Questions tagged [colleagues]

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How to respond to a citation request which is not relevant?

Often, as soon as I submit a pre-submission paper on the arxiv, I receive a couple of emails from other researchers pointing out their previous relevant work, which in their words is connected with ...
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How to build relationships with colleagues as new faculty member?

I have just started a new job as an assistant professor in a tenure-track position. What are the most important things that I can do to build good working and social relationships with my colleagues? ...
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What kind of video conference software do academics use?

I'm a new graduate student and my adviser asked me to set up a meeting with some out-of-state colleagues (whom I haven't met yet) to start working on a collaboration that I'll be playing a major role ...
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How to build bridges between mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists?

I am part of a recently founded laboratory in computational biology and we are trying to get all the parts (biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and so on) to speak the same language, or ...
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A potential collaborator applies for a grant on his own: what should I do?

In response to a solicitation in an area of my expertise, I approached a known expert in a different field; I had thought of a way to apply that field to solve the problem. He liked my idea and set ...
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Publishing a non-invalidating comment to a recent paper- should I contact the original authors if I know them?

This question is similar to this one: Publishing a comment or contacting the authors privately? but has a few differences. A colleague of mine has recently published a letter responding to another ...
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Another instructor is pushing me out of the classroom right after my class ends

I am a graduate student in math in my final year, and for several years have been teaching at my department as a lecturer. This semester, in the same lecture hall there is another lecture that starts ...
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What to do with an overtly exasperating colleague in computer science?

I am working on my undergraduate research project in an HPCC. Whoever does programming knows this is a "teach-yourself" skill. Everytime a problem arises, you search the wealth of tutorials and guides ...
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How to acknowledge a colleague's authorship of text in a syllabus

Here is a situation that I have been in several times, but have only recently begun to give careful thought to. Suppose you are asked to teach a course that you have not taught before. A fairly ...
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Is it OK to let somebody know I refereed their paper? [duplicate]

It is not uncommon, especially for narrow fields, that you review papers authored by people that you might, at some point, come to interact with more or less closely. This can range from meeting them ...
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Is it OK to only invite one of three co-authors of a previous joint paper to do another joint paper?

I have co-authored one paper with Professor A, PhD student B and PhD student C. B left the best impression on me as the most friendly, productive and hard-working. Now, I want to do a joint paper ...
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6-months internship has nothing to do with what was promised

Since sept 2013, I have been doing a Masters in mathematical finance. Our course requires us to do an off-cycle internship of 5 months minimum (typically, from April to September). During this ...
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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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Examples of teams of teachers?

There was another question In universities, how to team up with your colleagues? which talked about building relationships but what I am really curious about is: Are there any universities which ...
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How to deal with a difficult team supervisor?

I m in the fourth year of my PhD in veterinary sciences in North America. My Research project involves a lot of farm/team work. I have to work with technicians, farm staff, research associates and ...
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Social etiquette for interacting with PhD peers who complain *a lot*

People in my program complain a lot and usually not in good humor. How can I handle this socially and professionally? Some of these people are my friends and some are no more than peers. In general ...
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How to conduct an effective regular group meeting?

My research group has regular group meeting but I usually think it is not effective. In particular the research area of the group is very diverse, every time I just listen on something I cannot ...
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Am I obliged to share my most promising data?

I have just started a PhD along with another candidate. We are each looking at different aspects of the same subject. His data provide context for mine, while my data simply add value to his. As I ...
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What rate of faculty turnover is healthy?

What is considered a reasonable rate for faculty turnover in a "healthy" department? How much turnover is too much/little? Presumably the rates might depend on seniority. Does departmental turnover ...
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Nightmares and frustrations with students' sloppy homework

I have a serious problem with HW usually submitted by students. A considerable fraction of the students are not neat with their HWs. By neat I mean respecting the guide lines I provided them to ...
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Dealing with listening/talking to researchers with difficult accents

Often, when speaking English in research, you can find a great variety of (mostly, non-native) accents. Since I started moving in academic circles and a more international environment, I slowly ...
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Strategies for dealing/interacting with a colleague who have suffered from academic burnout

There are quite a few question aiming at or hinting towards avoiding academic burn-out, but I couldn't come across one that targets interaction with a colleague that has suffered from a serious burn-...
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How do people manage recommendation letters?

A good academic job normally needs excellent recommendation. Due to the rapid growth of higher education, there are too many vacancies (in new or expanding universities) and too many applicants (...
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Going to conferences: all the research team members together or everyone alone?

I have been discussing with friends and colleagues about the strategy to use to decide, in a research group, who has to go to a conference and with who. The issue is: if someone in the research group ...

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