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What if a faculty member is not successful in obtaining the summer salary from a funding agency?

I am a postdoc in Physics areas and trying to get myself ready for applying for tenure track positions. However, the US academic salary system seems still mysterious to me. In several salary surveys, ...
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Thanking professor with dinner delivery [duplicate]

There is a professor who has made several reference letters for me, and I would like to thank him. However, I have some doubts as to whether it would at all be appropriate to thank him with dinner ...
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How do I talk to my professor about my anxiety/depression?

I am 22 years old and I have recently began my first year of grad school. It is very overwhelming. Everyone seems to have more developed thoughts than I do, and all my classmates are 2nd or 3rd year ...
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Do STEM professors retire from research at age 65, while continuing to teach classes?

I see many STEM professors work well into their 70s, 80s, and sometimes even into their early 90s - mostly in teaching, but their research careers were outstanding. One of them that I spoke with told ...
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Advice for getting professor to submit letter of recommendation

I'm applying to four master's programs. My former professor submitted his letter to the first two schools last month. But he has not submitted to the other two schools. One of them is rolling ...
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Why would a professor (say in pure math) want to take PhD students?

Why would a professor doing pure math/ theoretical computer science want to take PhD students? I understand that in computational and experimental sciences taking students is at least beneficial to ...
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Is generic “thank you” email a waste of time in academia?

A very busy professor just responded my email. He answered my questions, and in the end, he explicitly said something like "Please let me know if you have any questions" or "Please respond if you have ...
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Why and how do professors go for sabbatical? [duplicate]

I read several questions about sabbatical leaves in this website. When checking a faculty list, it is common that some are on sabbatical leave and some are visiting professors. When emailing ...
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Professor I applied to is about to move – can I ask them to consider my application for the new institution?

I am in the process of applying for graduate programs at various universities. Given the importance of research in some graduate programs, I have been searching for professors/potential mentors when I ...
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My former prof switched university and now I can't ask him in person for a LOR - should I try to see him?

My former prof switched university and now I can't ask him in person for a letter of recommendation - should I try to see him in person? I've read on here that asking him via email might not be the ...
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Online Quiz Times Given Last Minute

I am an Engineering undergraduate student at a Canadian University and have had trouble in a course with regards to time to complete online quizzes. The course syllabus says there are 4 quizzes worth ...
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How do I find out more about former PhD students of potential advisor?

How do I find out more about former PhD students of my potential advisor? Shall I ask him/her himself/herself, or how would you go about this? I do not want to make somebody angry, at the same time I ...
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Tenure Track Positions

What is the difficulty of landing a tenure track professorship at a top 25 program nowadays? I am considering pursuing a PhD in mathematics (thinking applied or computational) and curious on what the ...
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My advisor completely ignores me what should I do?

My advisor became an assistant professor nearly two years ago. I worked with him for one year but did not publish a paper, and he thinks my progress is too slow. He asked if I want him to assign a new ...
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How do I ask a professor whether his seminars & lectures will be available to students from other departments?

I will apply for a PhD soon. I would be applying to the Politics department, but there is a professor in a different department who holds really interesting seminars on political topics. However, as I ...
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After 20+ years of lecturing, 3 masters (2 M.Sc.), at age of 54 years, is it feasible to start and finish a Ph.D., be hired as a Professor? [duplicate]

After 20+ years of (part-time) lecturing, 3 masters (out of which 2 M.Sc.), at age of 54 years, is it feasible to start and finish a Ph.D. and be hired as a Professor?
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Can I remind a professor that I submitted a “good” essay in her class? (LOR request) [duplicate]

I would like to ask my former professor for a reference, I'm not sure how to formulate it and am worried the professor won't remember me. I submitted a good essay in her class though (got an A). Can ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

I'm a student in Michigan, in the United States. I've just started a class for which a previous class was the prerequisite. The professor of my current class asked that I give him my grade for that ...
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Are my chances of getting into a PhD higher if I choose a “not-so-accomplished” supervisor?

Some professors are very accomplished, others are younger and maybe not yet so accomplished (although admittedly this does not need to correlate with age of course). I presume everyone wants to work ...
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I got a way worse grade than my classmates for equal performance. What should I do?

The professor for this course was, according to every one of my classmates (only 7 of us total so I could get all the opinions) a nightmare. To illustrate, in the last week of class, after we present ...
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Contacting multiple potential supervisors at the same department?

I am interested in topic X, and I would like to find a supervisor for that topic. At one particular uni, there are quite a few people interested in my topic, and I need to find out who might be a fit ...
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What do you call a professor that is hired by two different departments?

What do you call the professors that are hired by two different departments? Say, a history professor who is also a chemistry professor. Also, in reality how would one do that?
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Forwarding a student’s question about exam modalities to a professor as a TA?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant. My tasks this semester include writing/putting together a formula sheet containing a lot of formulas and some graphs that the students should not have ...
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Is there a reason a TA and a professor may have to travel together?

I don't work in academia but I'm working on a screenplay set in that world. I was wondering if there might be a reason for a TA and a professor to travel together for work. If the professor were ...
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How do I find a research topic without the guidance of a professor? [duplicate]

I have been out of uni for quite some time now, but I would like to apply for UK (!) PhDs (so not the MA including US-PhDs). I am in the Humanities and I know the general topic within my field which I ...
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Why does a professor cite his own works with unbelievable proportion?

