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How to balance application for a faculty position between exceptional and ordinary?

Following the opposite factors described in answers to the question What makes securing faculty positions difficult?, I came to conclusion that an application for an academic position should be ...
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Disabilities in the Classroom

Are there any special provisions provided for students who have schizophrenia (for example)? Is there an "adjustment" to grading? Or perhaps there is no adjustment to the grading process per se, but ...
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What lessons have you learned over the years as a TENURED FULL Professor that you wish somebody had told you when you started as an Assistant Prof?

As a Tenured Full Professor and given your long experience in Academia, what valuable lessons have you learned over the years that you wish somebody had shared with you earlier when you started as an ...
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Special professor titles?

I have noticed several special professor titles and I was wondering what are the exact details behind them. For example: Stan Franklin, W. Harry Feinstone Interdisciplinary Research Professor I am ...
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How important is the academic staff to student ratio?

I've been looking at some universities abroad (I'm from Norway) like in Hong Kong (HKUST), but the academic staff to student ratio seems dreadful compared to others with 1:23. Still, people seem to ...
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Life as a math professor

I am currently an undergraduate math major in my 3rd year (in America). I have taken lots of pure math courses, and anything I put in my resume tells potential employers I'm probably going to be an ...
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How many years of industrial experience needed for a Mechatronics Professor?

I have a Bachelor's in EE and Master's in Automation and 3 years experience, including 2 in software development. For me, an academic career would be both more meaningful and professionally rewarding ...
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How to encourage faculty involvement as judges in a local research exposé?

Our university has a an annual event showcasing graduate student research projects and has a competition for best presentation. However, faculty involvement (as judges for the event) was very sparse ...
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Number of potential PhD advisors at a school

Past advice suggests that potential PhD students should be wary of attending schools with only one professor in their subfield. If you have problems with your advisor and want to switch, having that ...
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What are the roles and responsibilities of an adjunct faculty?

Is adjunct faculty's duty limited to teaching? Do they have any role in course design, grading, etc.? What are the other responsibilities, as an adjunct faculty?
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Till what point do you do exercises while studying?

I will try to make this as less subjective: Till what point do you continue doing exercises at end of the chapter to learn something: I do it in Grad school and that's where I really learn. Do ...
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How to interview a faculty candidate?

When interviewing a faculty candidate, how should I structure the interview? What questions should I ask? How should I make the best use of the limited time available? Assume this is for a full-...
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What is a “full-time teaching faculty” (and does advising count)?

Ed Tufte offers a discount to his seminars for "full-time teaching faculty" (as well as full-time students). Does "full-time teaching" exclude full-time faculty who spend part time doing research? ...
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How to interview a candidate for a university teaching position?

We are interviewing some candidates for a part-time teaching faculty position to teach 2 upper level undergraduate courses in mathematics. Since it is my first time to be in such committee and since ...
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Coordination of a class taught by different professors: how to be fair to the students?

A typical freshman course on calculus has about 100 students every semester. If the course is divided into 4 sections, each has 25 students and a different instructor. Because the instructors are ...
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How does shifting of jobs affect designation and tenure in academia?

I would like to know how job transfer of faculty members affects their designation. Will they retain their designation (Prof/Assoc/Asst.) in the new institution? Similarly if a faculty member faces ...
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How common is faculty members changing jobs in the US?

Faculty members switch between universities for many reasons, but how often does this happen? Has there been any study/report on the frequency of job shifts and resignations in academia, especially in ...
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Tips for faculty members seeking administrative responsibilities

How does a faculty member seek administrative responsibilities in a Department? Do such positions come in a cycle only? Or should the faculty member make his/her willingness known in advance to the ...
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What makes securing faculty positions difficult?

This question is an off-shoot from this one, where it has been agreed by most that securing faculty positions is difficult in general. I would like to know what exactly makes this so. Though in ...
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What are the tradeoffs involved in taking a postdoc at a top university versus an assistant professorship at a non-top university?

When it comes to getting a tenure-track position where one has both a lot of resources and academic freedom to do what one wants to do (so having a tenure-track position in a top university might be ...
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Is work experience necessary for tenure-track positions?

In India, a minimum of 3 years of work experience is necessary to be appointed as an assistant professor in any of the IITs. (Years during the PhD or master's are not counted, but any year spent ...
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How do professors usually discover “new” research interests?

Usually, a person starts out with a single primary research interest as a PhD student (closely related to that of their adviser). But then as they move on through the assistant professor stage, they ...
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What are the trade-offs of working in the office versus elsewhere (as a professor)?

I find that when I'm working on research in the office, at least with the door open, I often get interrupted and am generally less productive. On the other hand, I often have students ask to meet ...
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Could faculty members earn a degree while being employed?

Is it possible for faculty members to enrol themselves for a degree while being employed? I have seen professors attending classes occasionally, but how about earning a full degree? I guess this may ...
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Professors and Liberal Arts Colleges

In general, do professors work at liberal arts colleges because they do not want to have to face the pressure of writing a lot of research papers? Instead they want their evaluations to be skewed ...
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Suggestions for high school student who is visiting a professor for HS research?

So this is what she sent me: i emailed a caltech neurobio prof, dr. X, and he emailed me back and wants to meet me, im visiting him on june 16...i went through this sort of thing with ucla and ...
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Interview strategies for faculty positions - to focus on their research or your own?

What's the best approach for talking to faculty that are in distant/unrelated areas during a campus visit for a faculty position? Is it preferable to show that you are interested in their research ...
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How can I create a sense of community in a research group?

I am beginning to develop research projects that will incorporate undergraduate researchers. I have observed that some faculty manage to create a strong lab culture, where the students that work with ...
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Email etiquette for requesting a meeting with a professor who one won't do research with or take a class from?

What is the proper etiquette for requesting a meeting with a professor who you don't do research with or take a course from? Say, the professor is doing something you're interested in, and you just ...
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How do universities deal with loss in productivity post tenure?

A tenure from a good university is generally considered to be the pinnacle of academic achievements. It is packed with so many benefits that it is easy to lose direction in one's research career post ...
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What is the usual role of a faculty senate? Does it typically have any real power, or is it a rubber-stamp for the administrators?

Although the presence of a senate suggests that universities nominally are governed somewhat by their faculty, it is frequently stated that there has been a trend towards greater managerialism, which ...
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How important is mathematics in engineering research?

In EE/EC/CS departments, there are certain fields that are theory-based (like the algo or complexity groups), ones that lean towards systems implementation (OS, programming languages, etc) and others ...
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Planning to do PHD, Masters Thesis important? (USA)

I am a master's student in computer science. I have completed my coursework and will be graduating soon, with a project. I am planning to do a PhD in the future: is a master's thesis an important ...
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What percent of assistant professors generally receive tenure, and how does this percent vary depending on both school and field?

Are new assistant professors more likely to receive tenure in an expanding field, like biology? And are they less likely (percentage-wise) to receive tenure at elite schools?
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Does a informative and clear professor webpage often increase the number of prospective PhD students who apply to work for the professor?

Here is what I would call a particularly informative and clear professor webpage. Of course, it's not the most important thing (for me, personally, I mostly discovered professors through asking ...
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How are the personal assistants for professors usually funded?

As examples, the lab executive assistant at http://www.klab.caltech.edu/people.shtml or the lab administrative assistant over at http://www.gps.caltech.edu/~tapio/people.html#admins