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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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 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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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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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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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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What does “Prof. Dr. ir.” mean?

I have a Belgian colleague who is “Prof. Dr. ir.”. What does it mean?
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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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What salutation to use for someone with a PhD who is a Lecturer or Reader in the UK?

What is the correct salutation to use when writing to someone with a PhD whose academic title is Lecturer or Reader in the UK? (A related question addresses the case of a Lecturer without a PhD.)
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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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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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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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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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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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How an assistant professor is called in North America?

We've had discussions on this site about the German tradition of Prof. Dr., but I'm unclear on how it maps over to the North American academy. My question, therefore, is whether a North American ...
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Principal Research Scientist vs. Senior Research Scientist?

I notice that some schools, e.g., MIT EECS, has these two non-faculty appointments, Principal Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist. At least true for MIT EECS: Both of them, just as ...
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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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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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What are duties for jobs like Professor, Lecturer, Research Scientist, Research Assistant, and Research Fellow in the UK (Oxford)?

In Oxford's job website (here and here), I see positions including Professor, University Lecturer, Departmental Lecturer, Research Scientist, Research Assistant, and Research Fellow. What are the ...
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How to address a Dr. des.?

How do you address a Dr. des. (Doctor designatus), for example in e-mails? Dr. John Doe Dr. des. John Doe John Doe …?
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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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Should I change the title in my passport to Dr. after getting PhD

In many places, a title column is asked where I fill Mr. After getting my PhD can I "officially" change it to Dr.? Is this country dependent? I want to know about India, DrUK and US.
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Is it correct to refer to a neurosurgeon with many scholarly publications as a “scientist”?

This may be off-topic here; if so, I'd appreciate suggestions for where else to post it. I recently got into a disagreement with someone regarding Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon who has recently ...
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How to address a doctoral candidate who is ABD (All but Dissertation)? Is “Dr” appropriate?

How does one address a doctoral candidate who completed all his/here requirements except the dissertation? Would they be referred to as Doctor? Or is there another title? In the past, I believe I've ...
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When I call a person doctor

If I call a person doctor, instead of Doctor XXX, will this person assumes that I forget his name? When I talk with another person, I said:" I wish to study in doctor's lab." At that time, the doctor ...
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I have a UK DClinPsy. Can I use a plain 'Dr.' title in Germany? [duplicate]

A resposible german executive body (Kultusministerkonferenz) decided that certain doctorates from the EU grant the right to use the title 'Dr.': Inhaber von in einem wissenschaftlichen ...
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I'm RAing for a friend who's a professor at my school. How should I address him in conversations about the research?

I returned to school a few years ago to earn the grades I needed to get into medical school; consequently, I'm the same age as some new professors. One of my acquaintances from a sports club I belong ...
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What is a Pro-Chancellor?

I was looking at a document describing setting arrangements for a ceremony and ran into the phrase: The president of the Student Guild shall sit in the front row, with the Vice-chancellor, the ...
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What is the meaning of “Samuel C. Collins Professor”?

I would like to know the specific meaning of Samuel C. Collins Professor in the above screenshot. It is a title for MIT faculties or the award with the same name (Samuel C. Collins)? Or something else?...
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How to address a professor in an office setting

I will be working at a private company as an engineer (but in a heavily research oriented team), and I just learned the contact information of my manager. I will be sending an email to introduce ...