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Regarding the appropriate titles or post-nominal letters to use, given an individual's academic status.

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When to use the title "Professor" if employed at different academic positions in different countries

I have a curious question. I am employed as a Chair Professor and a Professor of Practise at a recognised University in India and I am also employed as a Lecturer at a recognised University in the UK. ...
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How to deal with ABD misrepresenting self as Dr [closed]

I supervise an employee who insists on being called Dr. in emails and on social media, but is ABD (all but dissertation) from about a decade ago. How have people handled such situations? I was ...
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How to concisely describe your field when your work is very interdisciplinary?

I am a PhD student struggling to identify myself as belonging to a specific discipline. I am always having to introduce myself but never know what to say or write. Any ideas?? The context is often in ...
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What is the best title of an email that gives news and updates? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student. Since a long time I did not email my supervisor. Thus, I want to text him but I did not know which email that should be written in the title.
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Is it OK to specify your school next to your "Ph.D."?

Is it OK to specify your school next to your "Ph.D.": in your email signature, in the title of your web site, etc. For example, John Smith, PhD (Harvard) Edit: added united-states, because ...
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If I have a German doctorate (“Dr. X”), can I call myself “X, PhD” in Germany?

As far as I understand, In the USA, they use "X, PhD." The rest of the world use "Dr. X." In Germany, they use the latter form. If someone completes an interdisciplinary (...
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Common practice for references to oeuvres with multiple titles

Many historical oeuvres are known by multiple names and/or multiple variations of each name. For example: The title of Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur was originally written as Le morte Darthur, ...
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How to sign a professional email as a retired professor in two departments . .

Wise colleagues, I am in need of your counsel, please. I am a retired professor requiring clarification on how to sign a professional email. Although I am happily retired, there remain certain ...
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Title for a non-PhD researcher?

I do not have a PhD, nor am I pursuing one, in the United Kingdom. What title could I be given, if I worked as a paid researcher at a university, but I was not a PhD student or PhD graduate? The level ...
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How to check if a person is faculty - confusing titles in UK academia

I am a master's student in physics, from outside the UK and I'm not familiar with the academic hierarchy/titles in the UK. I am working (remotely) with an academic from a prominent UK university, and ...
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BSc Hons and MRPHARMS on business cards after names

I am about to have cards of introduction made. Should both Bsc Hons and MRPharms be added after my name or just MRPharms to reflect I have a pharmacy degree and also have a membership of the ...
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What is the equivalent of the Mexican distinction "Titulo de Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales" in the U.S. higher education system?

An individual has a degree from a technology institute in Mexico. His diploma says, "El Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico otorga a [name] el titulo de Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales." In ...
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Job Titles at German Universities - Proper English Counterparts?

At universities in Germany, there are the following standardized job titles that I find difficult to express in English in a useful manner: Studentische Hilfskraft: a student who does not yet hold a ...
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Is it petty to expect people to use your title in a professional setting?

As a general rule, I'm a laid back person and don't take life too seriously. So while I have a PhD, let's say, I don't wave around. (So much so that my PhD scroll hasn't been framed yet). I work ...
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Can I use Researcher in XXX as a job title instead of formal position?

I plan to apply positions after getting my phd degree. Between graduation and getting a formal job, I am going to use "researcher in xxx" as a job title. Actually, I plan to use it after ...
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How to compare academic ranks between Australia and North American countries?

In Australia, academic ranks for a balanced position is usually broken down into 5 pay-scales (A Associate lecturer, B Lecturer, C Senior Lecturer, D Associate Professor, and E Professor), which ...
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Under which conditions can a person use the title of "Professor"?

Is it enough to hold a contract as professor (be it a major university), to use this title in official communications? What are the rules (also unwritten rules) in your country? I am interested also ...
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I am an assistant professor. In an email, how should I address an associate professor in a different university with no prior contact?

I am an assistant professor outside the US. I want to email an associate professor in another university in the US, who I haven't talked to before. He's American. It's just because I want to discuss ...
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Why do some professors have a company name in front of their title, e.g. Samsung Professor? [duplicate]

For example, Professor Stephen Boyd - Samsung Professor, Professor Paul Newman - BP Professor Does it mean said company pays that professor's salary? Does that professor have any obligations towards ...
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What is the meaning of the academic title "Karsh."?

I have recently started my work at a new institute. One of the employees there is from Iran. Their academic title is "Karsh." and "Karsh.A.". A short Google search revealed that &...
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Order of name and title in references of CV

Since the references in a CV includes a few names of people and their titles, I would like to put them in an alphabet order. Note that in my country, family names are always put first, for example: ...
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Combining two problems/topics in a thesis title

Recently, my PhD supervisor suggested that I should start finishing my PhD. There are several necessary organizational steps, but the most important part is likely that I should summarize the ...
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What is a PhD *in*?

I have been offered a place as a PhD student in an English-speaking university, however, I'm a little concerned that the department may be a bit broad and generic (not the project though; it appeals ...
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Mixed use of titles in dissertation acknowledgment

I would of course use Prof. and Dr. in front of the names of committee members and other professors who I call by Prof. and Dr. in real life. But what about your “peers” who have doctorates? For ...
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How should I style my German doctoral title in English documents?

