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How is Google Scholar changing academic evaluation?

Google Scholar is making it very easy to track (their measure of) citation counts, h-index, etc. for individual researchers. Is this changing how academics are evaluated? Do tenure committees now ...
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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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Assistant professor vs Associate professor

What's the difference between an associate professor and an assistant professor? What can one of them do that the other can't? and which is a higher level? can any of them supervise a PhD student?
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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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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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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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Salary determinants for faculty at public schools in the US

A follow-up question to this as I feel it is very broad. For example, consider this link displaying the salaries at a particular department in a public school in US. I see very wide variations within ...
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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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What is the process through which a department chooses to invite someone to make a talk at the department?

How is the person selected? How far in advance is the selection process made? When a department makes an offer to have a speaker come, how often is the offer rejected? And what happens if the offer is ...
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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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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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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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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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Are faculty salaries negotiable?

Are faculty salaries negotiable in general? Wherever they are negotiable, how could applicants gain insights about the statistics of offers or the extent of safe negotiation?
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How does a PhD student make meaningful comments or suggestions regarding a professor's work?

So bobthejoe said this: The PhD students I remember the most are the ones who came up to me and made meaningful comments or suggestions regarding my work. They get extra bonus points if in the ...
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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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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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Is it okay if a professor friends a student on social media sites?

If a professor is teaching a student currently, is it okay if he/she friends the student on social media sites such as Facebook or Google Plus?
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Teaching Loads by Field at Research Universities

For computer science tenure-track faculty, the standard teaching load at a major research university in the US is 1-1 (meaning 1 course each of the two semesters). My understanding is that in math ...
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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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How intensive is the process of interviewing people for faculty openings?

I'm interested in answers for both the individual faculty member and for the department as a whole. For the individual prospective faculty member - How long does the prospective faculty member's ...
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Should résumés be attached in a mail to a professor?

Say there is a student who writes a mail to a professor asking for a PhD vacancy or a RA-ship position. Should he attach his résumé in a mail to a professor? I have had contradictory viewpoints on ...
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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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Should someone who wants tenure (or a research position) have hobbies totally unrelated to their work?

Or in Sean Carroll's words, is it true that "you are better off if your hobbies are nothing like your work"? Carroll, Sean. "How To Get Tenure at a Major Research University: Cosmic Variance." ...
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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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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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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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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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The etiquette of leaving a faculty position

If a tenure track professor wants to leave their university for another job, how much in advance should they inform their department chair? The standard two weeks notice probably doesn't apply. And ...
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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