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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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How to gauge how professional/formal to dress for a tenure track interview [closed]

Departments vary a lot by discipline when it comes to what is acceptable attire for men and women both on a day to day basis and at interviews. Some demand a suit, while this would be ostentatious at ...
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Is there a professional etiquette regarding jackets in academia? [closed]

So, I’m sure we all know about the stereotype of the professor in the tweed jacket. Based on a cursory web search, it looks like the stereotype started because tweed was a relatively cheap but warm ...
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What to wear for invited talk in Canada

I have been invited to give a talk at a university in Canada, with a view to getting a postdoc job there (although there won't be a formal job interview at this stage). I'm female and in biomedical ...
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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 the usual dress code for academic workshops? [duplicate]

I'm attending my first academic/industry workshop next week and was wondering what is the convention with regards to the dress code. It's a three-day affair where each participant is required to ...
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Academia's view on body modification

I'm a young undergraduate student currently finishing my next-to-last year as a math bachelor. I plan to apply for a Masters as soon as I finish, and I look forward to a job as an academic researcher. ...
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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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Do I have to wear academic regalia to a student's graduation?

I have been a postdoc and including occasional lecturer for the last several years. A former student just invited me to his graduation. Would someone at my career stage at an American research ...
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What is considered appropriate men's attire for a PhD interview at a Max Planck institute? [closed]

During this winter, will it be alright to wear a shirt-jeans and a jacket for the PhD interview at Max Plack Institute?
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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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Why are academians so easily offended? [closed]

Often here I read questions like "Should professors intervene if a student is wearing offensive clothing in their classroom?" and I don't understand why such things happen so often. While I did my A-...
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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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Appropriate attire for a graduate school interview in the US

I was invited to interview at several graduate schools this upcoming February. All of the programs are in the fields of biochemistry and biophysics. What is appropriate attire for graduate school ...
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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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Wearing a suit for a presentation and meeting with potential postdoc supervisor in Germany

I'm visiting a German university (in one of the big cities) for a couple of days for the purpose of discussing a postdoc for myself. I work in maths. I'm supposed to give a talk on one day for a ...
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Graduation attire - masters hood while receiving an associate degree [closed]

I earned a MS degree a while back. I went back to school for another degree that happens to a "lower" degree...associates of science. Can I wear my Master's hood while getting the AS degree at ...
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Are dressing habits at poster presentations influenced by implicit sexism in STEM disciplines? [closed]

I am currently attending the meeting of the American Chemical Society and was surprised by the way people were dressed for the poster presentations. In particular, many young women (and some young men)...
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Dress code in Japanese academia

I've been invited to a workshop in Japan, and I haven't been to an academic event there before. In my field in the UK, it would be normal to attend an event in "smart casual" wear, eg a polo top or ...
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Is it significantly inappropriate to wear clothes bearing the name of University X, when working as an official employee at University Y?

I have a hoodie with Dalhousie University written on it (where I used to work), but I now work at Nankai University. Question: Is it significantly inappropriate to wear clothes bearing the name of ...
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Is it acceptable to wear the same outfit every day?

I am a male graduate student in natural sciences at a public university. I want to simplify my life a little bit by wearing the same outfit (more or less) every day. (Obviously I would have multiple ...
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Shirtless picture on the academic page of a Ph.D. candidate seeking postdoc

I will finish my Ph.D. soon and am seeking a postdoc position. To this purpose, I am creating my page, hosted by my university. Personally, I don't generally take pictures of myself and don't like to....
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Is it important to dress in formal clothing for a postdoc interview? [duplicate]

Just curious is it crucial? It's one of the reasons I like academia that I don't need to care too much the boring stuff like wearing suits.
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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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Can I teach in the nude? [closed]

In this comment it was suggested that teaching in your underwear is a bad thing. While in general, I think academics are accepting of a wide range of dress (there are people in my department who teach ...
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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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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 ...
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Wearing dressy clothes in the “lab”

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in a theoretical field, so there is only math and programming involved (as opposed to a wet lab). The environment is very casual, everyone just wears jeans and a t-shirt everyday....
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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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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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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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Academic tassel at convocation: left or right for dual undergraduate/post graduate students?

Apologies if the question I ask is not suited for this SE. At convocation, it is usually the culture for undergrads to wear the tassel on right and switch to left after being given the degree. For ...
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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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Cambridge Dress Code

I've got an admission to Cambridge University and have been asked to attend an afternoon tea event at my future college, it is a matriculation event. In contrast to all other invitations there has ...
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Is it necessary to wear a white shirt inside the graduation gown for Masters degree graduation ceremony?

I have my graduation ceremony coming soon. The graduation dress usually consists of the gown, the hood and the mortar board. however the hand sleeves of the gown are a bit short and hence a full shirt ...
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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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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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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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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 can academics and students do to reduce racism in academia?

I am a postdoc at a university in the UK. Before I came here, a friend warned me that racism is common in the UK. True enough, during my first few months here, I have already received a couple of ...
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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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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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Is it okay if a student wears a mask to class to conceal scars?

Like a halloween mask to conceal injuries of a burn?
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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?