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Shall I give a template to the rec-letter writer?

Many professors, specifically in China, wants students to provide at least a template (half-written letter). In US, is it similar? I've read an article from Harvard Business Review website saying that ...
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Instructor is being offensive and unprofessional [on hold]

I am a second-year student at business school and my Physical Education (PE) instructor is offensive and unprofessional towards me (and others). Context. There are only two females in my PE class, ...
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Professor didn't acknowledge a late hand-in by email. Is it appropriate to follow up?

I missed a class where I was supposed to hand in an assignment. I arrived at my school at the end of the class, and the teacher had already left, so I sent them immediately by email. It has been a ...
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What exactly happens when a department head is contacted about a specific instructor in a specific course?

Related, but not what I'm getting at In one of my courses at a University, I overheard some of my classmates talking before a very difficult test (we knew it was going to be hard beforehand based ...
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How to publish in genetics without access to funding or a lab?

I am currently working in quite new university as lecturer for applied medical science undergrad in genetics subjects. I am facing some issues: The university requires every lecturer do some ...
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Contacting a Professor for a PhD in the US (Engineering)

I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US. A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc....
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When do I start contacting professors for PhD?

Although I have seen a lot of questions similar to this, my situation is substantially different. I want to pursue a Ph.D. but since the deadlines are soon approaching for this academic year (most of ...
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What is the real benefit of tenured positions for universities?

People are interested in tenured positions to have a secured job, as they do not need to worry about their contracts. Tenured position gives a professor security that s/he cannot get fired easily (e.g....
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How do I get a professor at a different institution to read my essay draft?

I would like to send a draft of mine to a specific professor. I would be very interested in his comments, however, I am not a student at the moment, so I am not at his institution nor at any other. ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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Do professors discuss about grad students (not necessarily their students)?

Do professors discuss about their PhD students or other PhD students and their performance or likelihood of being successful? Grad student community is much smaller than undergraduate community and ...
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E-Mailing a Professor about interest in his research group during application for a master and before admission(in Germany)

I hold a Bachelor in physics and I am applying for a master program in Germany. There is a research group by a professor, with topics very close to what I'd like to study and furthermore work on. On ...
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Chance of applying as a prospective PhD student in semesters [closed]

Is it usual that the chance for a PhD student that aims to apply for the second semester of the educational year (i.e. spring semester) and sends his/her application for professors may be lesser than ...
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Why would professors pay to publish in a good journal?

The journal that I think of specifically is Physical Review Letters. I've heard that professors pay pretty high amounts to get published in this journal, which is considered a good, if not top-tier, ...
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How long does it take from the application for a professorship to the invitation to a lecture?

On average, how long does it take from applying for a professorship to being invited to a lecture, provided that one is actually invited? I am referring to an application for W2/W3 professorships in ...
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Class Appears to Lack Support - Does the issue lie with me?

A quick qualification: I usually associate failures in a class with it being my fault, like a lack of studying and such. Background: I am on the last few courses of my degree. I work full time and ...
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Is it bizarre that a professor asks every student for a 3 inch by 5 inch photograph? [closed]

The professor asks this of every student. It's 2 points on an introductory assignment worth 10. Does anyone think this is bizarre? I'm against it to the point that I think it should not be allowed by ...
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What kind of career path might be possible for a professor following a plagiarism scandal?

Prior to transferring to another university, I attended a college in a different state with a renown reputation for integrity and academic rigor. The year before I left, I enrolled in a course that ...
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How to effectively ask a professor for supervision/collaboration (PhD Program) [duplicate]

Probably the first step towards applying for a PhD program is to find a professor who has enough interest/resource(s)/willing for the supervision. I know some of the rules (including attaching CV and ...
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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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Professor answers a question wrong, how significant? [closed]

I have a university professor in an operating systems class who point blank told me in writing that in the linux operating system, kernel race conditions cant/dont happen. After pressing him he ...
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Would the professor leave the classroom if only 1 student uses their cellphone during class? [closed]

I’m a college student. My class has only 40 students. My professor left the classroom before class ended because, like he said, too many students were using phones while he was talking. It was not ...
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Choosing the best fit sentence to mail prospective PhD supervisor

I am applying for a PhD scholarship which was posted on the university website and for that, I am writing mail to the professor. I have written about my background, academics, interests and experience....
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What questions to ask a famous mathematician [closed]

A famous professor mathematician is coming to my city next week and will be doing a lecture with a Q&A session afterwords. I’d like to ask a couple of questions afterwords but I’ve no idea what to ...
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Should I just move on if a professor doesn't answer my emails requesting a letter of recommendation?

I've asked a professor who I did research with over the summer to write me a letter a recommendation for graduate programs, but he hasn't responded for over a week. I've resent him an email and have ...
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How should I tell a professor the answer to something he doesn't know?

