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How to deal with class partner who always wants to answer professor's question?

I have just started master's in math. There is a class with a very "powerful" (great researcher) professor and I'm taking it. However, there is a classmate of mine who, every time the professor asks a ...
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What to do if bullied by students?

I've recently been the subject of bullying by a group of students. I taught a difficult module alongside another module, which was taught by somebody else. The other module was much easier and offered ...
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How to create incentive for students to take surveys?

I started to do questionnaires and surveys to assess my teaching methods and the learning gain of my students. How to convince the students to participate in these surveys? Is it OK to give small ...
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Is it ethical to do paid literature searches of research journals for other students?

Is it unethical to research journals for other students? For example, a student is researching gifted students and their subsequent ACT/SAT scores. Then: Would it be unethical for me to research ...
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Best practices when allowing exam cheat sheets

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am currently teaching an applied mathematics course for about thirty students with business-related ...
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How should I go about publishing a manuscript in which my mentor does not actively support my best interests?

I am at a loss of what to do. I had started working on this project, a systematic review and meta-analysis back in undergrad. I was a senior. Long story short, for a while my manuscript was going well....
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Should I ask to meet graduate students during a TT job interview?

I'm about to start interviewing for tenure-track computer science positions in the US. I've read various bits of advice online [1,2,3] about meeting with graduate students in the department I am ...
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Should I notify students that I've interacted with after getting sick, by email?

I saw a bunch of students today during my office hours (~15-20 out of a class of 96). Then around noon I went downhill quick, and now I'm sporting a fever over 100 F. I don't know necessarily what I ...
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Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper

I am a researcher in condensed-matter physics, and I recently started a research project with another professor, for which I hired a student for a six-month undergraduate internship. The student was ...
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How should I respond when monetary contribution to potluck will affect grade?

I am currently taking an Art History course. Today was the first day of class, and my professor informed us that we are required to bring a monetary contribution for a potluck. I wouldn't be opposed ...
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Should I do a group project on my own? If so, how?

Recently in one of my courses I have been assigned a task to be done in small groups (of 3 people). It turns out not to be too long (especially with some previous knowledge that I had), so over the ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask depressed brother's professor to reach out to brother?

My brother is severely depressed and has absolutely minimal support, in any form, from my family. He's a very bright guy with no direction and no resources at home. After graduating from high school, ...
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How do I ask my teacher for his honest opinion about my capabilities

I just ended my internship on bad terms. Both the company and my teachers think that my programming skills are insufficient for a passing grade. We decided to end the internship as continuing would be ...
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How to approach a student with bad hygiene?

I teach engineering at a community college in the US. I currently have a student with very poor hygiene. He stinks pretty badly, has obviously greasy hair, doesn’t change his clothes frequently, and I ...
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Waiver for conference registration fee

Usually there are some ACM/IEEE conferences which takes registration fee around 350 to 550 US dollar. For a student, it might not be possible to deposit such amount of money. Under this circumstance,...
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Words to avoid when talking to a blind student

I am currently supervising a visually impaired student. I noticed that quite often I use phrases such as "from X, we can see that Y" or ask the student to "read paper X" or "you need to look at your ...
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Can a professor ask for money directly from students to print out handouts for class?

I'm currently taking a class that doesn't have a required textbook, which is why I took it. My professor is now saying that due to her scanning and printing out handouts for use we are each required ...
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Should I ask my students to contribute in preparation of the manuscripts?

As a part of my PhD. I supervise master and bachelor thesis. Even though, I get extremely smart students I find that they are having troubles in writing up their research as articles. Often I end up ...
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Should I scold the act of cheating before an exam?

Usually when I'm applying an exam on my students, right before giving them the questions sheet, I tell them not to cheat. I usually warn them that I will not be inspecting their every move, but I will ...
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How should feedback be given for “silly mistakes” on an exam

I am a TA currently grading a set of 80 midterms for an engineering math course for fourth-year engineer undergrads. The test had four questions, each question had around four parts. Of course, ...
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Friendship with Professor okay?

My professor and I walk to and from for every class I have with her, I am a female senior student and my professor is in her 30's. I've gotten to know her really well, we even had a random dinner ...
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What are strategies for minimizing student questions during exams?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I generally find student questions during tests and quizzes to be somewhat annoying. I disliked them ...
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How to supervise a bad PhD student

I am a postdoc helping in the supervision of a PhD student who is finishing his 2nd year now. This is in Europe, meaning the student came in with a MSc degree and these 2 years have been of research. "...
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Am I obliged to answer student queries that can readily be answered by reading the syllabus? [closed]

I maintain an email group for my class where the reading list and other course materials are made available to the students. Despite sharing all relevant information with them, I still have students ...
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Is it an offence to ask a professor to share a soft copy of his recent book with me for my semester?

