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Being harassed by a department chair

How do you cope when a department chair is all out to cause you problems? Especially when he is doing it for personal reasons that I have no control over (e.g. gender, skin color, nationality, ...
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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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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 to contact professors for PhD vacancies?

I know many master's students who get an opportunity to talk to their potential PhD advisors well before applying. In most cases this opportunity is available by the professors with whom they worked ...
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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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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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How good are entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty members?

How easy is it for faculty members working at a reputable university to become entrepreneurs? If the faculty member sees an opportunity for a great product and wants to set up a small office with a ...
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Business School professors - how different are they?

I recently saw a listing of professor salaries at various departments in Stanford. I found that the folks at GSB earn significantly more than what other Dept. people do. This is the motivation for my ...
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Who pays travel & per diem costs for invited lecturers?

When an academic is invited to give a talk at another university, are their food and travel expenses usually fully reimbursed by the university that invited the professor?
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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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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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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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What style questions should I ask potential graduate students interviewing for positions in my lab?

As a converse to this question, as a professor, I find it difficult to conduct a useful interview. What types of questions should I ask which would give me a good idea as to how (1) productive and (2) ...
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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