I hold a Dr. rer. nat. title from the computer science institute at a German university. I am now writing a job application that I will send to a German organization, but since it has many ...
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Change title of the manuscript in arXiv

I have written a paper and posted that in arXiv. The paper is cited once and I have cited roughly 40 manuscripts in my paper. I am now thinking that the title of my paper is not fully representing ...
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PhD Student/Candidate distinction - European/French universities

I read an interesting topic entitled "PhD candidate vs. PhD Student". I understood that the distinction between the use of those terms is strongly linked to the structure of PhD programs in ...
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How serious of a mistake it is to accidentally addressed a grad school admissions director as Miss instead of Ms?

I am applying to a grad school in the US and I am asking application questions through emails. In one of the emails, I accidentally addressed the admissions director as Miss, even though the title of ...
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Confusion over choosing title/role while applying for a position

I am working as a project assistant in a lab in India. My role is similar to that of what a research assistant does in academia. But I'm not familiar with the use of the title 'project assistant' in ...
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Is it wrong to call yourself Dr First_Name Last_Name when you have a Professional Doctorate such as DTech or DBA and not a PhD or MBBS?

Is it wrong to call yourself Dr First_Name Last_Name when you have a Professional Doctorate such as DTech or DBA and not a PhD or MBBS?
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Is MSc the same as MSc (Eng)?

I have a master's degree in the UK, titled MSc Advanced Materials Engineering. I would like to know if it would be correct to put MSc (Eng) as a post-nominal? There is no clear guidance. By using ...
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What does “resident” mean in title like “resident mathematician”?

What does resident mean in title like resident mathematician? And what are the main subjects where resident is attached to a title? For example, does a resident statistician exist? Or a resident ...
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Is a Research Assistant/Associate in UK equivalent to a Post Doctorate elsewhere?

I am at the verge of completing my PhD in South Africa, and I started applying for Post PhD positions around the world. However, I am a little bit disturbed by all the therminology of academic titles ...
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When is an academic a -sensei and when is he/she a -hakase?

I'm not Japanese, and I've been emailed by someone who is Japanese, in the context of potential academic collaboration. He's in industry, not academia. He used the "-sensei" honorific to refer to me, ...
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Synonym for the job title of assistant professor

I often go to meetings and professional events outside academia. I am meeting new people all the time, and most of them are not acquainted with academic ranks and job titles. It happens often that ...
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Who is an Academic Associate? [closed]

I've recently shifted my career to teaching at University, and I am quite not familiar with the post I am assigned, from the answers what I have read for entry-level Assitant Professor and Associate ...
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Employment history: job title

I am currently filling out an application for a lecturer position in the UK, which includes a section on employment history. Previously I was employed at a Russian university where my official job ...
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What's a proper title when I started a post-doc position but not received my PhD degree yet?

I finished my Ph.D. research in computer science a few months ago and started writing my dissertation. Meanwhile, I applied for a postdoc position before my Ph.D. fund could run out. So, I found and ...
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Should I adress myself as a doctor (Ph.D.) when I am only waiting for the diploma to be signed? [duplicate]

I have publicly defended my doctoral thesis over a year ago now, and it is published online. I have also finished all the other doctoral studies that are required for a Ph.D. in my field (I have an ...
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Is there any benefit of being treated as "professor" by students and admin?

I just joined a faculty as assistant professor, at a university in South America. The admin team and students treat me as "professor". Moreover, because the official language is Spanish, people refer ...
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How should I refer to PIs in a statement of purpose (US)?

I am applying for PhD programs at graduate schools in the US and I am wondering how I should refer to researchers that I name in my statement of purpose? In particular, I am wondering whether to refer ...
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Guest Lecturer title

I am IT Director of a Company and I'm regularly invited by Italian universities to do lectures on Innovation or Information Systems, usually 5/6 lectures per year. Can I claim University Guest ...
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Is it advisable to publish a paper with the same name as your thesis?

I am about to submit my MSc thesis which is written in the shape of a paper manuscript plus introduction, extended conclusions and the appendix. My research group encourages this format to streamline ...
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Is a Bachelor's sufficient to claim being an "engineer" in countries with Engineer's degrees? [closed]

Here in Peru, a Bachelor's degree recipient can do an additional thesis to earn an Engineer's degree to be recognized as an engineer. Some Bachelor's degree holders have been calling themselves ...
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How should one address people with titles Dr. and Professor? [closed]

How should one address people with titles Dr. and Professor from Canada.
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Teaching Fellow vs. Postdoc

I would like to continue with my academic path but, the last year, I've been conducting mainly research activity with no teaching assignments. I would like to build up my portfolio to gain some ...
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Naming of subchapters which deal with same topic in different case

Is there any naming convention or strategy for subchapters, if they are about the same phenomenon but observed within a different case? Let's say my structure looks as follows: 4.1 Usage of Software-...
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How should an administrative assistant reply to student addressing them as "Professor" or "Doctor"?

As an administrative assistant at a major university, I regularly field questions from prospective applicants and students. Occasionally, in response to my reply the author will address me as "...
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Can I call myself an assistant professor without a PhD?

I've recently gotten a job as lecturer and economics course module developer at a new university this fall. The position is intended as permanent. There is opportunity for funded research but that isn'...
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What is the proper designation for someone who has not finished their master's degree?

If a person has completed their course work but has not submitted their dissertation or capstone project. what can you call them if they are teaching a class or course at an academic institution?

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