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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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Are there any PHD scholarships in Public Policy/ Public Administration or Public Management in UK, US or Germany? For international students? [closed]

Am searching for a fully funded PHD scholarship, in Public Management, Policy or administration in US, UK or in Germany? For international students, I come from Kenya and I have a master degree in ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It is very common to see statements like "it is your responsibility to make sure [someone with higher rank, like your advisor/supervisor/mentor] to submit/upload [something like a letter/approval]...
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My university is not issuing a transcript in the form required by a foreign university. What are the options before me?

I'm from a South Asian country, and here marksheets are accepted for all kinds of admissions. Now, I have applied to a UK university, and upon uploading my marksheets, which look like this: I ...
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What should I do if my university accepted too many first year grad students and now not everyone can find a pi/permanent lab?

The university accepted way too many students and now about 25% of the cohort is having to do additional rotations because it seems like the school does not have enough PIs or mentors to take on ...
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How to deal with inappropriate hiring instructions that are only given verbally?

Suppose I am chairing a hiring committee for a faculty position in a north American university, and suppose the administration have some verbal instructions on how the search should be conducted that ...
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Would it be possible to work as part-time staff in a university research lab?

I was wondering if it's usual(or even possible) to work in a research lab as part-time staff. I would love to just apply for a full-time position, but I cannot leave my current job due to an education ...
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Can administrative work benefit a PostDoc?

Imagine a relatively new Postdoc. She joined a new group (3-5 PhDs, 1 Prof.) and due to 'special circumstances' (Prof. too busy and mostly unavailable) is now responsible for all the PhD and Master/...
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What is the benefit to having administrative tasks in academia? [duplicate]

I see that some professors are super busy with administrative tasks like deanship, directorship, etc. Is there any benefit to having such administrative tasks in academia? If so, how?
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Candidating a venue to host a conference: contacting hotels for participants' discount rates

I am an early career academic who is candidating my university to host an academic conference, and this is my first time. As a criterion for determining the location, the chairs asked me if I could ...
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Should I volunteer as the department chair?

My department's chair was due to renew this year. There was a search where, through an anonymous survey, short-listed candidates represented tenured faculty members with the most support from ...
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What are the backgrounds of founders of universities?

Universities have histories behind them. Some are public, others are private. Some are founded by the state, some by political figures in their capacity as public officials or private capacity (for ...
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Is it fair for my PI to ask me to do administrative work like submitting reports for grants?

If this occurs, is this normal? It seems like work necessary for an administrator. Moreover, there is nothing to learn from doing so. It just seems like a lot of work towards something that is not a ...
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What standards exist for the naming and abreviation of colleges? [closed]

Background: Currently, I am trying to manually scrape the contents of a transfer map tool hosted on Arizona State University's website. I was pretty successful in deconstructing how the URL for the ...
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Why do Western universities seem to have trouble with Chinese names? [closed]

I've seen this happen enough times to start wondering. For example, take the name "Ting Chao Chung", a Chinese-American Nobel laureate. Ting (丁) is the last name, and "Chao Chung" (...
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Is doing a favor for a professor in return for a favor strange?

I’m an undergraduate student and want to teach a workshop next semester, so I’m working with my school’s administration to get help with room reservations and stuff. I have been bounced around between ...
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What is the effect of F grades caused by administrative errors on graduate schools? [closed]

Last year, I went to exchange credit with another university. During course registration, I applied for a graduate class in another department by purely clicking mistake. I explained that the school ...
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Innovative uses for a large donation for my department

Thanks to a large donation by a generous donor, my department has an "institute" that they use to host seminar speakers, subsidize student travel, support postdocs, and host social ...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

TL;DR: First, all of this is happening in the US. I was a PhD student in X, in good standing, but had a shift of interest towards field Y, so I switched programs and universities to study Y. A year is ...
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What are the ethics involved in teaching my chair's child in my undergrad class?

I'm a faculty member, and my department chair's son is enrolled in a course I'm teaching. Actually, this happened twice during the past academic year and is slated to happen again this fall. I'm ...
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Precedents of student affair/DEI providing input in faculty hiring, promotion, and evaluation?

Has there been any examples of office of student affairs or office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) or equivalent offices in university administrations providing (direct and nontrivial) input ...
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How to use a transcript with wrong course names in my application

The transcript for my last year of master's contains severe errors in course names. I will need it fixed if I want to apply to PhD programs, otherwise my chances would diminish. The master program's ...
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How to negotiate on heavy social tasks and administratives that weren't advertised when you signed a lecturer contract?

I signed a deal as an undergraduate specialized lecturer with job description that prioritized research (followed by teaching). The (Human Capital) HC outlined these job descriptions when she offered ...
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What useful teaching/administrative practices do lecturers disclose as additions to the course outline?

There have been a few answers and comments on this site where lecturers have noted some useful practices they implement in their teaching, which they disclose in the course outline. Usually this ...
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How to ensure the research continuity when dealing with uncooperative administration?

Let us assume you have secured a hefty funding to do some exciting research. The problem is, the funding is about to end, you have done that hard part already and are interested in a follow-up, but it ...
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DAAD funding for stay abroad for PhD students and postdocs: is it added to the regular TV-L salary?

