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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Why do universities announce interviewees for positions as lates as possible?

My (R1) university is hiring a number of upper administration positions. We keep getting these emails about the dates of the interview, but the names aren't released until 24 h beforehand. My ...
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Immatrikulation and PhD in Germany

Do PhD students (who work as research/teaching assistant and get paid according to the TV-L E13 bracket) in Germany get an official student enrollment from the university 'Immatrikulation'?
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Administrators: what is the process in your university for diploma nostrification?

I understand that nostrifying a foreign diploma ensures that a degree is recognised at the correct level in a certain country. However, I'm curious about how university administrators actually go ...
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Part-time UK lecturer - how much admin and what counts?

Can anyone give me a guide to how much admin a part-time university lecturer should be doing. My employer is so very vague and I have no idea if I'm doing too much, or if I can just say no. It seems ...
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How to get on my PhD supervisor's case without becoming a nuisance?

So my PhD supervisor is very senior in the university. This has its advantages but unfortunately this also means he's very busy most of the time, especially now that it's summer and he's been away on ...
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When do registrar's offices usually request course schedules?

At approximately what time in the fall semester, do most universities (in the US, say) request that departments submit their spring schedules? At my university, the date keeps moving earlier and ...
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Top CS PhD programs, do I stand a chance? [closed]

I'm an American EE/CompE undergrad at a mid tier(top 200) smaller state school with a 3.96 GPA. I am the first person in my family to attend college, so you can imagine that getting advice on grad ...
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How to deal with administrative duties killing the research spirit?

Some months ago I was promoted with a managing position inside the university (in my case, associated chair of my school, being for instance the head of admission committee and the director of ...
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Teaching a class likely meant to inflate the GPA of student athletes

Premise My department recently finalized the faculty teaching assignments for the Fall 2019 semester (starts at the end of August 2019). As these assignments were being discussed a few weeks ago, my ...
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How much has student usage of social media increased Universities’ internet traffic bills over the last 20 years? [closed]

Not counting those that ban social media, but counting student Wi-Fi provision such as UK Eduroam.
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Late withdrawal from all the courses after the census date as I had an accident and will be undergoing surgery [closed]

I will be undergoing surgery due to an accident that happened to me 2 months before the start of the term and I have been. The term has nearly ended and I wont be able to sit for final exams as I will ...
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How to assess the long-term stability of a college as part of a job search

A few weeks from now, I'll be traveling for a flyout interview to a SLAC (small liberal arts college) in the eastern United States. The college is very small, less than 1,500 students. If hired, I ...
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Becoming department chair while being good friends with some but not all members

I am considering becoming department chair of a small department (10 people, not including adjuncts), and not because I really want to, but because no one else wants to and I like to be a good member ...
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Do German universities internally track the scientific output of single work groups/professors and with which internal/external goals?

We are asked in our group to send new publications for journals and conferences to our secretary, who told me she has to input this information also into a database of the university. Over the years ...
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I left college in the last semester (did not finish), but the college “transferred military experience to credits” and gave me a diploma. Normal?

When I was in community college (2016), I wasn't on good terms with the school. I was harassed occasionally and complained about it very forcefully to representatives of the administration. I passed ...
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FERPA and confidentiality of information when university officials contact school

I have a reason to think an official from a university I previously applied to is potentially stalking me. His previous actions and attitude had made me uncomfortable. We live in the same town and at ...
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Why do professors use course-buyouts?

I am confused about how course buyouts work in the United States and about how the incentives play out for professors and the university. I will use a constructed example to frame my confusion. Please ...
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Reporting a student who may be psychologically disturbed

Yesterday, a colleague from my school's history department brought me a student's final project from her history class. The assigned project was to produce a "creative" project dealing with a ...
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Institutional repository (DSpace)

I currently work for the small institutions that doesn't have a digital repository, so we begun the process of digitilising current research data: sensitive data (raw data in a form of pdf surveys, ...
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As temporary faculty, how to deal with a colleague who, via email, questions agreements made in a meeting? [closed]

I'm on a short-term contract with a local state university. I have been teaching there as an adjunct for a while, but a full-time faculty needed to take emergency leave so I was asked to cover their ...
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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 Prof Avital Ronell at New York University was found to be responsible for sexual harassment. There's a letter of support for this professor (see ...
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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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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. ...