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Non existing instructor [closed]

I'm wondering if I am able to possibly have a lawsuit against the trade school I go to because they haven't provided us with an instructor for the last couple of months. I've gone to the campus ...
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Professor posting videos of his lectures online. Allowed? [closed]

Suppose I am a Professor working for a reputed university. Am I allowed (by the university) to make teaching videos of my courses at home and publish them on a platform like YouTube or somewhere else ...
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What are the special measures to be taken into account by a lecturer in +100-student classes?

What special measures does one take into account to deliver lectures in classes including +100 students (compared to those of less-crowded classes)?
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Are there non-tenure track positions in math/statistics depts that combine teaching and core facility responsibilities (statistics consulting)? [closed]

I'm working through an MS in Statistics and considering career paths and curious if a specific career path exists in academia. I would like to work in an academic statistics core and provide support ...
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Can I offer my students a cash reward? [closed]

Disclaimer: I am not thinking of actually doing this. This is just a random shower thought that I had. I am a non-tenured adjunct instructor. Would I be disciplined or lose my job if I announced to my ...
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Teaching Vector Calculus for a demo [closed]

I have applied for a teaching position, and will have to appear for a teaching demonstration. I need to pick a topic from Vector Calculus taught at undergraduate level. My main concern: It has been a ...
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How can I deal with students that are too sensitive when they are wrong? Particularly when they answer simple questions incorrectly during class?

I am an instructor in a STEM field. I am teaching an upper-division course where I try to interact with the students rather than just lecturing. I am teaching in the students' native language; there ...
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Applying to academic positions in UK without teaching experience

I'm originally from the UK and did my PhD there. After that I left the UK and have over 10 years experience in academia, but my positions have all been research-only. I have never given lectures (...
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Likeliness of getting University posts outside India when you started doing PhD at 35 in Mathematics

I need to tell you somewhat about myself first so that you people can better understand my situation. I did intermediate in 2005, then I did nothing until 2018 (bipolar disorder), but I recovered and ...
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Should I let professors know of their potential mistakes?

I sometimes find potential errors in slides/notes that professors provide us as studying material. These are often some distraction or algebraic errors, other times lack of formalism that might ...
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Why are high pass rates for courses considered acceptable in the US?

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist the temptation to use this somewhat provoking title.) This recent question motivated me to finally ask the following, somewhat dual, question which I've been wondering ...
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What content in “research design”, aside from the fundamentals, should be taught?

I’m teaching a course in technical research methods for graduate students. As luck would have it, I have an extra week because a guest lecturer canceled. Can you think of any content that if not ...
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how to deal with difficult students who do not reply to teacher's email?

I hope all is well, I find myself in a situation where one student keeps a grim face when I teach. It seems he is not happy with the way I deliver the material. This makes me feel uncomfortable and it ...
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How does teaching experience help field experts to become more succesful?

I noticed that so many field experts in different disciplines (politicians, lawyers) become part-time teachers (next to their full-time job). I'm just wondering, how does (building up) teaching ...
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Is it necessary to obtain NOC for completing in-service Ph.D in India?

I have a problem related to my in-service Ph.D.: I completed my Ph. D course work in March 2017, joined as an assistant Professor on 16 November 2017, got my Ph.D registration on 14 December 2017 ...
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A potentially trans student is misgendered in university records. What should I do?

I have noticed* that an undergrad student in a course I teach has "female" written in the "gender" field in the university intranet database (used for course enrollment, grading, ...
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What to do if "fake students" attending the teaching demo of a tenure-track interview do not react to planned active learning techniques of the demo?

I am reading about the importance of the exhibition of active-learning techniques in the course of teaching demonstrations of tenure-track interviews. This paper frequently stresses on the usage of ...
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What useful teaching/administrative practices do lecturers disclose as additions to the course outline?

There have been a few answers and comments on this site where lecturers have noted some useful practices they implement in their teaching, which they disclose in the course outline. Usually this ...
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Is 600 hours of teaching per year a lot in Germany? What does it look like?

As a professor at a university of applied science in Germany, is 600 hours of teaching considered a lot? What does it look like? The job description says: Die Arbeitszeit beträgt grundsätzlich 40 ...
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Why does one need to be a certified teacher to teach at secondary level and lower, but not at tertiary level?

Wikipedia article on Certified Teacher In most countries one must be licensed to teach at pre-school, primary or secondary level. The process for acquiring the license typically involves taking and ...
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Can a professor / institution drop absent/non-contributing students from a course (any known precedent)? [closed]

In the scope of undergraduate college courses, is there any known precedent of being able to drop students from the course due to excessive absences without reason, lack of any real contribution, or ...
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The more I improve the quality of my course, the worse the student evaluation becomes. Should I provide low quality lectures?

