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Responsibilities of instructors to students when teaching controversial subjects

When teaching a course on a topic that might be controversial, what are the responsibilities of instructors to facilitate an open learning environment? If the instructor has a strongly held opinion, ...
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Exam exceptions for student with disabilities

I am registered as a psychologically disabled student with my University, and (for disability reasons) have asked my professor to allow me to take the exam at a date later than the ordinarily ...
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Academic freedom and unpopular or offensive views

Academia values academic freedom. However, there may be some practical limitations on academic freedom. What repercussions might an academic face for voicing unpopular or offensive views in the name ...
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Which recommender should I go for getting a LOR for graduate school admission?

Before I state my query, you should know two things about me: I'm an EE graduate I'm working in field of VLSI for past one year. I'm applying for Masters in VLSI for fall-2014 and I'm in a dilemma ...
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Good responses to “Ivory Tower” accusations?

Recently I have come across a few articles on Google that are really distressing. I typed in "professor real world" and it just mentions how professors have lost touch with the real world, how they ...
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How to highlight the importance of past positions in CV?

When addressing the past positions in a resume, although titles somewhat describes the role, they cannot clarify the importance of positions. For example, listing a past position of department chair ...
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Why is headhunting uncommon for academic positions?

In scientific conferences, there are usually many headhunters who come to offer newly graduated scholars jobs in the industry sector. As a matter of fact, the recruitment in industry mostly works with ...
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Why a certain period of time is needed for promotion of qualified applicants?

The main criteria for academic promotion to associate/full professor includes, research projects, publications, grants, administrative services, and such things. These are achievements that one can ...
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What tools make it easy to maintain (or avoid!) the N versions of your CV?

Academics need various forms of their CV, depending on what purpose it's being used for. In my case, here are reasons I've had to re-format or have a different version of my CV: promotion and tenure, ...
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How do people manage recommendation letters?

A good academic job normally needs excellent recommendation. Due to the rapid growth of higher education, there are too many vacancies (in new or expanding universities) and too many applicants (...
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How to get a research professor position?

Since universities do not normally pay the salary of a research professor, and salary along with research funding comes from external resources, this not a paid position. On the other hand, a few ...
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Self-endowed chair in the US and Europe

Endowed professorship is very common, but the financial endowment normally comes from external sources. Is it also common that a professor/research endow his/her position to establish a research group ...
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Questions about contacting a professor for getting PhD

I have contacted a professor about the availability of a PhD position. And I got the following responses: I would be interested to explore the opportunities for you to come and complete a PhD in ...
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Why does professor prohibit me talking to people?

I'm considering a PhD and asked a professor at my university. I suggested a topic to him that he accepted. I applied and he offered me a position but I didn't accept yet. Later he changed my project'...
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How do professors change research interests?

My question is along the lines of How do professors usually discover "new" research interests? but more to do with "HOW"? The above question deals with how professors discover new areas, my ...
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How is the salary of professors and researchers in medicine?

For university-level researchers and professors, is the salary higher in the medical fields than in other fields? I suppose attracting physicians to teach may be harder, because they can usually get ...
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Differences in opinion when teaching a course jointly with another instructor

I am working as a university lecturer in a local university in my country. I am sharing one course with another lecturer who has been teaching that course for approximately 3 years for now. A problem ...
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Teach in a university with a master degree

I don't know if here is the best place to ask that but I'm finishing my master degree in pure mathematics and I would like to travel and know another countries before enter into a doctorate school. In ...
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Is it ethical for a part-time professor to use his position for other interests?

There is a professor who works part-time at a university as a moderator of one of their student groups. He does not teach any actual classes but spends a hugely considerable amount of time with the ...
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Master's Degree Curriculum and its Effects on Teaching Opportunities

I have been working as a entry-level web developer for approximately a year now. I am looking to go back to school to get a Master's Degree in hopes that I will be able to teach programming/...
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How do I get recommendation letters?

I have had a different set of professors every semester and as batch sizes are pretty big ~80, and with every professor dealing with 3-4 separate batches of equivalent size, for barely 3-4 months at a ...
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What should new faculty focus on when meeting with the university public relations representative?

I am a new faculty member at a medium-sized liberal arts university that focuses on undergraduate education. I have recently been contacted by the university public relations representative and he ...
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How to handle ego clashes within an academic department

I am a new assistant professor in my department. While all faculty members have been welcoming so far to me, I find there are two or three distinct groups or coteries within the department. The ...
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How to invite potential collaborators for personal visit?

No starting point for scientific collaboration is better than face-to-face conversation. Conferences are good places to meet potential collaborator, but another way is to invite them to visit your ...
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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 ...