Questions tagged [professorship]

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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Do universities hire graduates from lesser universities?

Recently, someone analyzed computer science professors at top universities and found that over half of the professors at the top 51 universities graduated from a top 10 university. Others have also ...
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Intellectual Property Rights When Moving University

I am considering moving institutions (from a one UK University to another), but I am concerned about what Intellectual Property (IP) rights my current institution may retain. Some of my PhD students, ...
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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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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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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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Are there particular areas of mathematical research that attract universities to consider someone over another?

I thought of my question when considering if I wanted to be a math professor. Background: Currently I’m an undergraduate studying math with a concentration in computer science, and I am interested in ...
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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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Is it possible to survive in university academia without applying for grants?

I see that many professors spend all of their time applying for grants, minus a little bit of time to interact with the graduate students on their grants and a little bit of time to fulfill their ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a professor influence the graduate admissions committee if he or she is interested in a particular student?

I've had a promising Skype interview with a great professor from a top-level university in US. Our research interests are closely related and he encouraged me to apply BUT he says that all decisions ...
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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 do professors choose their summer salary?

In the United States, most professors are paid by the university on a 9 month basis for teaching (Sep - May). During the summer months a professor is typically paid from their grants and other revenue ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How many minutes per day do most professors spend reading and replying to emails? [closed]

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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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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Why are the German professors addressed as Prof. Dr. XXX?

I notice that in Germany, basically all the professors are addressed as Prof. Dr. XXX, say Prof. Dr. Mueller. However, in other parts of the world, only Prof. would be sufficient, since a non-...
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How do university professors earn money beyond their salary?

How do university professors earn money external to their salary from the institutions where they teach? As far as I understand: Obtaining funding from government/companies for doing research. ...
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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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Is there anything you can do when a professor discusses some of your personal concerns with other professors potentially mockingly?

I am an undergraduate student. Recently, my interest about a particular (difficult) field – somewhere between physics and maths – arose, a field that is only briefly mentioned in some lectures. For ...
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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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Are professors required to perform research as a necessity to teaching?

In my country, in order to teach mathematics (or any subject) to college students one doesn't have to have a PhD. Just a good academic record in the masters level of one's subject and one must clear a ...
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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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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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"The tenure-track professor plans to carry out X publications." So, what could X be here?

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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How many professors are children of professors?

I am a professor. Anecdotally, about half the people I know in academia have at least one parent who was or is a professor. (I was not born to any professors, for the record.) And then you see ...
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How to deal with a professor skipping his office hours?

As a preface, this is a related question but it is from a different perspective. I am an undergraduate student in physics and have a professor that routinely ignores his own office hours. He has ...
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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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