor and learned that The University of Tennessee chemistry department turns a net profit. It receives zero tuition money. It has patents and research grants. How does it achieve ...
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How can TAs encourage institution to use different administrative software

I'm teaching in a university where many different types of administrative software are used. Many seem a bit clunky and badly designed, but I'm only interested in those relating to teaching. Some of ...
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“Ability to solve problems through the standard application of theoretical principles” in a position description?

I am trying to apply for a job in a university research office, administering honour’s, master’s and PhD thesis submissions. The selection criteria are: Demonstrated ability to apply theoretical ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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What types of administrative jobs can a faculty member get?

I am a professor of physics and just moved to the UK with my wife, who is British. I anticipate that it will take a year or so to find a faculty position matching my field of expertise. To avoid being ...
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How can a department head recruit international students?

I had a brief skype job interview for the position of department head at a mid-size/rank university in England. One of the key questions was about my plans for the international student recruitment. ...
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Is it safe to address university administrators as “professors”?

Last time I had an appointment with one of the university advisors, she kept mentioning that she is going to "teach" later after the meeting. Long after the appointment I realized that I should have ...
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What is the point of being the head of the department?

What is the point of being the head of the department ? I'm an undergraduate Physics & Mathematics student and I want to stay in academia, do research and also teach. I'm assuming professors also ...
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How to deal with a postdoc supervisor who blocks all attempts to do reasonable research?

I have a number of problems with my postdoc supervisor. First of all, I do not have any funds for my research. According to local university rules, I can't submit any grant proposals myself; this is ...
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Purpose of meeting with the dean and provost during campus visit

I was invited to a campus visit for a faculty position at a university in the U.S. The visit will include a job talk, a class presentation to students, meeting with faculty members, meeting with the ...
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PhD hopping due to professional but non-research issues

I'm a foreign PhD student and have had extreme difficulties in the last six months due to the university school administration not providing the documentation required to get a residence permit in ...
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What incentive does a professor have to allow a student to enroll in a course that is already full?

I'm hoping trying to register for a course I need that is currently full, and am told that I can try contacting the professor for permission to enroll. Under what circumstances are such requests ...
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What is an academic's responsibility when a high-level administrator makes false statements to the media?

In a recent media article on the quality of education and curricular changes at our university (elimination of remedial courses), a high-ranking administrator asserted that no changes to any credit-...
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An organizational chart to ensure central management of laboratories in a college

I was asked the other day to suggest how different labs in our college should be centrally managed, or what organizational chart would be suitable, to make all these labs abide by input from the ...
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What can a student do to respond to faculty/administration decisions based on current political events? [closed]

We are from Kuwait. Our university often has many foreign professors visiting for extended periods. In my particular department, the head has now begun rejecting professors from the US, and starting ...
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Is it appropriate for department administrators to send political emails?

In my department, it has been fairly common to receive mass emails from our department chair about political developments. These emails followed the election last winter, recent executive orders from ...
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I feel I may have misspoken about Donald Trump in our Dept. Should I risk drawing attention to the issue by apologizing for it? [closed]

Some administrators and professors and I were talking about all the recent events going on, and I feel I may have participated a bit much in the dialogue and now feel I may have gotten on some people'...
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Going to a different University for part of my PhD

SHORT: Is it normal -or perhaps "is there likely to be any kind of existing framework"- for me to go and do part of my PhD at another institution? For, say, a summer - although I might prefer ...
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How do departments determine the optimal quantity of elective offerings?

In my department, we have a problem in trying to determine how many credits of electives we should offer. At first, it seems that it should be a simple equation to take the number of students ...
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How do schools have the same number of each week day?

My school is currently on a 14 week schedule where we're supposed to have 14 Mondays, 14 Tuesdays, etc. each semester. Because of various holidays, that's harder than it sounds, and so we have a ...
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What is an FTE and what are its variations?

What is an FTE, how is it used, and what are the varieties of FTE calculation that you might see in academia?
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Reasons for an academic to need administrator rights on work computer

Questions related to this in a not specifically academic setting have been asked elsewhere, notably Should developers have administrator permissions on their PC? and Should dev be admin on their ...
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How should I publicize a university event of wide interest?

I am a mathematics professor, and recently I invited (using my own grant funding) a speaker to campus give a lecture on popular math. As I expected, he gave a wonderful talk that any undergraduate ...
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Is it common for higher education institutions to offer sabbatical periods for administrative / support staff?

Occurred to me that some office-based private for-profit companies offer the opportunity of sabbatical periods to their staff. Do most higher education institutions offer sabbatical periods for ...
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Scholarship asks for copy of diploma, old university slow to print it

I have just completed my undergraduate studies in the United States this June. I have completed all degree requirements and have paid off all financial obligations. I received a scholarship for my ...