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On standards or conventions specific to the United States higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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Home Assistance Program in state/private universities for faculty: expensive cities in california, NY etc [closed]

I have several offers to work for R1 universities in California, NY, and other US states. I found the University of California has a home loan program (e.g., lower mortgage rate) for employees (e.g. ...
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How do I find funded humanities PhDs in the US or Europe?

I am a final-year Master's student with professional experience of 7 years working in gender and development field. I am liking the subject of study and want to pursue a PhD in gender and development ...
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Is it possible to retract an acceptance for a full time lecturer position?

I'm a 4-year (most likely 4.5-year) experimental psychology PhD student who just got an offer to be a visiting lecturer at a regional branch of a major university in the United States. They gave me ...
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(United States) How to find a master of education/teaching program where the student-teaching internship/practicum part has the most academic freedom? [closed]

If you want to experiment on specific pedagogies or actually figure out what works by experiment, you need a bit of academic freedom, and not the salaried teacher dictating the teaching or telling you ...
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I did not have advanced calculus and statistics in my undergraduate (B.com (hons)), do I still qualify to apply for Econ PhD in US universities? [duplicate]

My undergraduate was in B.com (Hons) from the University of Delhi, India and later, my MSc in Public Policy from the University College London (UCL). In my undergraduate, I took courses like Business ...
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Applying for Computer Science PhD in US after thesis-based MS in Canada [closed]

I'm currently doing MS in Computer Science in Canada as an international student and planning to apply for a PhD program in USA after completing my MS. The reason I chose an MS after BS was that I ...
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Are US-based research publishers not allowed to publish research papers from some institutions/firms?

Are US-based research publishers not allowed by US law/regulation to publish research papers whose authors are affiliated with some institutions/firms? Assume that no money or other form of financial ...
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Why such apathy towards double-counting of courses?

Many universities in the US disallow double-counting courses for double-major students. Why is that? The course content is basically the same, right?
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Do US Graduate Admission Committee review and assess International Applicants country-wise?

To be specific, my application field is physics. And I am from a country where students are aggressive on standardized tests like gre's since we put much emphasis on training for these tests. I was ...
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Implications of being accepted without funding to a computer science PhD in the United States?

I was accepted into Ohio State University CS PhD without funding. I have heard that people who can show their capability may get funding after getting into the program. Is this understanding correct? ...
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Does being an older PhD applicant for U.S. universities mean there is less chance to be accepted with funding?

I have heard this idea many times. So, is there any truth to it? Does an older applicant, say, 10 years older than the typical undergraduate, with equally impressive qualifications, get accepted to ...
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In the US, can a college require a student to purchase an access code to turn in homework?

A friend of mine is attending a nursing program in the state of Washington. I was surprised to learn that her college is forcing everyone in the program to purchase an "e-access code" for a ...
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How appreciated is "Part III" in the US?

I will complete an MSc in physics, including a thesis, this year. I have received an offer for a 9 month taught math master's course at Cambridge called Part III, although I don't yet have a funding ...
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Academics in the USA that were sponsored for H1B visa, can you tell me about your experience? How long did it take, how was the process?

I am currently being sponsored for the H1B and my proposed start date is mid-August. I am not sure about the feasibility of this as most websites say it takes around 3-8 months to obtain the H1B. Can ...
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Under what circumstances is it appropriate to have video cameras as part of exam proctoring?

When professors proctor exams, part of our job is to answer student questions and clarify the exam, and part of our job is to prevent/catch cheating. At my university in the USA, there is also a "...
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Green card sponsorship policies and timeline for tenure track faculty

I would like to find out about "industry standards" for when, and on what timeline, US universities will sponsor applications for permanent residency (aka green card) for new tenure-track ...
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Is there no liberal arts "school" that is also a research "school"?

Note: Using "school" as an alternative word, because "college" and "university" have different implications for degree level awarded, at least in the US. Edit: apparently ...
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Finding the equivalent title/position of "Oberassistent II" in both the US and in the Italian university system

What is the equivalent title/position of the Swiss "Oberassistent II" in both (or at least one of the following) the US university system? the italian university system? I have heard that, ...
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Are there any statistics as to the percentage of European students getting a PhD from the USA and then getting employed?

I have a feeling that US PhD degrees (or, at least, a US PostDoc after a PhD from the EU) are valued more in the EU than EU PhD degrees. However, I cannot prove that. Are there any statistics as to ...
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How to move forward after microaggression allegations against my TA

Context: I am an associate professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am teaching multiple sections of a general-education mathematics course this fall, and I have an ...
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Is there generally a relationship between a dept's research grant numbers and the teaching loads they give PhD students?

To me, one of the most important factors that differentiates a good PhD program in the US and a bad one is the teaching expectations placed on the student. In some departments, PhD students are ...
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Is it considered unusual in the United States for a professor to run a class outside on the grass?

