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At what age do professors stop taking new students?

Assuming STEM, At what age do tenured professors stop taking new students? I am a first year PhD student and have my eye on one professor who seems to be really interesting and I feel he finds me as ...
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A professor of mine pronounces an author's name incorrectly, what should I do?

My literature professor pronounces the name of a very famous novelist incorrectly (I've searched quite a bit and I'm sure of it). I'll have an oral examination soon, and I'm not entirely sure whether ...
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Whether to use Dr or Prof when addressing oneself in an email?

I feel awkward addressing myself as Dr. X or Prof X. I know that this is common practice (e.g. in emails, letters, etc..). In emails, I prefer to just use my initials or first name. Is this a common ...
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How should an educational institute woo good faculty?

What steps must an educational institution wanting to recruit good faculty take? There is a cycle in the academia: Good doctorates from top universities invariably join other top universities as ...
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Can I lose my job over writing a negative comment on (anonymous) faculty evaluation of institution?

I'm faculty and I work at a place that does faculty evaluations of our institution. I wrote a pretty harsh, but true comment on the back. While it's supposed to be anonymous, I'm still afraid it could ...
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Is it possible to acquire a letter of recommendation without meeting face to face?

Of course it is not a good idea, preferably one would meet up with the professor to make the agreement. In my case, I've talked to the prof for a year, and then went off work for a year, now I need a ...
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Gift to a supportive professor?

As you might have seen from my history I had a very bad advisor who deliberately underpaid me, stole my research work and undermined my career at multiple phases. Now I am done with my university and ...
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What sources of funding do faculty in Computer Science dept. in US universities have other than NSF?

I made the question a bit more specific (location:US, discipline: CS) as I'm interested in answers pertaining to those details, but I can make it completely generic if the community so suggests... By ...
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US statute of Higher Education System

I'm taking for granted several fact about higher-education system in the US, such as: Professors can move freely between universities, even ones outside US. They are in this regard like professional ...
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In which countries must college professors be cleared to work with minors?

I knew some college students in the U.S. who were <18 years old. In which countries must college professors be cleared (background-checked, certified, fingerprinted, etc., like U.S. K-12 teachers) ...
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Write to professor or secretary?

I would like to contact a Professor to ask if he might be interested in my research project. I can find his email contact and also the contact of his secretary from his personal website. I would like ...
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Does Canada have similar tenure-track system as the USA?

Does Canada have similar tenure-track system as the USA? Does it have around 6 years in a tenure-track position before getting tenure?
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Is that a good idea to send an errata list to a professor whose class I'm currently enrolled in?

There is a professor at our school whose textbook I was using in class A (not taught by the professor). I've studied the textbook from cover to cover and have spotted about twenty typos (many of which ...
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What is the weight on the applicant's personality for tenure?

Assume that someone is an excellent researcher (many awards and at least 7-8 publications a year) and a very good teacher but he is not "liked" by some of the tenured faculty in the department (due to ...
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How can I fix or do after I made many big mistakes with my professor?

I am a new student in a college, the other company in my class is so quiet! (very rare questions and answers), and I am not very good at English (my professor is English). I said negative comments ...
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Would it be acceptable to report a professor for poor teaching / attitude in a Masters graduate course?

I would like some advice about a specific professor in my program of study. I seriously feel that this professor has a problem teaching graduate students. On more than one instance, class was let out ...
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How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab?

What are the guidelines that I should follow when contacting a foreign University professor to ask for joining their lab? I need to find a professor for my already accepted semester abroad as an ...
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Is it impolite to ask a professor who was not my master's thesis advisor (but with similar research field) to help me to work on a research topic?

I have finished my master's thesis and graduated from the university in which I used to study for my masters degree. Now I have two or three months free time and I am searching for a PhD position; in ...
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How much time do professors have to do research on their own?

As part of their job, professors have to take care of getting funding, prepare classes, advise students, fulfill administrative tasks and attend to various meetings/conferences. How much time do ...
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Is it usual to use endowed chairs to support deans' administrative duties, rather than faculty's academic work?

Our law school has (soon to be had) an endowed professorship that was awarded (on a 5-year rotating basis) to a faculty member with an outstanding record of research and scholarship, consistent with ...
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Why would a senior PI need to take a part-time job at another university?

A senior professor works at one university, has his own lab and research group(s). Recently, he took another part-time job at a better university. So why do professors need to take part-time jobs? Is ...
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What stops an assistant/associate professor with a strong publication record from being promoted?

As far as I experienced, research is the most important factor for promotion, as it represents different features of an academician/scholar, which are needed by higher education institutions: teaching ...
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Apply for assistant/associate professor at same institution as postdoc?

This was a conversation I was having with a colleague earlier today. He was offered a postdoctoral position and doesn't want to move after that. It's a very highly regarded university so it's ...
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What should a tenured professor do to move to a more research oriented school?

Much is written about how to get a job, but I've seen very little about how a professor with tenure (typically an associate or full professor) goes about changing schools. If a professor wants to ...
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If a professor is not offering funding to a PhD applicant, does it mean that he doesn't really want to be his advisor?

