Questions tagged [outward-appearance]

On standards and perceptions related to outward appearance (including clothing, weight, race, tattoos, or hairstyle) in academic environments. Use [academic-dress] for ceremonial clothing.

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Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia

Are there expected dressing norms at faculty interviews? Will a casual tee-jeans be discouraged? In the same vein, what is expected when a student visits the campus for an interview?
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Tattoos in the Workplace

I'm an undergraduate mathematics student finishing my degree. I plan to go to grad school, and ultimately aspire to become a professor. I really like tattoos, but I'm hesitant to get one because it ...
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Are search committees biased in terms of a candidate's looks, such as long hair for men?

As a male Ph.D. student in engineering, I have not had a problem with long hair at any of the reviews I've attended with funding agencies, conferences, etc. However, I wonder if search committees will ...
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What do people usually wear to conferences?

I'm going to my first conference in about a month, where I will be presenting a poster. How do people usually dress for conferences? Do I need to dress more smartly than usual? Is formal dress (e.g. ...
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What to do with a student coming to class in revealing clothing, to the degree that it disrupts the teaching environment?

Since semester started, a female student has been attending classes scantily clad or wearing clothes that are too revealing, like a sport bra without shirt on top, booty shorts, semitransparent silk ...
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Female students coming to office hours in overly revealing clothing

[because this is potentially relevant, I'm a 37 y/o male] Being the end of the semester, I've had a bunch of students come to my office hours to ask questions about things I'm responsible for. Among ...
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Should professors intervene if a student is wearing offensive clothing in their classroom?

A question about university dress codes reminded me of an incident that happened when I was an undergrad, in which a classmate came to school wearing a really offensive and misogynistic t-shirt. I ...
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What is the effect of a PhD student dyeing their hair blue?

I'm a male 19 year old Phd student (in a field in the exact sciences), I dyed my hair bright blue. Personally, I think it transmits a great message and is generally cool. Although, I'm not sure how ...
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What to wear on one's shoulders to interviews? (bags, backpacks, etc.)

There has been quite a few questions about how to dress to an academic interview. However, no answer to these questions addresses what one should use to carry their things in. For example, is it ...
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“Dressing down” to impress in academic settings

I came across this highly-upvoted comment on reddit (15,300 karma) by /u/Semi-Hemi-Demigod The CEO of the company I work for said that it's not uncommon for programmers to be asked to dress down ...
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What is considered appropriate women's attire for a PhD interview in Germany?

I have an interview for a PhD position (engineering) at a Central German University. I am not sure what to wear (formal wear for woman). Since certain countries are very particular about what you wear ...
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Does wearing a university t-shirt imply that the wearer is affiliated with the university?

My friend studies at a very prominent university and has invited me to visit her. Coming across the university shop, I was considering buying one of the t-shirts with the university logo. I am ...
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Is there a standard of professionalism in academia requiring me to hide self-harm scars if I'm otherwise comfortable leaving them exposed?

I'm a student intending to stay in academia, and I'm reaching the stage where I've begun to TA classes. If all goes well I'll be teaching courses for the rest of my career, so I want to make sure I'm ...
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If transitioning into academic position, should I buy my PhD graduation cap and gown?

My graduation ceremony is coming up in a few months, and I have the option of buying or renting a graduation cap and gown. I will be starting an assistant professor job this year, so I suspect (but ...
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Should I dress up for conference banquet/gala dinner?

I am thinking about what should I bring to the conference. Normally, will people dress up (like full suit) for the dinner? p.s. I am in CS domain.
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What to wear for a PhD/ MSc thesis defense?

Is it better to wear formal clothes for a PhD or MSc thesis defense or can we wear something as simple as a T-shirt?
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Graduation Robes - What accolades does this guy have?

I am currently at my brother's graduation ceremony at Adelaide University, and in the Professor's/Post-grad seating area, sits a man fully in green. What does this special gown mean? (Apologies for ...
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MS student in CS meeting advisor for the first time in person (USA). What should I wear? (male)

I am meeting him in his office on campus. I am a master's student in computer science. I figured that suit and tie would be too formal as it isn't really an interview since I already have the ...
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Etiquette of wearing the wrong academic robes at graduation as a lecturer in the UK

I have graduated three times from UK universities. First was a bachelors' degree, then a Masters' degree, then a PhD. The graduation robes associated with my PhD graduation are absolutely horrible. I ...