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Recommendation letter from assistant professor vs professor

Which one will be given more importance? A strong recommendation from a new assistant professor or an average recommendation from senior professor?
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Assistant professor: is it bad if I attend a class in a discipline close to mine but not exactly mine?

I just got a position as assistant professor in the USA. The university I am working at is one of the top 50, according to the U.S. News & World Report. I will be teaching and carrying out high-...
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What stops a university from doing whatever they want when an academic misconduct allegation arises?

I got permission from a professor to submit an essay to him that I wrote for one of his previous classes. It is academic misconduct to do this unless you receive permission from the professor. Say ...
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PhD at same location as undergraduate?

I'm an undergraduate currently. I am looking to pursue a PhD next year. I have an established PI here who I have been working very well with, and we already have, well, probably at least 2 years in ...
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What is a professor called who teaches only one class and who works in the industry during the day-a visiting professor still?

She teaches a class at night and she works in the industry during the day. She has a PhD though. Is this still called a "Visiting professor" (which I thought meant you were permanently employed at ...
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Is it possible to get a professor position without having had any fellowships in grad school?

As a deferred action for early childhood arrival (DACA) student, I found out that I am not eligible for federal fellowships from the government or through the university. Some universities allow for ...
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What happens to a professor if too many students drops out of his or her class?

I am taking a course this semester for an upper year undergraduate course in mathematics. The course instructor had some experience of teaching lower year courses, and her performance in those ...
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Combining Visiting Professor with TT

I currently work as a TT Assistant Professor in a very comfortable and welcoming top-100 university in my field. My wife lives in another country for the time being and I would like to spend more time ...
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Co-authors not willing to publish after rejection. May I drop them?

We wrote a case report (1 + 2 co authors). The case report was not accepted. I tried to convince the other co-authors to re-write and submit. I waited for 3 years and 6 months. The co-authors showed ...
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Can somebody with a PhD in theoretical physics become a Assistant Professor / Instructor in Mathematics?

Most community colleges and universities ask for PhD / Master's in Mathematics in order to become a Assistant Professor / Instructor in mathematics. I know that this will greatly depend on the ...
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How much should a supervisor expect from students who have graduated?

I have recently completed my PhD and taken up a faculty position at another institution. My new job is busy and I regularly get emails from my PhD supervisor asking me to write protocols or for ...
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Making sense of U.S. assist. prof. salaries: gross vs net, 9 vs. 12 months

Having recently received a PhD in Economics from a European university, I am entering the academic job market for economists this year. I am targeting research-intense, PhD-granting universities in ...
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Applying for assistant professor position, teaching statement required but I have no teaching experience

I'm going to apply for an assistant professor position in a European university's campus in China. The problem is that I do not have any formal, class-based teaching experience while the job ...
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Recommendation letters for assistant professor position (computer science and statistics)

I am applying for (research) assistant professor positions in the computer science and statistics areas. I have seen advice on having at least one recommendation letter outside of my graduate school ...
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How do I keep my tenure track job search confidential?

I work as a research scientist for a tech company. I publish frequently in top venues in my area and, at the same time, I've been adjuncting at well-known universities to teach classes. I don't feel ...
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How do new faculty members in the UK start their career without startup grants?

I'm starting a lecturer position in Computer Science in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to a tenure-track assistant professor position. However, the department head told me that, while they do ...
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During one's career in academia, in the STEM fields of research at U.S. universities, what are typical examples of academic politics? [closed]

What are some typical examples of "academic politics" that professors face in academia? Does academic politics mainly affect younger professors? I've seen the term "academic politics" come up in ...
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Do math PhDs - post-doctoral researchers have an advisor?

Typically, well-prepared undergrad math students have summer REU advisors, masters and PhD students have thesis advisors. What do new math PhDs - postdoctoral researchers have at the university ...
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How independent is an assistant professor in Denmark?

In Denmark, an assistant professor is at the same level as a postdoc in terms of their salary scale. I believe assistant professors in Denmark can do independent research and can apply for their own ...
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Getting faculty position in the US: after Postdoc in the US or Lecturer in the UK?

I am a postdoc in a US university (Rank A, edit: R1). I tried to get an academic faculty position in the US, but was unsuccessful. I got an offer (lecturer in the UK system) from the UK university (...
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Is experience as a Lecturer in Europe/UK considered relevant in Indian inst. (IIT/IIIT/NIT) for Assistant Professor positions in CS?

Is a Lecturer in the UK or Europe considered pretty much the same as an Assistant Professor in the US, considering the fact that this Lecturer position involves teaching, research and service? Do ...
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What is the difference between “docent” (lecturer) and “Universitair docent” (Asst. Prof.) in the Dutch system?

I see many job openings for "docent" or "Universitair docent" on Dutch job boards. Curious, I checked out Wikipedia for more info and, while I learned about the structure there, it isn't clear to me ...
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Do newly hired professors have to take a drug test before they start? [closed]

In U.S., Canadian and European universities do new professors have to pass a drug test before starting their career? Or is it only required when they are promoted to full-time tenure professors?
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Do teaching load agreements always refer to the academic year?

I was lucky enough to get hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in computer science. During the negotiation of the offer (per email), the department head assured me that, during my first year, ...
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International differences between “adjunct professor” and “visiting professor”?

