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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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Does a department have any obligation to respond to a student petition against a teacher?

If all students of a class sign a petition claiming that a professor of a course is disqualified to teach, does the department/faculty change that professor? Do students have this right? and what is ...
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Is the expression “Deputy Head of Research” correct?

In my university department there is a professor who holds the position of Head of the department, and then there are also several Deputy Heads, who are in charge of different management areas —more ...
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How to move forward following an unpleasant situation with colleagues?

I'm a recently hired assistant professor at a small teaching university. The department head has been successful in dramatically increasing student enrollment, such that our department is viewed ...
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Do Universities have a right to stop students from talking about questions on tests?

This case in Canada was between students who were complaining about a professor and the school who claimed doing so was misconduct. The school lost because the punishment infringed on students' ...
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What steps can faculty and staff take to promote excellence in, and importance of, teaching?

tl;dr Faculty don't think teaching is as important as their other responsibilities; how do we change that? Long version I've been working in academia for a long time and whenever I see instructors ...
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What are the major differences between PhD programs in mathematics and PhD programs in other STEM fields?

I am currently two years into a math PhD program at a mid-tier state school. I read a lot of advice about getting a STEM PhD on the Internet, but a lot of it seems very inapplicable to mathematics. I ...
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Administrative recognition of frequently-cited unpublished manuscripts

This is not a question about academia per se, but about the academia-administration interface. When I was a postdoc, I wrote a paper that started to be cited quite often (by the standards of my ...
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Why do some research centres and university department publish a multi-year future strategic plan?

I noticed that a few research centres and university departments provide a multi-year strategic plan document on their websites. For example, IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) and Stanford ...
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What leverage do universities have over sexual violence in fraternities?

IMPORTANT: The allegation of gang-rape in the Rolling Stone article that formed the basis for this question has been retracted; later evidence on the matter shows that the allegation that gang-rape ...
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Why do research faculty pursue administrative positions, such as dean, provost, president, etc. ? Do such positions spell the end of one's research?

At a recent seminar talk, I was amazed to note that one of the two coauthors (not the presenter) was the president of a large and well-known university, since I had always assumed that taking on such ...
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Is there evidence of effects of votes of no confidence on enrollment?

Is there any evidence that a successful vote of no confidence on the president of a small college will have a negative impact on enrollment? This warning is being used by the administration of my ...
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What are the duties of the Chancellor

After asking this question, I've realised I don't really have a good grasp on what exactly the Chancellor does. I know the Vice-Chancellor runs the university, but what does the Chancellor do? I've ...
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What is a Pro-Chancellor?

I was looking at a document describing setting arrangements for a ceremony and ran into the phrase: The president of the Student Guild shall sit in the front row, with the Vice-chancellor, the ...
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Uneven skill set and customer service attitudes of University Support Services

I was wondering if anyone had any guidance on how to handle/manage the uneven skill sets and lack of customer service attitudes on the part of administrative units. I'm talking about concrete issues, ...
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Variation in drop dates, and effect on student outcomes

(This question may be specific to US university systems. Also, sorry it is long.) US universities usually have some provision for students to drop a course. Within the first N weeks of the term, if ...
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Do schools/departments ever evaluate their own admissions process?

I'm curious as to whether or not any departments ever attempt to evaluate their own admissions decisions. It seems quite plausible to do for any college or graduate program, but I've never heard of it ...
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Is there an association for academic managers?

I there an international society/association for building a community of academic managers (such as department heads, deans, etc)? I found Association of University Administrators, but it is for ...
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Appropriate ways to propose moving from a single to a joint appointment

Consider an assistant professor who does fairly interdisciplinary work, regularly publishing in journals for more than one field, or where you can make a case that, depending on how you spin it, they ...
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What is a “graduate school”?

Specifically, why do some universities have a defined "graduate school" and associated "graduate faculty," with separate appointment process, and some do not, even when they offer many graduate ...
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What do the middle digits of course codes represent?

Take the course code PHYS 3054 or PHYS 354. The physics department doesn't offer 54 courses at the 300 or 3000 level. I imagine some universities subscribe to a set of common best practices for ...
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What is the difference between academic and administrative department heads?

In a comment, it was quoted that some universities have administrative or academic department head. I sensed this difference before (but do not remember specifically), but I always thought that the ...
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How should administration punish sexual abuse/trade for grade?

It happens that some students offer sex for grade. Just considering the fact that popularity of this strategy can strongly weaken the quality of education, administrators should take some actions to ...
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How important is the country of academic experience in applying for US academic jobs?

I have long academic experiences in African universities (where I studied and am based). I had various administrative positions such as head, dean, vice president. Academically, I have supervised tens ...
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Do students and faculty comprise any State University in the US?

Oxford University as a corporation grants membership to the matriculated students who are currently pursuing a degree. However, in the US there seems to be a tendency for University legal business to ...
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What is the typical Legal Structure of a modern College?

I'm very perplexed as to how the terms College and University are archaically used to denote associations of people, but are in modern times being used to denote buildings or realty. What are ...
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Can the graduate school administration change graduation dates?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the deliberate delay my thesis paperwork by my professor, and after my department ignored my thesis revision requests for over 6 months, I ...
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What are the risks associated with taking a semester off while doing a Master's degree?

I am curious about this - I'm currently undergoing a Masters degree and am almost finished. I finished the coursework, however I still have the thesis project plus the thesis. And it's looking ...
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Is a Master 2 Research (Europe) a University or Postgraduate Degree?

I am currently applying for post-docs and for one of them, I should provide the "category" or degree/educational establishment where I have the choice between: University degree Postgraduate PhD My ...
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How to highlight the importance of past positions in CV?

When addressing the past positions in a resume, although titles somewhat describes the role, they cannot clarify the importance of positions. For example, listing a past position of department chair ...
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How much is the teaching duty of university administrators?

Due to the time-consuming nature of administrative jobs, university administrators normally reduce their teaching duties. This reduction is normally proportional to the level of administrative job: ...
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Consequences I should expect of violence in my classroom

I'm asking what to expect after violence in my classroom, will I be fired, expelled? What is the procedure? Hopefully this is the correct stack exchange for this, if not feel free to tell me where ...
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What is the appropriate mechanism for finding administrative support for a conference?

We're organizing a conference and I currently don't have administrative support to process our income and receipts. I don't have a personal admin and I curious about the best and polite way to find ...
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How should an educational institute woo good faculty?

What steps must an educational institution wanting to recruit good faculty take? There is a cycle in the academia: Good doctorates from top universities invariably join other top universities as ...