There is a professor X who publishes as many as 20-30 research articles (usually in journals) every year. It is quite obvious that these are the outcomes of his big lab and multiple collaborations. I ...
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How should I respond when monetary contribution to potluck will affect grade?

I am currently taking an Art History course. Today was the first day of class, and my professor informed us that we are required to bring a monetary contribution for a potluck. I wouldn't be opposed ...
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Emailing professor for help with (non class related) project

I am involved in an extracurricular university-affiliated activity for which I want to do an analysis involving computational fluid dynamics (CFD). There is a professor at my university who has much ...
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Is this plagiarism? Can I publish my work

I happen to have worked on a Mathematical topic. The story is complicated. It was not my original idea. My professor had already worked on it for a long time, intermittently. In fact, when we started ...
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Professor refuses letter of recommendation request

The application for TA fellowship, one normally takes recommedations from previous professors one has TAed under. What he replied when I messaged him asking for a letter of recommendation: If you ...
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In what parts of the world, besides the US, do endowed chairs exist?

Browsing academia.SE, I discovered the existence of "endowed chairs" or "named chairs", i.e. professorships named in the honor of someone else and paid for by a donor with a gift to the university. I'...
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What is the meaning of “Samuel C. Collins Professor”?

I would like to know the specific meaning of Samuel C. Collins Professor in the above screenshot. It is a title for MIT faculties or the award with the same name (Samuel C. Collins)? Or something else?...
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How are junior professors evaluated for promotion? [closed]

This is a naive question, coming from someone who has never had an academic job. I'm asking what is involved when a junior professor is promoted. My question is wide, since I don't understand academic ...
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Is It Acceptable to Contact the Professor of a Publicly Uploaded Lecture?

A full graduate level course is publicly uploaded as a series of videos on Youtube. Within the housekeeping section at the beginning of the course, the professor provides an email address as a means ...
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Is it considered plagiarism for a professor to use uncited sources in teaching materials?

I have a professor at my university who uses content from an un-cited textbook that he has never referenced anywhere, including his green sheet (syllabus), as an additional resource. At least some ...
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W2 positions at the universities of applied sciences in Germany

The W2 professorship ads of all universities of applied sciences in Germany have a passage requring (e.g., for Bavaria) darüber hinaus besondere Leistungen bei der Anwendung oder Entwicklung ...
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I asked for a recommendation, then decided I wouldn't, but I've changed my mind again. Will the professor feel annoyed?

I was planning to apply for a Ph.D. program and I asked a Prof to write me a letter of recommendation. The prof already agreed. After that, I didn't feel confident about applying and informed the ...
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Visiting professor's office before being admitted to PhD program?

I have applied to graduate school (EE) and am currently at one of the schools to which I applied to. Is it a bad move if I go to a professor's office and express my interest to work with her, and show ...
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How to thank a potential supervisor's email? [duplicate]

I have recently interviewed by a professor in US after sending him my CV. A few days after the interview he mailed me and told me to do the formal application process and mention him as the professor ...
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I'm about to graduate and enter a 1-year master's program. I don't really know any professors, and I've never done research. How can I get involved?

I'm a senior in CS and will be finishing my undergrad this coming semester at a university with a well-respected CS department. My school has a 1-year extension to our B.S. that gets you a master's, ...
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Is there a difference between writing a recommendation letter for MPhil programs & PhD programs?

What I mean is, are there cases in which a professor might decline writing are letter of recommendation for a PhD program, but would accept writing such a letter for a student applying to a MA or ...
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What education does one need to be called “Professor” in the United States of America?

What education does one need to be called "Professor" in the United States of America? A woman with a law degree in a junior college paralegal program insists on being called professor at a local ...
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Should a professor write a LOR if he does not remember the student but remembers that the essay was excellent?

Should a professor write a Letter of Recommendation if he does not remember the student but does remember that the essay the student submitted was excellent?
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How do I ask a professor at a different department whether I can attend his classes? [duplicate]

There is a professor in Department X. I will be applying to Department Y & Department Z for a MA that really fits my interests. Now, I am wondering whether the professor in Department X will also ...
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Years ago, a professor agreed to write a LOR, but never sent it. Therefore, I'm not accepted in any school. What can I do?

Years ago, a professor agreed to write me a recommendation letter. So I applied to many grad schools indicating him as one of my referees. However, I didn't find out until later that he didn't write ...
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How do I ask to draft recommendation letters for my references?

My references for my graduate program applications include an adjunct professor and an industry professional (both not very academic) and I am not sure if they really have time to invest in writing ...
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Reference on abuse of stimulant medications among professors to enhance academic performance?

Various research articles1 have been published on the prevalence of stimulant medicine (Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin) abuse among undergraduate students. By "abuse of stimulant medicine," I am ...
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Prof. never responded to email about LoR

I am in community college, and I emailed my calc prof a few days ago asking if he could give me a LoR so I can transfer. I'm not close to him on a personal level, but he knows who I am and I have ...
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Professor has multiple email-ids?

The professor I am trying to contact has multiple email-ids listed on the department page. I mailed to one and got no response sice two weeks, then I mailed to the other and still no response since a ...
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how should I be positive about financial support?

I am accepted for the January intake.I am a fully funded student. I received the acceptance letter from university but the university has not sent me any financial support letter. My supervisor just ...