Questions tagged [titles]

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

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PhD candidate vs PhD student

I see researchers working on their PhD calling themselves PhD Candidates, other call themselves PhD students. What's the difference between a PhD Candidate and a PhD Student? According to two ...
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How can one differentiate between Dr. (PhD) and Dr. (MD or DO)?

Reading the question posted here left me with a more general question: Given the professional title and name: Dr. (First Name)(Last Name), is there some way to differentiate between the holder of a ...
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When can you call yourself doctor?

I just passed my dissertation defense. This means there is nothing left but paperwork to get my doctorate. Among the various congratulations I've received a couple have termed me: Dr. My assumption ...
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Why is it customary to call people with doctoral degrees doctors but not people with masters degrees masters?

Why is it customary to call people with doctoral degrees doctors but not people with masters degrees masters? They are both graduate degrees that supersede the undergraduate degree.
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Is Mx. the default title for Male non-phd holders?

A journal drop-down menu for selecting a person's title has four options but none of them are Mr. (I definitely scrolled down enough.) As a male, non-PhD holder should I select Mx., or is this a ...
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Why is having multiple PhDs frowned upon?

I've often read that having more than one PhD is badly seen. Is there a good reason for this? Good obviously means with some kind of evidence to back it up beyond plain and simple "personal experience"...
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Can I call an assistant professor “Professor”?

My former teacher, who had done her PhD in a top-10 university in the UK in 2009, is an assistant professor in my former school. On the day when I visited my former school, I saw her at the school ...
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What is a good etiquette to correct a person using wrong title for me?

I currently have a masters degree in an engineering field and I don't currently have any PhD degrees (I may study for a doctorate degree in future). It happens that when I go to conferences or ...
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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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When can a person be called a PhD ABD?

Can one call oneself a PhD ABD (All But Dissertation) after completing all of the course work and working on the dissertation?
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What is a “running title”?

I'm about to submit a paper and the format requires a running title in addition to the actual title. What is it for, and is it supposed to be longer or shorter than the actual title? Should I ...
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Is it common to refer to someone as “Prof. Dr. [LastName]”?

I have generally only heard people refer to professors as either "Dr. Smith" or "Prof. Smith". However, I received an email that referred to the keynote speakers at a conference as "Prof. Dr. Smith". ...
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Dr. ‹First Name›: a good nickname or a “professional cancer”?

Is the informal Dr. ‹first name› something a starting academic should avoid? As my father was Dr. ‹my last name›, I have, since receiving my PhD, cultivated Dr. ‹my first name›. A senior colleague ...
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Should diacritics be kept when citing a paper written in an abundant diacritics Latin-based script language?

Diacritics, or tone marks (as what they're called in my language), are symbols added to letters to change their sound. For example, diacritics for the letter a in my language can be ă, â, à, á, ả, ã, ...
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What does “Prof. Dr. ir.” mean?

I have a Belgian colleague who is “Prof. Dr. ir.”. What does it mean?
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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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Is it okay to address “Prof. X” as “Mr. X”?

I am from the Netherlands. I have seen quite a few threads which address the question of whether or not it is acceptable to address a professor by their first name. However, none of them seem to ...
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Is it considered rude to address a PhD holder as sir or miss?

I suspect I might have offended some of my professors/lecturers and tutors by calling them sir or miss despite them holding a PhD. Edit (info provided in comment): I'm from Malaysia. We have our own ...
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Are postdoctoral scholars considered students or researchers in other countries?

I am currently working under a post-PhD (postdoc) scholarship. In my country (Argentina) I am usually considered still a student (although it's kind of a gray area). In other countries, would I ...
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Non-EU PhD title in Germany

I am a German PhD student in South America and am worried about whether my PhD title will be accepted in Germany (as Dr.) and internationally in general. If you successfully complete a PhD in the EU, ...
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What title to put on a professional business card, for a person with a PhD

Is there a correct or preferred format for indicating 'Dr' or 'PhD' (or both) on a professional business card. Background: I am employed in the industry and I have just earned my PhD (in social ...
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Research on relationship between how an instructor is addressed and students' evaluations of that instructor?

We've had several questions on this site along the lines of "What should students call me" or "What should I call my professor" (e.g How to sign your email to students, so to avoid their immature ...
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What education does one need to be called “Professor” in the United States of America?

What education does one need to be called "Professor" in the United States of America? A woman with a law degree in a junior college paralegal program insists on being called professor at a local ...
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When exactly are you “promoviert” in Germany?

In Germany, acquiring your doctoral degree usually involves the following steps (in that order): You hand in your thesis. The examiners review your thesis. You defend your thesis and possibly take an ...
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What do the Dutch academic titles “prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir.” mean?

Some Dutch academics - I think probably full professors with chairs - have a rather confusing string of abbreviated titles. One example is prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir. M.J. Plasmeijer, but many other examples ...
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Is it insulting to call a full professor Dr. Firstname Lastname in a non-academic event program?

