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Are my responsibilities as a lecturer the same as a teacher at school? [closed]

I am employed at an university in my country. I am teaching the statistic. The rule of the students is to spoon feed. That is, they expect the lecturer to care about them as if they are at high-school....
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Citations needed when using textbooks to write lecture notes/slides?

so basically I have recently started to teach my own course for the first time. In the past, I mainly taught professors in the department that were on leave etc and they normally supplied me with ...
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How would you react as a professor if a student has been going to your office hours and does not perform well on an exam?

Say if a student goes to the professor's office hours to get help on class material and homeworks. Then, on test day, the student does not perform well on the test, and turns in the test with some ...
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Offered TA position two months before, head assitant no longer responds

At the beginning of the last semester, I responded to a TA offer which was online, met with the head assistant of the course, meeting was positive, and I did all the needed talks and paperworks with ...
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What should I (a professor) do if a student keeps answering other students' questions before I start explaining?

I have a student who keeps answering other students' questions before I could even start explaining. What should I do in this case? Should I ask them to come meet with me? If so, how should I convey ...
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Importance of teaching as a PhD student to go into academia

How important is teaching as a graduate student if I want to then pursue a career in academia. A top program I have been admitted to does not require teaching and I will be fully funded by being a ...
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How to read/react to students' evaluation?

For my first course on CS topic (first course on the topic and not the first overall), I used the university evaluation system to ask students about their feedback. In addition to responding to ...
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Efficient use of the class time when all lectures are already in youtube

I am teaching an obligatory course to undergraduates. There are about 160 registered students, divided into 4 classes of 40. Each class is 3 academic hours. Last year, my lectures have been ...
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What is the necessary entity that cannot be done by professor without physical classroom with assembled students? [closed]

I want to know whether there is any necessary entity (quality/property) in the traditional classroom teaching that cannot be done without a physical classroom with intended students. Please keep aside ...
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Is the practice of keeping written papers or presentations for delivering lectures recommended?

Professors of my institution use PowerPoint presentations or written papers or some other aid material for delivering a lecture in the classroom. But doesn't it indicate less expertise? I have this ...
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Stepping around student religiosity

In the not-too-distant past, I was teaching a course on cognition and language. One class focused on language and communication in different species. A student later emailed me to ask a number of ...
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How to teach first-years?

First, some context: I'm a PhD student, and this term, I'm running a bunch of seminar groups for first years (I believe these are what would be called "discussion sections" in the US - essentially, ...
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Is it recommended for a professor to not entertain advanced questions for a basic course?

Recently I worked as a teaching assistant for a digital logic course. The topic for the day was full-adder. Professor explained the full concept of the full adder, along with question and answer ...
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how universities treat faculty according to teaching feedback questionaires filled by students [closed]

If faculty get good or bad scores out of teaching feedback questionaires filled by students, what will happen to the faculty? Most people get average scores so nothing happens. Will those who get very ...
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Encouraging team-work while discouraging free-riding

I teach several courses for computer science undergrads, including algorithms, programming and game development. In all my courses there are weekly homework assignments. I encourage my students to do ...
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What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US?

What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US? And can someone please explain this in reference to the trimester or quarter system, which I'm not too familiar with. ...
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What should I do about a bad TA as another TA for the same professor?

I have been a math TA since my freshman year, and this year as a junior I was made head department TA. One of the TAs under me is what I deem to be a poor fit. He is incredibly sexist(at a liberal ...
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Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical? [closed]

A faculty member recently brought their young child to a graduate seminar. The child had a fever -- and therefore was deemed not healthy enough to be at school. The faculty member did not ask the ...
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Is there any evidence of a benefit to distributing documents to students vs taking notes?

Suppose you teach a course in which you display slides. Two approaches exists: distribute the slides (or any document that summarizes the content of the slides); rely on students to take notes. [...
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A few students requesting to cancel lectures due to their personal reasons. What should I do?

I give lectures to postgraduate students. The number of students in this batch is very low (< 20). The lectures are foundation lectures for the course. We are only into the basics of the course. ...
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Are there any great researchers who are terrible teachers? [closed]

I'm curious if there's been anyone who's really good at research but also really bad at teaching - for example traditionally, Nobel Prize winners are required to give a public lecture related to the ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a student I tutored how their exam went?

I tutored a student in math for two weeks to help her prepare for an exam. I expected her to inform me how the exam went, but she did not. Is it appropriate to ask her how the exam went? We are in ...
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Create YouTube videos on exercises of a University level course

Is it acceptable to create YouTube videos about exercises of a University level course ? I struggle to follow a quantum mechanics course I need to take and thought about making YouTube videos where I ...
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Additional schooling and salary at private/public high school

I have been told that private high schools would likely hire this candidate, MSc/PhD in physics (but no teaching certificate or degree, just TA duties in undergrad and grad school), and that public ...
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What are the most important factors to consider when deciding the time to teach a course?

I'm starting as an Assistant Professor at an R1 university, and will be teaching my first undergraduate course (~2.5h/week) in the Spring of 2021. I've been asked if I have a preferred teaching time. ...
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The first teaching job: prior knowledge or do people get trained?