In some countries, it is required for students to contact a professor and find an advisor before they start their application for that university. I have heard from some of my friends who are studying ...
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How does a faculty member get to work at two universities or more?

This question is a follow-up on a comment at a recent question, where Dave Clarke mentioned that an acquaintance of his has "3 professorships and 2 doctorates". How does a faculty member get ...
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Who determines whether or not a professor receives tenure?

Does the department determine it, or does the president determine tenure after the department recommends it? Or does the process go through both ways? And how does this vary from institution to ...
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What is the process for PhD applications and contacting professors in France?

I would like to apply to a PhD program in France, but I am having trouble understanding the admission process. How should/could I submit my application? Is it proper to contact the Professor I would ...
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Should one apply for tenure track positions below current rank?

Should a full professor apply for an associate professor position if it's the only way s/he might be able to continue his or her career? The situation in question involves a person recently promoted ...
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Are faculty applicants hired at a level based on their current position?

When a university appoints a faculty applicant, the rank is based on his/her current position or the university will judge about the academic rank independently? I understand that each university has ...
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After my PhD how much salary should I expect as a professor of computer science?

It's easy for me to find out salaries for tech-jobs but it seems Professor salaries are quite hush-hush. I really love to teach and would be more than willing to join academia. However, I may choose ...
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Hiring academics for very large industrial consulting projects - how to find an arrangement without full-time employees?

As described in Hiring a faculty consultant, we need to hire a faculty consultant. The initial stages are perhaps only 100 hours, but subsequent stages may blossom to ten times that. Will good ...
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Hiring a faculty consultant

We need to hire a computer scientist with a very particular specialty as a consultant for a long term industrial research project. We've read the relevant papers and so know who does good work in it. ...
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How long should it take a potential PhD supervisor to evaluate proposal?

I've contacted a potential PhD supervisor last month and gave him my PhD proposal. about a week after that I've got a response from the professor, acknowledging the receipt of my proposal and saying ...
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How many minutes per day do most professors spend reading and replying to emails?

I know that the time greatly varies from professor to professor, but what are some good 25th percentile to 75th percentile estimates? And does the time spent reading/replying to emails generally ...
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Who hires a visiting professor?

When a professor stays in another university as a visiting professor during his sabbatical leave, his salary is partially paid by his home university. Then, he is not a regular employee of host ...
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Advice wanted concerning students who have had run ins with the law.

I am a first year grad student with an expunged felony in the state of Arkansas. I am looking for advice on if and how I should communicate this with my adviser. The felony is due to a drug crime and ...
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Emailing professor too early has any impact?

I was just wondering when should we start contacting professor of grad school for admission. Does contacting professor too early cause any impact? like, professor gets irritated and never reply back ...
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How to document teaching experiences?

When applying for a senior academic position, teaching experiences play a critical role in the application. We list the corses we used to teach but when assuming the position, we need to deliver some ...
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Ill Recommender Gave Me Letter To Submit

I'll be on the job market this year for teaching positions at very small schools or lecturer positions at large schools. I took a class about two years ago now that was focused on teaching pedagogy. ...
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How difficult is it to get an academic position in applied mathematics when your PhD is in electrical engineering?

How difficult is it to get an assistant professor position in a department (e.g., applied math) while you have a PhD degree from another area (e.g., electrical engineering)? Particularly, when you ...
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How do “lecturers” differ from “professors” in large universities?

I notice that some universities have academic positions known as lecturers. Are these positions different from professors? Are transitions from instructors to the professor track relatively easy. This ...
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Can one professor hold more than one endowed chair?

Are there examples of one person holding more than one endowed chair at the same university?
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What to do if I can't find references about a listed project of my potential supervisor

I am currently preparing for my graduate school application. There is one professor whose research interest in general matches mine. He has listed several potential research projects for prospective ...
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Is it okay to ask a professor if he is going to attend a certain conference

I am planning to attend a prestigious conference in the near future, and I was wondering if a certain professor who I wish to meet and I would love to do my phd degree and research under his ...
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What do the Dutch academic titles “prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir.” mean?

Some Dutch academics - I think probably full professors with chairs - have a rather confusing string of abbreviated titles. One example is prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir. M.J. Plasmeijer, but many other examples ...
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Undergraduate in Computer science and now graduate in Bioinformatics

I am a computer engineering undergrad (from Asia) and now trying to pursue my graduate studies in bioinformatics (in US). I have quite a strong programming skills and now more than one year of ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of a professor being interdisciplinary when they seek tenure?

Possible benefits: More grant money through other departments Possible drawbacks: A significant fraction of their research might not be seen as research that benefits the department's standing in the ...
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What is the difference between academic and administrative department heads?

In a comment, it was quoted that some universities have administrative or academic department head. I sensed this difference before (but do not remember specifically), but I always thought that the ...
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How should you address academic colleagues in the United States? Is the “Prof” title necessary? [duplicate]

I've recently been hired as an assistant professor and will be starting this fall. As I'm beginning to be included on departmental e-mail and in certain decisions, I'm starting to interact (at least ...