I'm in charge of putting together an event program, for a non-academic (business) event. We have several academics presenting, from mainland Europe and the UK. In the agenda is it appropriate to ...
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How should I respond to being addressed as “Dr. [MyName]” when I don't have a PhD? [duplicate]

I am a researcher without a PhD. Because most people in my field do have PhDs, I sometimes get emails addressed to "Dr. [MyName]." How should I address this, if at all? I don't want to complain ...
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To whom is title “Professor Emeritus” given in the US?

Is the title given to those professors who have had a huge impact by their research and/or teaching and now on reaching the autumn of their career are less active in teaching and taking students but ...
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Is there an international taxonomy of academic titles/ranks?

Looking at the list of academic ranks on Wikipedia shows that the same academic rank/title can mean quite different things in different countries. For instant, a "research assistant" in the US can ...
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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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How to address a knighted academic?

How should I address a knighted academic in a letter or in an email? The person in question is a chancellor of a university, so the odds are that he has at least a PhD. He is a CEO of a multinational ...
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Is the title Ph.D. or Dr. meaningless in the sense that anyone can use it?

I know a businessman who has received a LOT of mileage off of using "Dr." and "Ph.D." with his name - in fact he puts it front and center. However, it turns out that he never had more than two years ...
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Pros and cons of having your doctoral degree on our ID

In Germany and Austria¹, it is possible to have your doctoral degree noted on your passport, official ID (Personalausweis) and similar documents of identification. Whether allowing this is a good ...
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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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Do details of my undergraduate title matter?

I'm a third-year undergraduate student yet to experience the graduate world. Currently, with the course choices I made, I can choose between two degree titles, namely “BSc Mathematics” or “BSc Applied ...
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May I call Samuel Johnson a PhD?

According to Wikipedia, Samuel Johnson was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1765 by Trinity College Dublin and in 1775 by Oxford University. Also, apparently people referred to him as "Dr Johnson" ...
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Should I include “visiting” in my visiting assistant professor, or just call myself assistant professor?

I have a visiting assistant professor (VAP) position, and that is how I list myself on academic sites like ResearchGate and LinkedIn. I have on more than one occasion, however, seen that people in ...
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What are the academic job ranks in Sweden?

Recently I read about a position as "universitetslektor" in a Swedish university. I did some research to figure out what this academic rank means. In my understanding it is similar to a lecturer in ...
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Formal Title for Someone with a Masters Degree? [duplicate]

We all know that someone with a doctorate is called a Doctor (or abbreviated as Dr.), is there a formal title for someone with a Masters degree? I've never heard someone refer to a person with a ...
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Honorific for someone who earned a PhD in philosophy itself?

I know that a PhD is now just used to mean doctorate, so what would a person who has a doctorate in philosophy be called?
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How should a new professor sign their name in emails to students?

I just finished my PhD and am starting an adjunct position at a local community college. I was responding to my first email from a student when I came across a problem I've never had before: I don't ...
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How to address an Oxford/Cambridge full-time lecurer who is not a Ph.D.?

I am currently writing an e-mail to a member of Oxbridge staff. He is a "lecturer," full-time staff, who co-ordinates a well-known program, but does not hold a PhD, only an MA. I can't call him "Dr. ...
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Translating British faculty titles into American equivalents

A recent job posting at a British university has specified available openings at multiple levels: lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, and professor. However, it's not clear how to map these titles to ...
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What's my professional title while working full time on my PhD?

After encountering a few official forms to fill out (tax, medical, linkedin, job applications), I don't know what my official job title is during my PhD. There doesn't seem to be a standard for this. ...
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How should someone with a German PhD be addressed in the UK?

This question has been discussed several times but there doesn't seem to be a clear answer for my particular situation. I have a Dr.rer.nat from Germany but currently I am working for an institute in ...
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What does “DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr.” in a professor's title mean?

I've got to cite the author of a text and her full title is Jeanne Brett, DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations; Director of the Dispute ...
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If I receive an “honorary doctorate” from a reputable university, would it be wrong to refer to myself as “doctor”?

If I receive an honorary doctorate, would it be appropriate for me to refer to myself as though I had received a standard doctorate? For example: Dr. Horse Hair, Horse Hair, PhD, etc? Would I select ...
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What does the title “Burgerlijk ingenieur” in Belgium mean?

I finished the Master of Science and got my diploma in Belgium. Before obtaining my Masters, I did a Bachelor's in Architecture in Serbia. Altogether I studied six years (4+2). "The holder of this ...
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What's the correct order of writing for a MSc. and a Dipl.-Ing. degree? (e.g. on a business card)

I finished my (german) Dipl.-Ing. (FH) degree after 4 1/2 years of studying. After that I started to work and studied parallel via a correspondence course. I'll now shortly (hopefully ;-) ) have the ...
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How should a job title be translated?

When you introduce yourself to an international audience and come from an non-US system, there always is an awkward moment of translating your job title into a form recognizable by the people you ...