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Questions tagged [service-activities]

On engaging in activities that are considered a service to a university or academic community. These can include, but are not limited to, serving on administrative or curriculum development committees, organizing a conference or seminar series, and volunteering editorial or peer review services for an academic publication.

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why do academics write peer reviews?

I do not understand what good it does them. A professor said it gives opportunity to read papers he would not read on his own. I am sure there is more to it but I do not see what they gain by ...
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Why do research faculty pursue administrative positions, such as dean, provost, president, etc. ? Do such positions spell the end of one's research?

At a recent seminar talk, I was amazed to note that one of the two coauthors (not the presenter) was the president of a large and well-known university, since I had always assumed that taking on such ...
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What are the benefits of organizing a conference?

Organizing a conference is very difficult for a scientist, you have to have the right collaborators, to find the right venue, to spread the word, to advertise it, to send the call for papers, to ...
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How to foster gender diversity as an organizer

I am part of the organizing committee for a workshop in a STEM field that historically has problems with underrepresentation of women (and other groups, but let me focus on women in this question). I ...
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Who typically serves on a graduate school admissions committee?

Suppose a student is applying to a graduate school. Who is typically on the admissions committee? Is the chair of the department on the admissions committee?
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What incentives do professors have to serve on dissertation committees?

It seems that there is no requirement for professors to serve on even a single dissertation committee. (This is so at least at my US university and I believe is common practice worldwide - please ...
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When scheduling talks in a conference session, what is the etiquette, if any, regarding placement of multiple talks from the same research group?

I am the lead co-organizer of a symposium at a technical conference later this year. The abstract submissions are now closed, and I'm working on slotting the talks into sessions. With the number of ...
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Should I cancel / alter office hours for committee meetings?

My contract requires that I maintain a certain number of office hours a week where I am available to meet with students. In practice this time is rarely entirely taken up by student meetings however. ...
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What non-research activities are most valuable when applying for faculty positions in mathematics?

I am asking this question for two reasons: first to work on activities to strengthen my CV for the future, and second to write a plan for professional development activities as part of a grant ...
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Why do professors take on service duties? [duplicate]

Why do professors take on service duties, such as reviewing papers for a journal, or sitting on university committees? What benefit does this have to their careers? I can't imagine they enjoy ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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How much should I charge a colleague for a translation project?

I have come across a situation that I'm not entirely sure how to handle and am curious if there are any norms in the United States for it. I teach in my university's foreign language department. A ...
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What kind of administrative duties might a postdoctoral associate be expected to take on?

Applying for a postdoctoral research role in the UK, the application says I should demonstrate willingness to take on administrative tasks. Can anyone tell me about what kind of administrative tasks a ...
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What are some examples of “service activities” for the inexperienced/up-and-coming academic?

I am looking for an assistant professor job in engineering. While working on my Ph.D., I had the chance to mentor graduate students in my research group (suggesting experiments, helping them analyze ...
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Should I talk about service in my job application?

I am a mathematician on the job market this year and am wondering if I should talk at all about service and other aspects of who I am other than my teaching and research. So for example, committees I'...
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Is assessing grant proposals CV-worthy?

So far this year, I have been asked to be an assessor for proposals submitted to three different international funding schemes, with the value of the proposals ranging from $0.5M to $10M. I acceded to ...
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Accepting organizing duties in a year…but waiting for a new position

This question is strongly linked to a previous question of mine: Tenured position to be started very soon…what to do with the old affiliation Roughly speaking, my situation is the following: I am a ...
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Should I be asked to serve as a peer reviewer for other universities' Pre-Proposal Support efforts?

I received a request from the sponsored projects office person at a well known university, asking me to peer review a grant proposal that was in preparation at their university. The idea was for me ...
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As a PhD student, is it worth spending time organizing a contest for a conference?

I am a PhD student in computer science: is it worth spending time organizing a contest for a conference (e.g. a shared task for a conference in natural language processing)? I think that would be a ...
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What are the responsibilities of the Publication Chair of a conference?

I received an "offer" to become the publication chair of a high profile IEEE conference. Before accepting the "offer" I would like to know what are my responsibilities, and I would like to plan ahead ...
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What is your university's policy on course reductions for service on dissertation committees? [closed]

This is a question branching off of this one. I would like to judge how common it is for universities to give course reductions for service on dissertation committees. Two questions: Does your ...
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What are the benefits of being a convener/chair of a session in a conference?

I wish to submit a proposal to a conference to chair a session. To do this, I will have to spend a lot of time to think about many things such as the objectives & scopes of my session. But I am ...
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How to organize a session at a conference?

I was recently asked by the cluster chair to organize a session at a conference on topic X. How does one go about organizing a conference session?
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Benefits to serving on an IEEE Standards Association?

What are the benefits of being a member of IEEE Standards working group? From my limited knowledge: you get another badge on your cv you get to have a say in outlining a specific IEEE Standard you ...
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How to organize a graduate student seminar on pure math?

I am a first-year graduate student of pure mathematics. Now the department gives us the chance to organize graduate student seminars. I want to run a seminar based on the book called Sheaves on ...
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Are there any actions professors can take online to contribute towards “service requirements”?

I would like to fulfill my service requirements for the tenure review process. My question: Is it possible to help fulfill these requirements through on-line activities? E.g. Mentoring students ...
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Is software packaging considered as a service duty? [closed]

I create from scratch and/or maintain software packages on behalf of the Debian GNU/(Linux|kFreeBSD) distribution; Debian serving as base for other apt-distributions as Ubuntu. Most of `my' packages ...
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Best word/phrase for peer-reviewing service

I am a PC member and reviewer for a few conferences. I would like to list these services on my CV. However, I am not sure what would be a good title word for it? Community Service?? Academic Service?...
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How to reference organizing conference symposia / panels on CV?

Presentions for papers or posters at conferences are easy to reference, but how do you reference activities such as organizing conference symposia / panels on your CV?
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Is it possible to outsource some tasks of thesis writing? How and what kind of tasks? [duplicate]

I think that thesis writing is a big project which can be divided into several small-scale tasks. The contribution of the thesis must be done with student himself/herself, but other tasks such as ...