Last year, I asked my physics professor a question that he did not know the answer to. This year, while doing a research paper, I also figured out the answer to the question I asked him. I want to ...
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How do academics change their area of research in the middle of their academic career?

Often, I have come across profiles of tenured faculty members who are now doing research in completely different topics than what they had done in their PhD, postdoc or in the beginning of their ...
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What is relationship between post-doc experience and number of publications on Salary/appointment levels in New Zealand universities?

This question is related to What is the average salary of assistant professor in New Zealand? and Are salaries for academic jobs in New Zealand negotiable? Is the relation between number of years of ...
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Examples of top academics who weren't prodigies [closed]

I'm looking for examples of people who are at the very top of their fields who weren't child prodigies, and followed quite a "normal" path in life (high school > college > grad school) before finding ...
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Asking Professor for teaching assistantship

I am an undergraduate student and have taken a course which interests me a lot details won't matter I guess). The course is split into lectures and lab sessions. The lab prof had a graduate student ...
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Sending mail to the Professor for PhD, after seeing his tweet

A professor tweeted that he has a PhD position in his lab. I am trying to write a mail regarding that. How should I express that where did I find the advertisement? Is it right to start mail like ...
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I want to remove an article in IEEE, accepted but not published yet

Now I am facing a very serious problem that I have to remove an article which is accepted by IEEE but will be published till the end of 2019. Due to some conflicts of interests(we finished this ...
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Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair?

Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair? Are chairs only the correct term when the professorship has been endowed? (I don't think so, because endowed professorships are rare in the UK, but ...
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Can I include my published paper in the mail?

I have written a professor from the USA about a Ph.D. position with my CV. He replied saying its excellent and I should apply in the next fall. Now I have some queries which I will ask him in my next ...
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What is the average salary of assistant professor in New Zealand?

What is the rough salary one should expect from a research university in New Zealand, say in mathematics or sciences areas, at the beginning assistant professor (called Lecturer in NZ) level professor?...
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Number of months a year that faculty get paid in UK and Australia?

I've heard that faculty usually gets paid for 9 months in the US and you need to use your own funding to pay for the missing 3 months. Is this situation different in the UK and Australia?
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Which is more important in academic promotion: getting funding, or its secondary effects? [closed]

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Take two equally talented researchers, Alice & Bob. Alice has acquired a large ...
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Can one compensate for poor funding performance elsewhere in determining academic promotion?

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Take two equally talented researchers, Alice & Bob. To what extent will it matter ...
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Does the source of funding matter in determining academic promotion?

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Based on this answer, one needs to get funding to be promoted. Does the source of the ...
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How to address a professor in letter?

When writing letter to an academic professor (not necessarily from student to professor), what is the appropriate way to address his/her title? I have seen in letters using Dear Prof. X even when ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave?

Sabbatical leave is very common as it is nice to spend a year as a visiting professor in another university and experience a new environment. It is very beneficial for the host university to have ...
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About approval of grant of potential mentor

About three months ago I sent an email to ask a professor about postdoc position under her supervision. Her feedback on my cv was positive and she told me that she intend to apply for grant this year ...
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How many papers per week does a professor typically read?

I'm curious as to how many papers one would need to read per week, in order to keep up with the latest research in a particular field. For example, how many papers on average would a typical tenured ...
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What does it take to be a researcher/professor at a top, top university?

I'm just an undergrad, so I'm not really asking this question for myself. This comes more from general curiosity. I know/know of several people who did PhDs from top universities (e.g. Princeton, MIT, ...
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How do I write about suggested reading by my professor

I had a casual meeting with my professor and he recently learned about a topic and he asked me to look at that topic as well. This topic is not my research topic and it is just a further reading. I ...
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How many professors are there in technical fields with no degree whatsoever?

Peter Beck has recently been appointed an Adjunct Professor in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Auckland. As you know, Peter Beck is the founder of Rocket Lab, which has put payloads into ...
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How to approach Professors from other institutes (without potentially offending the ones at mine)

tl;dr - I want to rely on Tutors from other institutes without offending the ones at mine (for not turning to them instead) I'm studying Undergrad Medicine in South Asia. The curriculum is pretty ...
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Is it unethical for a professor to demand students buy their book then force autographing it before they can submit any work for the semester?

I realize that it is really not unethical or illegal for a university professor to assign their own book that they have published as the textbook for a class. However, is it unethical for a professor ...
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Do professors care about their rating on websites such as RateMyProfessor or Koofers?

I am wondering if a professor is already an Associate Professor, do they still care about their reputation in the eyes of the department considering tenureship is already granted?
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Discussing work with supervisor in an invited dinner with his family

I am a grad student. I have been away for an internship in another city. My professor came to meet me at the weekend and he invited me to dinner. I did not have any time to prepare and I did not bring ...