I am soon going to finish my PhD (neuroscience; India) and am interested in working as a post-doctoral fellow, eventually going down the teaching and research line. My question is specifically about ...
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Can university educators provide private tutoring to anyone seeking it? [closed]

Let me elaborate: I’m aware that school teachers often do private tutoring for children on the side (although I believe it’s only ethical/fair if they tutor children from other grades, classes or ...
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How to Ask for a Shift in Graduate Assistantship from Research to Teaching?

I am a graduate student in NYC and would like to learn how to ask my advisor and my professor to shift from research assistantship to teaching? I have been working on a research project for one ...
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How ethical is it to hide information from students?

I have multiple experiences from multiple teachers that they hide the book they are secretly following and picking problems from, and whenever students ask for a reference book, they give a multitude ...
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What is a “normal” teaching load for a Lecturer in a UK pre-'92 University? [duplicate]

What is a normal teaching load for a Lecturer on a teaching and research contract (equal split) in a physical science field in a UK pre-'92 University? Is there such a thing as "normal", or is the ...
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Is it appropriate to share the distribution of grades for a small class?

It is common practice to share a histogram of grades with a class after a quiz or exam. However, my institute has very small classes. This year I have 6 students in my class, and in previous years I ...
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For interview questions about innovative or engaging teaching, is it OK to say I give lectures in the standard way?

If asked a teaching question in a interview for a math professor position about how you engage students or innovate your teaching, would it look bad if I say I'm just a traditional lecturer, teaching ...
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What is known about the evaluation behavior of students?

Much information can be found about what influences student evaluations of teaching. The evaluation results of an instructor depend on gender, race, attractiveness, personality traits, bringing ...
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Where in academia are HEA fellowships valued?

https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship#categories Apparently these fellowships are popular in the UK? What sorts of universities care about them? And why?
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How does the teaching of biology differ from teaching physics? [closed]

Respected teachers, I have this question for quite some time and I need your ideas. When we teach physics we can have a lot of brainstorming sessions and adopt the "scientific method" ( ...
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What designation should be assigned to a teacher's trainer who is also teaching in the same school? [closed]

I joined as a teacher's trainer in school for a short cntractual period. But gradually I started getting involved in the following: 1- Helping teachers in developing lesson plans 2- Providing ...
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How do professors and lecturers learn to teach?

I am a PhD student in the field of education and I enjoy reading SE questions to stimulate my mind when I need a break. I find academia to be one of my most frequently visited sites. When reading ...
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How can I encourage good note-taking?

Often, college students do not always know what kinds of notes they should be taking. How can I encourage students to take notes more efficiently and more effectively? In one of my lecture-style ...
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Teaching stream faculty postion

I recently applied for a tenure track teaching stream position which requires to teach standard math courses but also math courses for non-science, non-math majors. It's been one month since I applied ...
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How bad is making mistakes in the lecture slides?

I am giving a lecture in IT (for the first time) to more than 100 students. I refused to use the slides of the previous lecturer and I wanted to make my owns. They take me a lot of effort and I ...
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Web service to subdivide projects among students [closed]

For a course I teach, I would like to assign projects to students, so that each student chooses a different project among a list of alternatives. It seems to me that one of the simplest ways to ...
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My professor changed a take-home test to an in-class test with no notice. Can I fight the grade?

I’m a college student. For a recent test, the professor originally said that the test was extremely difficult and long and therefore they were going to send us a picture of the exam an hour and a half ...
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What's a realistic workload per blackboard hour for teachers during the semester?

There is this excellent thread about teaching workloads across the world on Academia SE: Is 100 hours per year of teaching a heavy load for a lecturer? I would now like to continue this discussion ...
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How is student feedback dealt with for poorly teaching faculty?

I teach at a teaching university. Research is not a priority. I'm new to the university and am teaching full-time. I believe I've developed a rapport with the current cohort of senior students. ...
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Is it typical to not list class instructors during undergraduate enrollment?

Enrollment for undergraduate students has just started at my university. Perusing the classes for my department though, only a couple of the dozens of classes being offered have an instructor ...
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New overlapping courses [closed]

As departments grow, they tend to hire people in the same area of research. And different people from different communities call things differently. For example, people in Statistics may call it "...
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How to learn about a department's culture?

I recently interviewed for a teaching position, but I have concerns about the department's culture. First, I learned that the department adopted a different hiring process for me. They made me jump ...
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Is it disadvantageous to have recommendation letters from postdoctoral fellows rather than professors? [duplicate]

I am a math PhD student in a US university and also a teaching assistant. This fall I’m expecting to apply for jobs. I’m looking for math lecturer/instructor jobs. However, when I worked as a ...
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Is it common to have peer teaching evaluation for tenured/tenure-track faculty every year?

Is it common for US public universities to enforce peer teaching evaluations (have professors sit in each others' classes) for tenured faculty member every year? What about requiring evaluation twice ...
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My department promised graduate students a particular teaching load, but has found a loophole to increase it

I am a second year STEM PhD student at a large R1 public university in the United States. When I chose to come to this program, the department told me that I would have a teaching load of 3 classes ...

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