My professor (say Mr. X), a theoretical physicist, is in charge of a course on Math Physics in the undergrads. He had co-authored a book on Statistical Mechanics but he never mentioned anything about ...
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How to deal with arrogant e-mail of a student

I have sent the solutions of some assignments to the students of my class. One of my students sent me a message that reads as follows (not greeting or anything, no closing, just the following): ...
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What to do about a student who missed multiple assignments and claims illness?

I am the professor in charge of a first-year course for undergraduates. Recently, I received an e-mail from a student, the general meaning of which is the following: Dear professor, I am sorry ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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First time preparing and teaching a course

I am a PhD student and I have been given the opportunity to teach a course over a three weeks period (2h per day, 30h in total) at an institution overseas. I feel competent in the field of the course ...
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Etiquette with regard to email read reciepts

Context: I am an assistant professor working at a small liberal arts college in the United States. Like many institutions, mine uses Microsoft Outlook. On occasion, I will receive emails requesting ...
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Listing an article which is under revision in your CV

Background I am a student applying for graduate fellowships. I recently got a decision from an editor regarding a paper I wrote, stating that the referees recommend acceptance, but that substantial ...
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Are student papers treated differently from main papers in a top conference?

This is referring to a top tier conference like AAAI, CVPR, NIPS. Other than the apparent difference that the lead author is a student, how differently are student papers treated? Will the reviewers ...
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Students bringing babies to class

I'm a student; recently, in one of my classes, a fellow student brought their baby in a stroller. She may have asked the professor beforehand for permission to do this. The baby cried, made loud ...
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How many hours do PhD students work as a TA (total)? [closed]

How many hours do you work as a graduate teaching assistant and what is the breakdown? (This might include actual teaching hours, office hours, grading, tutoring center hours, etc). I am in a ...
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Group-building for project, how to handle non-response? [closed]

I recently switched to a new university and our professor asked us to make groups for a big project next semester. Since I was new I sent an e-mail to everybody available if they are free. I got a ...
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Why are most people so intellectually uncurious [closed]

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this question. I've noticed that almost everyone I have met is intellectually uncurious. In a world where our daily lives depend on technology that would ...
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I had a rough first year in undergrad— what now? [closed]

I think I'm off to a poor start to my undergraduate career. Some context: my major is Materials Science and Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. I'm on the BS/MS track for 2020....
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What are good argument against strict attendance policy, and university making it harder for students to maintain attendance?

My university have a very strict attendance policy, attendance affect the students marks a lot and if attendance is lower than 75% at the end of the semester, students are not allowed to sit in finals....
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Should I hide the fact that I did a group assignment completely by myself?

Three students and I were assigned a small (~14 hours of work) group project. Because there was no effort on their side to meet and work, my e-mails regarding their progress remained unanswered and ...
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Is it a breach of privacy to list the names of past interns and supervised students on your academic website?

I've seen many personal web pages of (US/UK/EU) academics that have a list of all the PhD, MSc/BSc or internship students they've supervised before. Is this allowed or does it break privacy of the ...
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Should I meet my professors at a celebration party? [closed]

I finished my exams, the results came in, and I scored well but not in top 10. There is a celebration that all my professors will be at. I am in doubt whether I should go, because I fear my professors,...
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Legislation efforts to protect student employees in high education? [closed]

For student employees in a higher education institution, what laws are there to protect them? From my experience, university human resources does not provide much help if at all to student employees. ...
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How to hold back from interfering with students' inefficient-but-not-wrong work?

I'm a new and junior group leader. I therefore work quite closely with my (also new) MSc students. I try to let them work and figure out things as independently as they can, but have my door open so ...
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FERPA: Can I anonymously quote a student?

Every once in a while, my students write something outrageously funny in their homework, either on purpose or by accident, and I'd love to share these short quotes with a colleague/friend for mutual ...
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Using industry productivity tools and techniques for managing student projects

I'm heading a group of engineering students (from different fields) which need to build a robot (which performs tasks autonomously) as part of their courses. There are 10 students in this group and ...
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What's a good way to prevent students from saying I lost their paper?

As a teacher, I've often had students say that they turned in an assignment, but that because I don't see it, grade it, and return it back to them, that I must have lost their papers/assignments. I ...
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Tutoring is depressing because my students are struggling too much with my exercises. What do I do?

I am a tutor for first year students in mathematics, and I feel pretty bad about it. I recently changed universities. At my previous university, where I also tutored, the exercises were very ...
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Advising a high school research project

I have been contacted out of the blue by a seemingly highly motivated high school student who has requested the opportunity to do a research project under my supervision (in the field of stellar ...
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Teaching for the first time: is reaching out to each student acceptable?

I work as a programmer as a full time job. Since I'm an experienced programmer and have some teaching aptitude, I've been asked to give a 40-hour course in C# programming to a computer science group ...
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Is it reasonable to require students to bring a laptop to every lecture?

In the next academic year, I'll be teaching a class on how to use a statistical software package (the R programming language). I foresee that each class will have two parts: a lecture and software ...