All Questions

Tagged with
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
10
votes
5answers
4k views

As a post-doc applicant, should I address a professor by their first name in email after they addressed me that way?

Regarding a post-doc position, I recently wrote to a professor in the US by starting my mail "Dear Professor X" where X is the surname and she replied to me "Hello Y" where Y is my first name. I am ...
39
votes
7answers
11k views

Is it unusual for a math department not to have a mail/web server?

I'm a PhD student in a math department at a research university in the US. When I started the program I was given an account on the department server with a website and a nice department email address....
4
votes
3answers
387 views

Emails being ignored by University

I am a graduate student in the U.S., specifically California although I am not sure it matters. After three months in the American university system I am almost convinced there is an organizational ...
2
votes
1answer
158 views

How to ask for more details from a US university professor without being rude if he says I should apply through the university?

I'm a BSc holder looking for grad. studies. I contacted a professor from a good US university (not Ivy League) about his work and publications which I liked very much. I told him about my research ...
6
votes
2answers
439 views

Using first name only for university email alias

I’m an incoming grad student at a US university and I’ve been asked to set up my email alias. The university doesn’t have an explicit policy on what the aliases should look like, but I’ve noticed most ...
5
votes
2answers
306 views

What is actually confidential in communications in state universities?

I have been hearing things like nothing you write in an email is confidential in state universities because of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or other similar state laws. Questions: Can I ...
13
votes
3answers
1k views

How should staff address non-doctorate professors?

Background: I am in an administrative staff position, in a research compliance role, and frequently have to "cold" email professors I have never met or otherwise previously interacted with. In my ...
1
vote
1answer
470 views

Emailing professors in the physics and mathematics departments

I'm an Economics and Mathematics major in college, but I have been studying both mathematics and physics in college. Since I wish to go on and specialize in mathematical physics, I'll be looking to ...
80
votes
13answers
32k views

How to deal with an inappropriate greeting in an email?

I'm relatively new to teaching (I was just hired as a tenure-track English professor at a local community college and have been teaching for just about 2 years). I recently received an email from a ...
11
votes
5answers
4k views

How should a new professor sign their name in emails to students?

I just finished my PhD and am starting an adjunct position at a local community college. I was responding to my first email from a student when I came across a problem I've never had before: I don't ...
4
votes
2answers
297 views

If I get an encouraging but noncommittal response from potential advisor, should I continue to pursue other potential advisors at this school?

Hoping someone can shed some light, or at least quell my worrying. Probably the latter. Anyways I emailed a professor with just an introductory email, I had read some of his work and would like to ...
16
votes
7answers
7k views

In the United States, how customary is it for professors to not check their emails around Christmas?

I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining, and I understand professors and academics are humans. My question is more of one of inquiry rather than venting. I have e-mailed a few professors for certain ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

How do junior faculty in the U.S. normally address senior faculty in emails?

In the United States, what is the common way junior faculty address senior faculty in the same department or different department? Hi First or Last name Hi Dr ___ Dear Dr __ Dear Doctor ___ Dear ...
6
votes
2answers
8k views

How to politely follow up after contacting potential postdoc advisor?

After sending an unsolicited email to a potential postdoc advisor, and receiving no response for a while, what is a very polite way to follow up? Based on past experience lack of immediate response ...