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Academic advisor asks me to rewrite text (too?) many times

I have to write a report about my academic progress every year, upload it in my university account (before May 15) and schedule a meeting with my thesis committee (before May 31). I started working on ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

I'm an undergraduate from a non-academic background. I have a personal interest in researching about some ethnic minorities, and came across a Routledge Handbook that focuses on that topic. The author ...
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How to handle a reflection exercise if a student skips the initial assignment?

For the next semester, I'd like to give students a reflection exercise after their first assignment -- specifically to confirm that they can access the feedback I leave in the online homework system. ...
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Best practices to manage the workflow with your thesis committee (Ph.D.)?

I am doing my Ph.D. in the Social Sciences and I am reflecting on how to optimize the workflow with my thesis committee (three advisors) in the implementation of feedback on chapters or papers. I ...
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Does a problem statement chapter contributes / addressing a research question by establishing a deeper problem understanding?

Considering a PhD thesis that use a problem statement chapter in the middle of the thesis. The reason for the chapter is that the required background information is only, fully available at this point....
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Is the use of we / us (in the sense of the reader and writer exploring the topic) accepted in a PhD thesis or bad style? [duplicate]

Before, referring just to some other question that sounds likely to be the same, e.g., about can I write: "I/We have developed X?", what I am asking about is: "Let us (you the reader ...
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Is it right to ask my advisor to let me prepare my defense talk alone?

I'm a math major and I'm finishing my bachelor thesis. I was lucky enough to find a hardworking and caring advisor to work with. I'm very grateful with him for his guidance but, during this time, I ...
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Facilitating anonymous feedback with possibility of dialogue

I'd like to give students a platform to anonymously provide feedback on my course/teaching, but I'd like the platform to allow me to respond to individual students without revealing their identities. ...
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Assistant professor (tenure track) netherlands [duplicate]

How long, it usually takes to hear back after the campus visit for assistant professor position in Netherlands?
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To whom can I report an instructor who is teaching 35+ credit hours across five universities in one semester?

I have a prof who is teaching between five universities, full-time at one and adjunct at the others. This semester alone they're teaching over 35 credit hours, which is double a regular full-time ...
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Should I give a brutally honest feedback on course evaluations?

We are towards the end of a graduate level course of about 20 students, and its time for course evaluation. The instructor is fairly new (just graduated from Ph.D a year ago) and is not a native ...
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Baffled by online professor's response to my weekly reflections journal [closed]

I'm attending university 100% online. I have the same professor for three classes, which are all structured the same way. Every week there is assigned reading, videos, and a discussion board post with ...
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Proofreading Struggles and Research Proposal Feedback

First off: I really like my supervisor. I’ve worked well with her, I’m on her research team for her own research and I really appreciate her and look up to her. Long story short. Continuous feedback ...
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I have already used up all my hours with my supervisor, but I need feedback. Do I have the right to ask for more hours?

I am doing my dissertation for the second time now, as I failed the first time. I have sadly used up all my hours with my supervisor and will not get any feedback. So there are no meetings anymore and ...
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What should I do if a paper's theoretical justification isn't right, but the method based on that justification works?

This is a problem that comes up every now and then when I am asked to review a paper. In my old field of research (robotics), papers straddled the line between creative problem solving and ...
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Meaning of rejection feedback from the Annals of Mathematics

I have sent my paper to the Annals of Mathematics. They emailed me: The expert consulted has determined that the paper is not suitable for the Annals. The nature of the reporting was such that there ...
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How does a former student respectfully submit suggestions on how to teach a class better to a professor after graduating?

How does a former student respectfully submit course suggestions about how a professor should teach and examine students after graduating? I always think class-feedback given by students who just took ...
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Unresponsive coauthor

I have a paper accepted at a conference, written together with a colleague (X) and my supervisor. X and I are both postdoc and first authors: writing was done together, but experiments were split ...
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How to communicate students' feedback about a professor as a TA

I'm a TA. Recently a few students (good students) approached me, because they are having a hard time retaining the information from the main professor's lectures. (They think he is putting too much ...
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Does positive feedback during a tenure track campus interview mean an offer? [closed]

I had my first on-campus interview 10 days ago at an R1 university, which is not an ivy but a dream job in my field. I was supposed to give a colloquium and present a research talk about my future ...
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Can a peer review be too positive?

I have recently been invited to peer review an article for the first time. I must admit I went into the process expecting to find at least a number of faults with the manuscript and the idea that I ...
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Is it unethical for a supervisor to delay feedback on papers?

We are in a moderate sized group (approx. 10 PhD and 4 postdocs) with a single professor as everyone's supervisor, who is well respected in our field. In our field it is normal that the supervisor is ...
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Should I acknowledge my parents for their copy editing?

My parents are professional copy editors. On occasion, I will send them a manuscript to read for spelling, grammatical, and stylistic suggestions. It occurs to me that, whereas I would always ...
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Is there a polite way to help students improve their English, or should I not try?

I am a foreigner that learnt English as his third language. And I make mistakes all the time as a result. In general I like it when people correct me because I get to improve my English, which is ...
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How to respond to senior academics after a public 'punching down' session

I commenced a Postdoc 1-2 months ago and recently presented my proposed experiments at a group meeting that was broader than my immediate team. After the short presentation I was met with a barrage of ...
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How best to phrase short feedback to students?

