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Queries specific to the duties and responsibilities of professors, as distinct from all other academic staff positions. This tag should not be used for queries that could equally apply to researchers or instructors who are not professors.

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Why don't professors seem to use learning strategies like spaced repetition and note-taking?

I've always been curious about the learning habits of professors and other academic experts. According to research, strategies like spaced repetition and active note-taking are among the most ...
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Why are so many professors' websites out of date?

Inspired by comments and answers to Do professors normally explicitly state on their web page that they aren't taking new applicants? Given that most professors' websites are years out of date, ...
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Ignored by university after requesting reimbursement for faculty interview campus travel [duplicate]

I did a campus interview for a tenure-track assistant professorship at a public R1 university in March. I was told to purchase my own air travel and submit for reimbursement after the interview due to ...
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Getting response from thank you email in second round of interview [duplicate]

I have second round faculty interview and send thank you notes to Dean of the Dept., chair of the committee and chair of the Dept. The first two replied me, even though I did not expect the Dean ...
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Passionate about research in general but open to many fields: is academia for me?

I've completed my PhD, gone into industry, and now considering returning to academia. I loved doing the research, all stages of the process, from the exploration of ideas to drafting papers - I ...
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How to deal with students wanting the answer versus working through the process

I am currently teaching an undergraduate forensic photography course, but I'm having a difficult time this semester. Many of my students seem disengaged, and they expect me to simply give them the ...
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Are there any statistics as to the percentage of European students getting a PhD from the USA and then getting employed?

I have a feeling that US PhD degrees (or, at least, a US PostDoc after a PhD from the EU) are valued more in the EU than EU PhD degrees. However, I cannot prove that. Are there any statistics as to ...
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Is expanding post-doc research idea independently as a faculty a good idea?

I am currently a postdoc in the US, and will likely become a STEM tenure-track assistant professor at an R1 university. Background. During my postdoc, I was working on a project that was unsuccessful ...
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How can I check if a professor who holds a second appointment as a faculty researcher is being paid a full salary? [closed]

A professor at a University X is holding a second appointment as a researcher on leave at another University in a different country with his full salary being paid from his funding there. The ...
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Do professors hold lower occupational prestige than physicians in the UK and the USA?

In South Asia, university professors hold much lower occupational prestige than physicians. There are two reasons for that: People think that their lives are in the hands of doctors, so it is better ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to reuse exam questions annually without changes?

I'm facing a situation at my university that raises some ethical concerns and I'd like to get your perspective on it. One of our professors has a consistent practice of reusing the same exam questions ...
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Filling out graduate school recommendation letter rubrics for students

A question for other professors or recommenders out there. How do you deal with filling out these complicated rubrics that some schools have on their recommendation letters for graduate applications, ...
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Why are Applicants Often Asked to Draft Their Own Recommendation Letters in Academia [duplicate]

As I know, it's not uncommon for professors to ask students to draft their own recommendation letters in academic settings. Firstly, I want to know how this impacts the authenticity of the ...
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Optimal approach for committee selecting faculty

I'm on a faculty search committee in a large department at a large university. We can typically recruit 4-6 new faculty per year. We would like to recruit the "best" faculty available each ...
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Equitable Recruting Process for International Faculty Candidates

Can someone please chime in on best practices when it comes to ensuring that the search process is equitable for all candidates. More specifically if a department has budget constraints and may be ...
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Salary Disparities Between Fields

Have professors just come to accept that there are significantly higher salaries in certain academic fields (generally engineering, some business, law, etc.)? Does it ever cause tension within a ...
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Do Swiss professors have the highest gross income in the world? [closed]

Countries With The Highest Professor Salaries In The World This article says that Switzerland is the country where university professors are paid the highest salary. However, my question is, if we ...
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Is it worth telling a PhD about his manuscript typos and mathematical mistakes once already published?

In the scope of the first weeks of a postdoctoral position in a company where one has the task to read a thesis manuscript written in this same company, suppose that one finds typographical mistakes (...
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sending good/bad rec letter without waiving my rights

Would a professor send a recommendation letter whether good or bad to the grad university or the research summer program I am applying to without my permission? if she did not like me in her lab for ...
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Would applying for a tenure track position while I am a visiting instructor look bad to the institution and my colleagues if I am not selected?

I am a fourth year doctoral candidate in an Experimental Psychology program at an R2 and am completing a visiting instructor appointment at a small liberal arts college (SLAC) right now. I had seen ...
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Will US universities consider the application of a person with a PhD from India/Singapore/Australia for a faculty position in the US?

If I have a PhD degree from other English speaking countries like India/Singapore/Australia, can I apply for a faculty position in the US?
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Should I collaborate with a potentially manipulative collaborator?

As a young assistant professor (female) in a math-oriented field, I've looped in a former colleague, now in industry, in one of my projects. While he is professional and skilled, a pattern has ...
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Is it a good idea to apply for another position at the same university while awaiting tenure review?

I am a faculty member in the Science School. I have recently submitted my materials for a tenure review. During this waiting period, I've become aware of an attractive position opening in the Business ...
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The Title of Adjunct Professors in the UC System

When I was recently looking for academic positions in the US, I noticed that the actual titles of many assistant and associate professors in the University of California system are "adjunct ...
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On re-instating a suspended scientist

My female friend works in a US government research lab. Recently, a very senior scientist in her lab (white male, extremely decorated, serious person) was rude to her, telling her that her ...
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Can administrative work benefit a PostDoc?

