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How many hours of teaching do "12 taught US credits per academic year" correspond to?

It looks like that "12 taught US credits per academic year" is a common teaching load in research universities. However, I am not able to find the correspondence between "1 taught US ...
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Navigating Student Health Accommodations: A Delicate Balance

I occasionally encounter situations where students present medical notes from their doctors, citing conditions like headaches or general anxiety. These diagnoses often rely on the students' self-...
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My colleague took my teaching materials to use as their own. What should I do?

I am a postdoc and for the past several years I have been teaching a course for which I have designed all of the lectures, seminars, reading lists, etc. A new colleague joined our faculty last year as ...
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Is there any ethical problem with a tiered grading system?

I am currently teaching undergraduate level courses in mathematics and engineering in a university in the United States. My university requires us to go through some training on how to make our ...
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Career impact of bad performance at visiting instructor position?

This is probably the last question I'm going to ask for a while. This can also be considered a follow up to this post I made two months ago: Could my visiting instructor position be terminated due to ...
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How can I explain the complex ethics of AI to third-year college students? [closed]

Recently, a decision was made to allow the removal of AI-generated content in response to a letter from Moderators at Stack Exchange. This type of AI-generated content is increasingly used in response ...
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Free alternative to kahoot live quizzes?

Is there any free (ideally open-source) alternative to Kahoot for making live quizzes? I used to like Kahoot for live classroom quizzes, but recently they've changed their pricing model to only allow ...
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Adjust grading policy mid-course to improve attendance?

I'm teaching a math course and have traditionally not enforced attendance, instead allocating 5% of the course grade to in-class participation (questions and answers), which maintained satisfactory ...
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Will I be facing entitled students everywhere?

I work at a small regional university in the United States. Teaching takes up a significant portion of my time and energy, but I still enjoy it. I primarily teach undergraduate courses in math and ...
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I made an inappropriate joke in my class. Should I apologize or just let it be? [duplicate]

I am teaching introductory calculus, physics and programming to engineering students at a local college. Yesterday, at the end of a long day which involved a lot of programming, I ended up making a ...
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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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How can I teach a graduate seminar with two students (who are not from my department)?

I am teaching a PhD seminar (in social science) with only two students, both of whom are from other departments that are not very relevant to my field. I need to assume that they know nothing about ...
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Asking a professor for materials before the course

Next semester I will be at another university taking several subjects. I want to ask the professors there for the materials they use in class before my arrival, so that I can study them before the ...
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Regaining trust in the graduate school system? R2 Ph.D student with a history of getting burned by my Master's and PhD programs [closed]

I know I've posted a fair amount on this site but to briefly introduce myself, I'm a 4th year doctoral candidate in Experimental Psychology with an accepted Master's from a regional college in ...
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What should you do when asked by the chair to raise course grade distribution when the students do not deserve it?

I am an adjunct in a reputable North American university. It is my first semester teaching an upper-year/beginning graduate-level course. A student raised a complaint against me to the chair of the ...
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Using another professor's slides for my course

I teach economics at an Indian University and recently came across some good publicly available lecture slides by another professor (US R1 University). I would like to share the slides with my ...
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How do professors and teachers develop critical thinking? [closed]

I'm in medical school and I am always puzzled by professors and teachers, specifically Sal from Khan Academy, due to how they can deeply understand the subjects and can understand anything. It's like ...
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How many new course preps before tenure (R1, US, Humanities)?

I'm a humanities researcher at an R1 university, just a few years into the tenure track. So far, the job's been pretty dominated by prep for my courses. I've been getting better at it, but there's no ...
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Appropriate/smart ways to decline students' requests of "begging for better grades" at the end of the semester without being too hurtful

Normally at the end of semester, there are always a couple of students begging for better grades. Let me just list a few sample cases: Case 1: I worked really hard during the semester. I attended all ...
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Interviewing Questions on Teaching

I've got an interview for tenure-track teaching jobs at an R1 and liberal arts college in the US. As part of the application, they've seen a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, 3 syllabi, and ...
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What did teachers write on before the invention of the chalkboard?

I read that the chalkboard was invented in the 19th century in the UK. What did teachers write on before the invention of the chalkboard?
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Department head has requested I lower student grades [duplicate]

I’ve been teaching a 4th year business elective for the past 8-years. Grades for my class generally range from about 57% - 94%, with the average at 86%. This current teaching year, the chair of my ...
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It is rude to offer a teacher the study guide you made for their class?

Is it rude to offer my professor a study guide I made for their class? I throughly enjoyed his class but the class he is teaching is extremely hard being it is a premed requirement. I made a study ...
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How do I tell the SLAC where I am visiting that I would like to not teach next semester? [duplicate]

I'm a fourth year student in Experimental Psychology who is dealing with major, unresolved mental health issues and major problems fulfilling my basic responsibilities. I'm finding myself under-...
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How do I identify and deal with waste-of-time assignments?