I am interested in the differences between levels of professorships in the countries: USA UK China Germany I read the Wikipedia Article about Professorship in United States but as far as I can tell -...
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What's a good strategy for coming up with a lab name?

I'm going to be starting a research lab as a junior faculty, what is a good strategy for coming up with a lab name? How important is a lab name in differentiating yourself in the field or ...
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Applying for postdoc fellowship vs applying for lectureship

I finished my PhD 2.5 years ago (Computer Science), and have since been working as a post-doc at a top university. I've decided that I want to pursue an academic career, and I'm trying to decide what ...
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What is the proper way for an abbreviation of assistant professor?

I am looking for the formally correct abbreviation of assistant professor. How do I refer to someone in that position in a letter or on a webpage? Is Asst. Prof. Dr. the right title?
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Accepting an Assistant Professor position at a low ranked university

I recently completed a postdoc at a prestigious R1 university, in a high profile lab. My publication record is not prolific, but those that I have published as first author are well respected journals,...
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Salary and Rank Discrepency: assistant profs with better records than associates in the same dept

Is there anything to be done when a department has hot young assistant professors with much stronger research records (in books and peer-reviewed publications) than the associate professors? Must the ...
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What's the point in hiring assistant professors instead of more experienced professors?

I wonder what the upsides are of hiring assistant professors instead of more experienced professors. I am mostly interested in US universities and computer science departments.
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“Taking summers off” and the impact on tenure decisions

Assume there is a young tenure-track professor on a 9-month salary who is a good instructor and manages to get research published at an appropriate pace during the school year for tenure consideration....
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Leaving academia for financial reasons - how to communicate the reason of departure in a professional manner?

I recently finished my PhD and continued to work at the same department as assistant professor. Amid lack of funding, and other academic joys, the department went an extra mile to procure my contract ...
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Are Visiting Assistant Professor salaries negotiable?

I have two offers for a Visiting Assistant Professor position. Can I negotiate for a higher salary for a VAP position?
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Assistant Professor vs Assistant Teaching Professor

Is there any difference between an "Assistant Professor" position and "Assistant Teaching Professor"?
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How is tenure-track start-up in Europe?

After 2 postdoc positions, I applied for tenure-track assistant professor positions. I am from mechanical engineering and my research is strongly experimental. This is critically important for me to ...
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Are there any actions professors can take online to contribute towards “service requirements”?

I would like to fulfill my service requirements for the tenure review process. My question: Is it possible to help fulfill these requirements through on-line activities? E.g. Mentoring students ...
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About assistant professor job postings with no set deadline

Every once in a while I see assistant professor job postings that don't have set deadlines. Sometimes they would add that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, or that "until the positions are ...
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How common is spousal hire (academic or non-academic) in the Australia/New Zealand system?

I am an academic with hoping for an offer at an Oceania university. I want to know how common in this system is it to ask the university to give my spouse a job? It is common and often successful in ...
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Ratio of applicants to jobs for engineering professor or assistant professor

Where can I find statistics for jobs to applicant ratios for engineering professorships or assistant professorships? The reason I'm asking this is I'm thinking this might be the best metric to ...
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Can I call an assistant professor “Professor”?

My former teacher, who had done her PhD in a top-10 university in the UK in 2009, is an assistant professor in my former school. On the day when I visited my former school, I saw her at the school ...
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What is the average salary of assistant professor in New Zealand?

What is the rough salary one should expect from a research university in New Zealand, say in mathematics or sciences areas, at the beginning assistant professor (called Lecturer in NZ) level professor?...
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How an assistant professor is called in North America?

We've had discussions on this site about the German tradition of Prof. Dr., but I'm unclear on how it maps over to the North American academy. My question, therefore, is whether a North American ...
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Am I likely to be perceived as less successful if I start as an assistant professor at age 40?

Several professors, including my former advisor and a senior member of my research community, have been encouraging me to apply for a faculty job. I am torn about it mostly because I am 40 years old. ...
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Recruiting process time for assistant professor position in Japan?

What time scale is typical for the evaluation of applications for an assistant professorship in Japan?
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Is it possible to get an assistant professor position that does not require doing research?

I know the Lecturer position is a purely teaching role (and can even be obtained with just a Master's degree). However, is the Assistant Professor role necessarily tied with research (or can it also ...
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Is tenure also meant for becoming an assistant professor?

The announcement below from Japan sounds like one becomes an assistant professor at the end of the tenure process. I thought the tenure is always meant for becoming associate professor. Terms of ...
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How should you address academic colleagues in the United States? Is the “Prof” title necessary? [duplicate]

I've recently been hired as an assistant professor and will be starting this fall. As I'm beginning to be included on departmental e-mail and in certain decisions, I'm starting to interact (at least ...
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Might colleges and universities not consider me for an assistant professor position because I'm a professional tutor in addition to being a teacher?

I'm a physical scientist, having completed both my Ph.D. and postdoc at top 5 U.S. universities. After working in industry for more than 10 years, I decided it was time for a career switch to academia,...
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By what title should I greet assistant and associate professors in emails and letters?

By what title should I greet assistant and associate professors in emails and letters? I study in the UK and for post-doctorands up to senior lectures one uses "Dear Dr. X", but for professors one ...