For almost 6 years, I have given courses on different CS topics at my university. This year, I decided to make my lectures and tutorials for a specific master course as perfect as possible, so I and ...
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What is a healthy DFW rate? [closed]

DFW rate stands for the proportion of students in a class or group of classes who earn a D, an F, or Withdraw. This has become a trendy metric in recent years due, in part, to its negative correlation ...
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Teaching high school students as a career development

Some universities offer courses for high-performing high school students. These include advanced placement classes, but sometimes they are not integrated to any existing curriculum or standards. I am ...
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Replying to students' emails or ignoring irrelevant questions

I started teaching this year and what surprises me is how often students will just send you emails asking about stuff that I feel they should figure out by themselves. For instance, they will email me ...
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Encouraging questions during lectures yet handling particular student asking too many questions

I teach an advanced engineering undergrad class online and typically I love and encourage students to ask questions both by unmuting as well as over chat. I have never had this problem in earlier ...
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Group Versus Individual Assignments

Every spring (including the spring about to start), I teach an honors course that normally has an enrollment of about 25, with 15 to 20 of those coming from the top few percent of our students and the ...
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How many new ideas should notes or teaching material contain?

This video states that our brains can only hold 4 to 5 new things in working memory at any one time. If so, should notes or teaching material contain only 4 or 5 new ideas too?
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What's a good tool to help students perform peer review as a graded assignment?

I am teaching an academic writing course for grad students and part of the course content involves peer review activities on one another's writings. These peer reviews will receive a letter grade. Do ...
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Can I Teach for Free on Youtube? [closed]

I wonder if it is legal/acceptable to teach standard scientific material for free on youtube. The concern is about copyright issues. I assume that it is okay to upload youtube videos explaining ...
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Is removing variables from a public data set for non-scientific reasons a misconduct?

This question applies to both data set I generated from my own research and public data set I reproduce in teaching. Suppose in a data intensive course, I used a publicly available data set as an ...
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Teaching students to complain effectively about behavior of other faculty

I am an adjunct professor. For some reason, I seem to draw out student complaints about full-time faculty from the students. The complaints include: Slapping a student’s hand out of the way when the ...
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What is a nice phrase to use instead of "ladies and gentlemen" to be more inclusive? [closed]

I really like to use the phrase "ladies and gentlemen" while teaching. The reason is not necessarily to be formal, but to gather the attention to a particular point. For instance, I'd ...
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Mailing list or websites for remote teaching positions in universities [closed]

I'm currently a part time math lecturer in an engineering college in France, but I'm very much willing to teach undergraduate level math courses outside France. However, despite searching on usual ...
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Is it a good idea to lend or rent textbooks to students?

I teach in a college and I have a small annual fund allowing me to purchase textbooks. If I do not use this fund, it will expire every academic year and thus I am considering creative ways that I can ...
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Why do colleges attempt to teach students who lack prerequisite skills?

Inspired by Tutoring is depressing because my students are struggling too much with my exercises. What do I do? The text of that question says: I am a tutor for first year math majors at a European ...
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As a professor, what do you do when you are unable to answer a student's question?

As a PhD student, I want to be a professor in less than a decade, and I have a fear that I may never be able to learn enough to answer all kinds of questions you can get asked in a classroom you are ...
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How useful are university teaching certifications in faculty hiring?

The university I'm attending for gradaute school offers programs that give you official certification in university teaching. The program consists of taking teaching workshops, participating in ...
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When do new faculty find out about their teaching assignment? [closed]

I'm joining a US university as a tenure-track assistant professor in January. I was previously told that I will teach 1 undergraduate course in the spring semester which will start in the 2nd week of ...
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Is it normal for a professor to contact only one specific TA regarding the course?

I am one of the teaching assistants for a course with multiple TAs. However, the professor keeps sending all the important information regarding the course, like when the exams are, information about ...
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Comparing tools for plagiarism detection in writing

As a professor I’m planning to include more training about plagiarism in my courses to address some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings. What is your experience with such tools? My university ...
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I was asked to present a potential course outline for an associate prof. Position. Any advice?

I applied for an associate professor position in data science and new technologies. It was a real surprise when the committee chose me out of 16 persons to be the first among many. After 2 weeks of ...
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What term is used to refer to how teachers are allocated for each course?

A question about terminology here... When creating schedules or timetables for our school, the first thing we do is to allocate a teacher for each course that is to be given. Example: John will be ...
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Amount of Grading Done By Professors at Teaching-Focused Universities [closed]

In the future, I'm thinking about applying for tenure-track positions in Computer Science at teaching/undergraduate focused institutions. The kinds of places that usually have 3-3 teaching loads and ...
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On the "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances" in an academic job application?

As a part the required statement of teaching associated with an academic job application, I need to explain my "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances". I searched a bit and ...
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Is there a copyright in researchgate [closed]

If I upload my research to researchgate, will this guarantee me copyright? Because I sent my research there and I added it to the site with ease and no one has reviewed it before sending it.
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Department forcing me to teach a course even though my advisor has funds available to fund me from a grant

My advisor has funds for me to use for research from his grant so that I don't have to teach in my final semester. Unfortunately my department is denying the request and forcing me to teach a course ...
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Research request: faculty absences vs. student evaluations [closed]

I am looking for rigorous, empirical, and preferably but not necessarily peer-reviewed research on the relationship between faculty absences and student evaluations of teaching. Background: Teachers ...
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Was this teacher fair towards me? [closed]

So last week, I had to get a COVID test due to me being ill. However my teacher decided that because I wasn’t there, that I would get a zero on the assignment that was posted and I wouldn’t have a ...
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What high school subjects build strategic thinking? [closed]

I am trying to provide some guidance and incentive for a senior high school student showing a particular interest/strength in strategic thinking. They have asked me which subjects I think they could ...
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