Imagine a relatively new Postdoc. She joined a new group (3-5 PhDs, 1 Prof.) and due to 'special circumstances' (Prof. too busy and mostly unavailable) is now responsible for all the PhD and Master/...
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New faculty. Already lagging on responsibilities bad. Any advice on coming back?

I'm a fourth year doctoral candidate who is ABD right now and recently got a full time position at a small liberal arts college (SLAC). So far, I'm not off to a great start. I showed up to orientation ...
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Second PhD after a not successful PhD and not being trained enough by professor [duplicate]

It is my fifth year of graduate studies in chemistry. I haven't had enough training from my professor and I don't have enough confidence to do even a post-doc. It is so close to my graduation, that I ...
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Choice of Location for Math PhD Grad

I am currently a data scientist working in natural language processing, with an undergrad background in math and CS, and a masters in CL/NLP. Mathematics was always my preferred area, but I wasn't ...
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Can I become a professor in a subject I did badly in?

I am a third year math undergraduate student. I am in Europe (Serbia) but would like to do a postgraduate degree in the USA. My freshman year went poorly, but after that I started to do a lot better. ...
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How would you respond to these questions when you are applying for a faculty position? [closed]

Say you have just finished your PhD or you are a young post-doc researcher. You are applying for a faculty position at a university which is far from your hometown and far from where you currently ...
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Is there a noticeable trend for PhD graduates from elite universities ending up as assistant professors in top universities?

I am currently pursuing my PhD at a highly reputable university and am deeply engaged in academic activities, such as publishing quality research papers, serving as a reviewer for top-tier journals in ...
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The Impact of UK University Lecturing Experience on Faculty Positions in Leading Universities Abroad [closed]

Can the experience of being a university lecturer in one of the best universities in the UK enhance the chances of securing a faculty position in top universities in the USA and Australia? ...
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Junior professorships (W1) in Germany - does the 6 year limit before start apply to all states?

I am currently a PostDoc in Germany, recently finished my PhD. I come originally from Italy where I pursued my undergraduate degree, and have completed my master's and PhD in Germany (in different ...
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Moving institutions, gap employment, and R21 funding

I am currently a research scientist with an R21. I was offered an assistant professor position, but the starting date is after my current appointment ends. What would happen to my funding if I have a ...
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Can a professor advise a Ph.D. student while taking extended leave (one year without pay) from a university in the USA [closed]

My advisor is planning to take a one-year leave for personal reasons. He will be returning to his home country, and the leave will be without pay. I am currently in my second year as a Ph.D. student. ...
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Two offers, both to get the Habilitation: better a 3+3 years position in a German University, or a 2 years position in a Swiss University?

It happened that 2 offers for similar positions, which goal would be to get the Habilitation, occured at the same time. One position would be a 3+3 years in one of the best German Universities, while ...
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What does 'on leave' at another school imply for professors (US)

There is a professor at a certain university (in EECS) whose webpage states that they are 'currently on leave at [other school].' They are also listed as a professor at the other school. I am ...
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When to use the title "Professor" if employed at different academic positions in different countries

I have a curious question. I am employed as a Chair Professor and a Professor of Practise at a recognised University in India and I am also employed as a Lecturer at a recognised University in the UK. ...
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How to quit my TT professorship job gracefully?

I'm a TT assistant professor at a R1 school, and I just recently accepted an offer from a private company. I'm planning to talk with the department head and let him know and I was wondering if anyone ...
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"The tenure-track professor plans to carry out X publications." So, what could X be here? [closed]

I signed a contract for a 6-year tenure-track professorship in a European University a few weeks ago. Recently, I received an Agreement document between me and the University, whose main objective is ...
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Consulting and Outside Employment

My university recently required all professors to attest that they do not consult nor are employed for more than one day per week. This statement is required to ensure the professors are engaged in ...
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Adding advisor's name as a coparticipant without their permission

Thank you in advance. I had some issues with my advisor and want to get some advice. I got a Ph.D. degree from a foreign country and started my new postdoctoral position here in the US this year. ...
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Will it look bad if I (tenured faculty) apply for a position at a different R1, a year after moving to my current R1?

I am a tenured professor. I recently moved to a new R1 university (less than a year) but always had a different school as my dream university. How odd is it to apply to another university given that I ...
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Are there grants that work at any accredited university?

There are scholarships for PhD students that work at any accredited university, sometimes in a particular zone. Example. Applications may be submitted by full-time students who desire to study ...
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How do I know if I'm good enough to be a professor?

This is a follow up question to How do I know if I'm good enough to be a math professor? where the poster is asking about whether graduate school is a good choice. I am due to finish my PhD soon ...
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TT summer salary withheld despite prior commitment [closed]

I'm a tenure-track faculty at an R1 university with a standard 9-mo appointment. At the end of July, I have decided to move to another tenure-track position at another R1 university (for personal ...
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Can I still decline an accepted counter offer before signing a contract?

I am currently in a tenure-track assistant professor (AP) position. About one month ago, I got an AP position offer from a better ranked university, with a good startup package. When I informed my ...
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How to sign a professional email as a retired professor in two departments . .

Wise colleagues, I am in need of your counsel, please. I am a retired professor requiring clarification on how to sign a professional email. Although I am happily retired, there remain certain ...
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What is the difference between a "Professor" and an "FH-Professor" (German-speaking countries)

In German-speaking countries, what is the difference between a Professor and an FH-Professor? I have come across both terms and FH-Professors seem to work at universities of applied sciences (FH=UAS; ...
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