An American professor lectured in our university about American higher education. He mentioned that the university environment is not limited to formal education (what is the case in Europe more or ...
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Cover letter for a postdoc position [closed]

I want to write to a professor for a postdoc position (advertised). I have read her recent paper that I wish to discuss in my cover letter. Is it ok to write her about additional experiments that ...
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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

I will apply to both industry and academia while graduating with a PhD in math, but I'd prefer the industry. The deadline to commit for the academia position is very early (end of Winter?). But one ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

I am an undergrad currently finishing up a research internship at a Department of Energy national laboratory. I've enjoyed my time here, and I want to work at a national lab post-PhD. With my PhD ...
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Second Master in Finance Engineering (US)

I hold a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from a top university (in Europe). I will finish soon a Master degree in Computer Science in another top university, but with a very strong focus on ...
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Official Transcripts From Indian University

Most of the US graduate programs I'm applying to require official transcripts sent in a sealed envelope from the issuing university itself and not by the candidate. I visited my registrar office and ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

My understanding of the first-year calculus/linear algebra in the U.S. is that: students basically only need to memorize all kinds of math formulas instead of theories (even for theorems, for example ...
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Whom to take recommendation letter from if master thesis advisor never replied?

I am from a poor country in Asia . I will apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics in USA in the upcoming year. I completed my masters in mathematics in June 2020 but I am still not able to find a ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

I asked one of my professors, who I had a great relationship with, to write me a LoR for a fellowship. They're not my advisor. I had informed them of this 2 months prior to the LoR deadline. They ...
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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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Institution wide style guides for theses - rationale and context

Under this answer here on Academia StackExchange, Xander Henderson and I observed that there seems to be a large difference between the United States and, for instance, Germany regarding how specific ...
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Salary for math professors at 4-year liberal arts colleges?

I am working on the latter half of my PhD in mathematics at a mid-ranked university, and I am beginning to think about what kind of career I would like to have after I graduate. I am leaning towards a ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

I'm an undergraduate from a non-academic background. I have a personal interest in researching about some ethnic minorities, and came across a Routledge Handbook that focuses on that topic. The author ...
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Coming back to finish my PhD after 4 years

Four years ago, I withdrew from my Ph.D. program for several reasons. I had passed all exams and only needed to write and present my disertation, I had a 4.0 GPA, several publications under my belt ...
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How to discuss a women's college mission while applying for a job there?

I'm applying for a job at an elite women's liberal arts college, which is part of a co-ed group of liberal arts colleges where students can easily take classes at any of these colleges (in the ...
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How does finishing my bachelor's degree in 4 years affect my academic career? [closed]

I started university early and some unexpected events happened and my first year wasn't so great, however, I have high scores like +100/110 and a very good CV with work experience and research papers. ...
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background check before interviews

Is it normal to have a background check before having an on-site interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position in US?
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Are tenure-track applicants background checked?

What's the standard procedure in tenure-track jobs when it comes to "background checks"? Do they call my current employer or is it limited to a "criminal background check"?
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

I am a PhD student about to graduate from a university in Western Europe, and recently I have received two postdoctoral job offers - one in Beijing and another in Los Angeles, and I find it hard to ...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA and the UK successfully run without government (either state or federal) funding? By "government funding," I mean any kind of ...
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Only one co-supervisor is supervising, but my project is in other co-supervisor's field

I'm currently a PhD student at a US-based university in electrical engineering. I started my PhD in 2021 with co-supervisors A1 and B1. However, I found working with A1 and B1 to be very difficult due ...
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How are US schools prioritizing students from India over China?

Source The Institute of International Education, which publishes annual reports on international students, has found that U.S. schools are prioritizing students from India over China, especially for ...
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Can a university rescind written offer after they are signed?

I have received a written offer from a US university (University A) for a tenure track position which I signed and returned after agreeing on all the negotiating terms. However, I have not heard back ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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What is the percentage of recent graduates with a 4-year degree who have passed a Calculus I course?

I'm fairly certain that this exact statistic doesn't exist, so educated estimates are welcome. According to the Education Data Initiative, almost exactly 2 million Americans graduated with a bachelor'...
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Strategizing Post-Undergraduate Career Path for Aspiring Physics Doctoral Student [closed]

I'm a senior undergraduate physics student who hoped to attend graduate school starting next fall, but who was unfortunately not admitted to any in this admissions cycle. I remain very interested in ...
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Is expanding post-doc research idea independently as a faculty a good idea?

I am currently a postdoc in the US, and will likely become a STEM tenure-track assistant professor at an R1 university. Background. During my postdoc, I was working on a project that was unsuccessful ...
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How do I best identify weak points in myself along a path to academia

I will be graduating from university (in the states) this semester with a bachelors in physics and mathematics. I applied for physics PhD programs (in the states) this cycle and obtained a few ...
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Reaching back out to PIs of interest to inquire about PhD application status

I'm a senior undergraduate student awaiting (physics) PhD program application decisions. I spent a chunk of last summer writing to and, occasionally, informally interviewing with PIs of interest, and ...

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