I'm a CS professor who regularly gives feedback on 1st-semester student programming assignments around code styling issues (i.e., grammar, punctuation, spacing, etc.; following the format of our ...
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First-time teaching PhD students make course assignment way too demanding for a new lecture

I'm attending a graduate lecture at a university in Europe. Two lecturers, both PhD students, are giving their first lecture. One of the PhD students is senior and another just recently enrolled in ...
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How to give feedback to students after bad grades

I realize that I have some difficulty giving feedback to students when they have expected to have a good grade and/or they have invested a lot of time. My impression is that there is a trade-off ...
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Reviews, feedback and comments from collaborators/supervisors when writing in RMarkdown

Posting here rather than on StackOverflow as the question is not code-related. I have been wanting to make the switch to RMarkdown for academic writing (as opposed to Word) for a while now, but there ...
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Professor using student paper as an example of what not to do in class?

So a professor used a grad student's paper (anonymously) as an example of what not to do or what she doesn't want to see in the papers. The student was blindsided as the student wasn't notified that ...
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How to get feedback on a paper most effectively

Suppose that a PhD student is writing a paper by themself. A person who is an expert in the area offers to read the paper and give feedback. The expert explicitly mentions he is fine with getting ...
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How to reply to students' emails that show anger about their mark?

I always find myself in a difficult situation on the rage of students who are upset about their marks they just received. I feel it is kind of difficult to reply to students' emails that sound very ...
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What to do when my requests for feedback are denied? [closed]

As a medical resident, feedback is crucial for personal development. In my experience, the attending is often too busy to provide feedback on a patient interaction, even when I explicitly ask for it. ...
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To what extent can advisors edit our writing?

When advisors edit our thesis work, what kind of changes can they make? Is there a limit to what they can do? There's proofreading and also editing for style and clarity. Is asking students to ...
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Can I get feedback on my dissertation from my lecturer before handing it in? [closed]

I'll be honest here I'm terrified by the idea of my final major project. I was wondering if it's acceptable or common practice to get feedback from my supervisor (lecturer) on my dissertation prior to ...
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How to deal with student's feedback about tutor

I'm a professor's assistant and design the exercises for his class. Each week the students are assigned some homework, which will be corrected by a tutor. I got an email from a student, who "...
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How to get feedback on unfinished research papers if I don't have any direct contact with people qualified in my field?

I have a question which can seem a bit unusual. How can I get feedback on unpublished scientific articles if I have no direct connection with anyone qualified in my field? The fact is that now I am ...
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PhD advisor does not correct my writing: how can I get feedback?

My PhD advisor did not provide any kind of feedback or correction on my writing for the manuscript we recently submitted. My writing is good for a PhD student but for sure far from perfect. Yet the ...
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Transparency about candidates selection for a post-doc position

I recently applied to some post-doc positions at well-ranked universities whose number of candidates is usually not so large (ca. 15, at most 50). Usually, the recruitment process consists of a formal ...
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Is it acceptable to ask the editor for feedback about a review I wrote?

I am a graduate student. I recently completed the review of a submission and its subsequent revision for a journal in my field, in the peer review process. My comments were taken into account by the ...
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What statistics should I disclose when giving grades to students?

When giving grades to students, I often find it interesting to disclose some information about the grades distribution. I imagine that it helps to know where one is situated in comparison to others. ...
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Should I ask my advisor to please pretend that he is happy with me until the end of my contract?

I am a post-doc in the UK. Today, In online lab meeting, my boss said that the name of my two postdocs are in two different grants and our technician is in both but he did not take me into account as ...
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How do you interpret the feedbacks of my boss [closed]

I have a PhD in biological sciences but working (for two years by now) as a data analyst (I can say something like a bioinformatician) in a university analysing cancer omics My boss says that I am an ...
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How to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
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Dealing with inconsistent feedback on your dissertation

I'd appreciate advice on how to navigate the final stages of the dissertation with an inconsistent advisor. I've been struggling with my advisor for years, but there is no one else to advise a ...
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How to proceed when one peer reviewer gives a much lower score than the others but provides no negative feedback?

I have received peer reviews for an academic proposal for a project. Three reviewers (A,B and C) submitted sets of observations and scores for three criteria/sections of the evaluation. Reviewers A ...
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Asking my supervisor to be frank and give feedback [closed]

I am doing my PhD in the Britain and I've got a lovely supervisor which is like a friend for me. I want to ask her to give me direct feedback and tell me directly if I am doing bullshit or about any ...
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PhD supervisor will not read draft

I just wanted to get some input from the community about an issue I have run into with my main PhD supervisor. I started my PhD about two years ago (hard science field), and about six months ago I ...
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The professor for one of my classes has no direction

I'm in my final semester of a Computer Science degree at University and we have general education requirements. I'm in a Public Speaking course with an interesting professor, lets call him professor ...
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Is it safe for a student to give negative feedback in student evaluations? [closed]

It's common for students to be asked for their evaluations of a teacher/course at the end of the semester. Is it safe for the student to give negative feedback? After all, even if the lecturer will ...
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