I'm a college student with an interest in tutoring and eventually teaching. I spend a lot of time in class watching my classmates get confused and thinking of better ways to teach the material; I ...
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Could my visiting instructor position be terminated due to low course reviews? Full time instructor position is not going well at all

I'm a fourth year doctoral student in Applied Experimental Psychology who earned a Master's prior to enrolling in my program (which my Ph.D program accepted on full). Long story short, my funding ran ...
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Tutoring Unfamiliar Material

Context: I've been tutoring in software development for the better part of this year. I've been a hobbyist and student software engineer for the last 3 years and I have decent experience in a few ...
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How to not feel guilty when reporting possible misconduct during exam/coursework as a teacher?

I am teaching a small class in my university. This is my first time, and as I am still a PhD student and the university was missing a teacher, I ended being selected to present it. It is a programming ...
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Student requests my presence while doing evaluation without grades

As a private tutor, a student has requested my presence during an evaluation that does not involve assigning grades. I'm unsure about the ethical implications of this. Could the community provide ...
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What is a "pedagogical reflection" in a teaching statement?

I am in the process of applying for an academic position in Europe. They have asked for a short pedagogical reflection in teaching statement, but I do not understand that. In the college that I am ...
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Advice on class teaching as a beginner with public-speaking anxiety

I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics and I am teaching a first year undergraduate tutorial-style class. I have done lots of one-on-one tutoring before and quite enjoyed it, but I am struggling ...
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How to handle a students' complaint of my teaching method?

I feel an international student has a grudge against me and has complained about me regarding my teaching methods etc. during lectures and that I read off the slides which I really don’t. The thing is,...
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Is it a good idea to email underperforming students?

Is it a good idea to email underperforming students? I am teaching an upper division class and a midterm is coming up. I looked at homework scores and noticed a few students who were not doing well. I ...
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What are examples of appropriate/smart strategies for professors to approach/deal with unmotivated students in class? [duplicate]

When I teach lower level undergraduate math classes (mandatory for general science/eigineering majors), there are always students wearing a dull expression and staying silent all the time. I can feel ...
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Is taking tests after each lecture a good idea?

Suppose I deliver a 1.5-hour lecture on Python programming on each Monday. Generally, the passing criteria is to take a comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. What if I eliminate the final ...
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Tutoring programs who accept teenagers [closed]

I am a 14-year-old college freshman at California State University Los Angeles. I want to get work experience so that my resume would look nice when I apply for jobs, and I think I would be a big shot ...
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Made a joke in poor taste without thinking in front of students. Is there anything I can do to salvage myself?

I am currently a full-time instructor at a SLAC and am teaching a two intro sections and a sports-psychology section. In my sports-psychology class today, I noticed that one of the emergency windows ...
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Can I pursue a PhD program that is different from my MA?

I have a Master's Degree in Translation, and I am wondering if it's possible to pursue a PhD in TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language). They're in the same field, but different programs.
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ABD candidate who developed cognitive deficits. Current functioning level is "borderline" with average intelligence. Is there a way to navigate this?

I'm a fourth year neurodivergent doctoral candidate who is also an instructor for this academic year (one year contract). I have had a tendency to make a fair amount of posts related to my struggles (...
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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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Is it normal, advisable and safe to work as a teacher in the UK (Scotland) without a contract?

While I am not an expert on the legal subject, I understand it is legal to work without a contract in the UK (although not very advisable as it is harder to defend your right). My University was ...
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In the U.S., is it appropriate for math professors to ask students to rewrite their messy (poorly handwritten) homework to be graded?

Many students write their math homework assignments in a messy, barely readable way. When I was a student TA/grader, I didn't have the right to ask them to rewrite them. But as a math instructor, I ...
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Should a TA position which requires teaching a class offer more money than one that doesn't?

I am currently a PhD student (international) at a University in the US (TX). I was offered a TA position, however the position requires me to work as an instructor of the course. I worked before as ...
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Dealing with entitled students

I am a new adjunct professor at a US university teaching calculus. I had a student complain during my first lecture and tell me that the order in which I was covering the material was wrong and that ...
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Guidance Needed on Teaching an Infinite Class

I am an instructor for a local CS class (online). We are trying something new. We are offering a 17 week program for CS (programing). The program is divided into 3 sections of 5 weeks each and then 2 ...
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Context based teaching

In areas such as information and computer science, what is meant by teaching in different contexts? I have noticed some teaching positions require a document detailing contexts one has taught in. I ...
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Are TAs supposed to get paid for hours it takes to grade?

I help students in a lab for 10 hours a week then have to grade their labs every other week. Does anyone know what the norm is? Are they supposed to assign grading hours for you as well?
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Should I include high school teaching activities in an academic CV?

I am a PhD student in economics. Before starting the PhD, I graduated with an MA in engineering. During my MA, I worked as a high school teacher in computer science. Should I list this activity on my ...
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Presenting teaching experiences and teaching plans in job talk

I have received an invitation to give a job talk for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in at a Agriculture university (U.S.). The position entails 80% research and 20% teaching ...
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Is it a problem if a professor doesn't release exam statistics?

This class is a natural science course and has 3 exams which total up to about half of the grade. Students have taken all three of the exams, and it is practically the end of the semester. There are ...
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