There are several funding options from the German DAAD for PhD students and Postdoc working in German universities to visit other countries: Research grants for doctoral candidates Research grants ...
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Postdoc offer: Do I have the position? How long does HR take to prepare the formalities?

I applied for a post doc position in the USA. My interview was done with the PI and I had one-on-one interactions with all the lab members ten days ago. He then unofficially offered me the position ...
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Distribution of in-class and online activities during hybrid teaching after COVID-19

Here in Brazil we are slowly returning to face-to-face activities, and this includes university classes. Most proposal suggest that we do this gradually, by first implementing a hybrid teaching system ...
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Starting PhD, university says I don't have to sign contract

I am starting my PhD in three weeks in Denmark. In Denmark, it is usual that PhD students are formally employees of the university but also have student status. I have received recently my employee ...
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Could applying for pass/fail with a grade showing in the transcript affect my chances of entering a PhD program?

Because of Covid 19, we are facing multiple dilemmas regarding putting courses on pass\fail option. As an applied biology MSc student, my GPA is currently 4.10 out of 4. All of my courses are (A+) and ...
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Staying in the PhD program after I told them I'm leaving

I am a first-year PhD student, and as the title suggests, I've told my department that I'll be leaving the program this summer (that is in one month), but now there's a situation that I have a reason ...
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When should private tutors communicate with course professors?

Students often seek help from a variety of sources, including private tutors, who can be found either locally or remotely on websites such as Wyzant, Chegg, Tutor.com, Varsity Tutors, etc. As a ...
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Previous University Refusing to Supply Basic Details Required for VISA Application for Another Job

I am a recent PhD graduate from a (large) university in the UK. I have a job offer that I have already accepted that is based in another country. I require basic information from my university for a ...
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My transcript has the wrong course names. How to fix this in PhD applications?

I took courses named A, B, and C during my master. They are all strongly related to the field I want to apply in, and I got top grades in them. Due to administrative reasons, my transcript shows ...
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What are the consequences for missing a semester grade reporting deadline? [closed]

It is obviously doing a disservice to students waiting for their final grades who might need them for financial aid purposes etc. Course faculty involved in this would also at least have some ...
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Advising a student with academically self-destructive behavior

I work for a small community college which is a subsidiary of a larger institution where I do primarily teaching and admin support but also do some academic mentoring. I have one student who has for ...
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How can faculty best telegraph work-life balance challenges under COVID to our administration?

Work-life balance is more challenging for faculty than ever under COVID-19. What are equitable, privacy sensitive ways to telegraph needs at the individual level? What are acceptable accommodations ...
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How does management work in academia? Who do professors report to?

In commercial companies you will mostly only have a handful people per manager. For example in a law firm it might be four or five and rarely that I know of more than a dozen. But in (university) ...
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TA salary between different university departments

Recently, I was talking to some fellow grad students and the issue of money came up. I was shocked to find out my two friends who are TA's in the philosophy and physics departments at the same ...
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How to gracefully step back from academic administration duties during the pandemic?

I am a tenured professor who holds some administrative positions (e.g., graduate director) in exchange for teaching reduction. I had previously asked about the administrative tasks consuming all my ...
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As faculty, can I bring about changes in our outsourced campus bookstore?

I am tenured faculty at a state university in the US. Our campus bookstore is not run by the university; instead, it is owned and operated by a large, well-known corporation, and has a contractual ...
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Have US universities seen a significant increase in administrative workforces relative to academic activity?

I was recently made aware of a study (caveat: from 2014) indicating that, supposedly, US academic institutions have taken on non-academic staff at a much higher overall rate than the increase in the ...
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non-responsive academic program advisor/manager

My graduate program advisor/manager (one, who manages logistics of students; not for thesis) and I had arguments about how he proceeded the work (e.g. dropping my course without notice by self-...
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What are the implications when a student takes a conflict to the chair?

Does writing to a Department Chair always have to result in a grievance and/or official investigation, or does the Chair ever help the parties work things out? I had originally posed this question ...
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Should I reply to email from institute director congratulating me for being shortlisted for a position?

I have received an email from the "director" of a prestigious research institute, sent to me and another candidate, announcing and congratulating that we have been shortlisted for a particular ...
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Appeal on overpunishment for exceeding word count was denied – how to proceed?

I made an academic appeal over the marking of an essay, which was 13 words over the word limit. The mark on the word-count section was unexpected, but was not consistent with the formal university ...
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Can a PhD student co-supervise master students in Germany?

In Germany, is it possible for a PhD student to be co-supervisor of a master thesis?
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Supervisor who does not answer

My advisor has not replied to my email for 4 days. I'm in a hurry, this is a piece of paper that he should sign for me before December 18 what to do? any exemple of emails ? please help!!! Finally, I ...
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My grade was penalized because of a technical problem. Who can I contact?

Last year, I did an exchange semester at a foreign university as part of my master degree. I was lagging behind on homework in one of my exchange courses, and wouldn't have been able to get a good ...
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Student comments from meetings frequently overreacted to by senior 'management' [closed]

I've worked at several UK institutions over the past 10 years and one aspect that consistently raises my eyebrows is the reaction to student-staff liaison meetings* from senior members of the team. ...
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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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