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Logistics of job offer negotiation

My question about the logistics of negotiating academic job offers (in particular salary) is two-folded. Is it best: to simply point which items of an offer can the department improve on (e.g. salary,...
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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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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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Is there any chance I can be accepted into a good graduate physics program without any bachelor's? [closed]

I am someone who did plenty of self-study in physics and has learned pretty much the entire undergraduate physics curriculum by himself. I have plenty of evidence to prove this (including a physics ...
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Does having qualifying exam subjects on my transcript help? (Math)

For context, I am a international (undergrad) student in mathematics willing to apply to a pure math PhD program in the U.S. this year. Recently I've been interested in commutative algebra and ...
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Different strategies to mentioning the need for negotiating a faculty position in the US

Today I received a written offer from a great US department in my field (Biology) and still did not reply to the email. I want to start negotiations about a few points in that offer, but I need also a ...
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In the U.S. academia, why do many institutes never send rejection letters for postdoc positions (to save the hassling of inquiries from applicants)?

As far as I know, many, if not most institutes in United States never send rejection letters for postdoc positions. As a result, applicants have to keep asking them to update the status. Is there a ...
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Industry-funded postdoc at university -- how does it work? [closed]

I am recently discussing an opportunity of joining a university as an industry-funded postdoc. Both the company (in the US) and myself do not have any experience about this so I would appreciate any ...
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Do universities have an agreement on when acceptance letters can be sent?

Most universities agree on the deadline of December 15 for graduate application submissions, and on the deadline April 15 for committing to an offer from the university. My professor claims there is a ...
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If you're already out of your school, what's the best way to validate that you are a good student, it's just that circumstances hindered you?

We all have certain phases in life where we fail to give our 100% for some reason. Some get it earlier in life, while some get it later. For me that phase was university. I could not get good grades ...
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If you can fund your PhD, how it affects your chances of admission? [duplicate]

Most PhD programs in math has more applications that what the funding for program can afford if they admitted everyone. Assuming you have normal grades and good RLs, and you can fund your PhD program ...
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Interested in PhD right after undergrad [duplicate]

I am a final year Software Engineering student. It is a four year degree in Australia, where three year degrees are the norm. The final year (or Honors year) includes research and industry experience ...
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Will a British MRes degree be beneficial for applying to US PhD programs

I'm a BA(Hons) Sociology graduate with a 2:1 in my degree. I applied to some PhD programs in the US but was rejected with no reason provided but it was likely due to a lack of research experience ...
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Most important things I should do during my CS undergrad if I want to get into a PhD program in the US

I recently switched my major to Computer Science at a top university in Costa Rica. I'm seeking advice on things I should do during my undergrad to improve my chances of gaining admission to a ...
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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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Can I get funding for graduate study in the US with 3.4-3.5 GPA and 3 Cs in undergrad? [closed]

I'm from the Middle East, and I'm pursuing my bachelor's degree in Physics. I am looking for scholarship opportunities in the U.S., but I'm concerned about my GPA. I anticipate graduating with a GPA ...
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Is my topic of research internship going to affect my choice of future field? [closed]

I am currently pursuing a physics major and am in my second year at university. Currently, I am working on a project with a professor from a different university on quantum matter wave scattering, who ...
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Sources supporting sabbatical in the US for foreign mathematicians [closed]

I would be interested to spend my sabbatical year at one of the US math departments. I am a tenured mathematician affiliated with a non US university. I do not have a US citizenship. What are the ...
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Are general elective grades important when applying to a U.S. pure math PhD program?

I know this question may have no definitive anwser at all, please bear with me. I just finished my 3rd year of university, and I have one year and a semester left until (hopefully) getting into a math ...
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To apply for a CS PhD, is it a good idea to first get into a master’s program but a less competitive track to enter a top school?

I am applying for CS graduate school in the US this fall. I have a moderate 3.6 GPA in a public ivy university that is about top 60 nationwide. I do not have much research experience (I regretted ...
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Understanding the PhD Applicant Selection Process in US Universities: Committee vs. Professor-Based? [duplicate]

I'm interested in understanding more about how PhD applicants are selected in US universities. Specifically, I'm looking to find out whether a committee predominantly makes these decisions or if ...
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How Should I Convert My GPA for PhD Applications in the USA?

I am in the process of applying for PhD programs in the United States and am facing a dilemma regarding my GPA format. My current university uses a 20/20 grading scale, and I am unsure if I should ...
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Applying to math PhD with CS undergrad

As the title suggests, I am a CS undergraduate who wants to apply to math PhD programs in the US. I should also mention that I live and study outside the US. The problem is that my undergraduate ...
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Why do most American universities offer funded PhD positions but not similar opportunities for Master's programs?

I've noticed that in the U.S., universities commonly provide funding for PhD students in AI/ML fields, including scholarships, assistantships, and fee waivers. In contrast, Master's students have ...
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Pharmaceutics PhD in the USA where most time is spent in home country

Can apply for a PhD in pharmaceutics or clinical pharmacy in the USA? I already have a master's degree from Egypt. I was told that it is possible to enroll in a PhD program there and travel to the USA ...
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If the test agency send the scores today, how long does it take for university to receive it electronically? [closed]

I have already received IELTS test score report form. If the test agency send the scores today, how long does it take for university to receive it electronically? I am applying into the PhD program,...
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Supervising students in summer (US specific)

I have recently joined a US university on a 9-month tenure-track appointment. As I do not have any grant funding yet, my summer will be unpaid, so I pursued (and managed to get) a visiting researcher ...
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Generally, can a recent PhD graduate have too many peer-reviewed academic journal articles?

Generally, can a recent PhD graduate have too many academic journal articles (peer-reviewed papers)? It was suggested to me by one gentleman in my field (theology) that more than 4 might be suspicious,...
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German Equivalent of my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

I got my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from an ECE Department at a US university and need a printout of my degree and institution from anabin.kmk.org. The institution I found. The degree I cannot find....
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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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What are the pros and cons of working in a small or a large department?

If somebody has two tenure-track offers from two institutions of similar standing, with similar pay and tenure requirements, but one has a large department and one a small one, what are the pros and ...
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Would a 3.5 grade in the subject that I want to specialize in have a negative impact on my grad application? [duplicate]

I'm applying to math PhD programs in the US (I'm also in the US). In my statement of purpose, I write that I want to specialize in probability theory. However, this semester I took a measure-theoretic ...
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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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Personal/Diversity Statement

I advised students to spend several weeks crafting a statement of purpose for PhD applications in the US, and have reviewed them. However, many students now report that there is an additional "...
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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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Salary Disparities Between Fields

Have professors just come to accept that there are significantly higher salaries in certain academic fields (generally engineering, some business, law, etc.)? Does it ever cause tension within a ...
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How to deal with inappropriate hiring instructions that are only given verbally?

Suppose I am chairing a hiring committee for a faculty position in a north American university, and suppose the administration have some verbal instructions on how the search should be conducted that ...
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In addition to naming three professors, should I mention that I am open to working with other professors in SOP?

I am naming three professors from specific Ph.D. programs with whom I have identified similarities in our research interests in my SOP. In the last sentence, I want to mention that I am also ...
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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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Mailing address for retired people in teaching applications

I am applying to be a lecturer, where most of my references are professional references. I am being asked for a mailing address for references. Professionally, it seems awkward to ask for someone's ...
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Pronouns of professors in Statement of Purpose

In recent years, we have seen the emergence of numerous pronouns beyond the regular he/him and she/her, such as they/them, Xe/xem, Ver/vir, and many more. However, the issue arises when browsing ...
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Attendance Date in PhD

I am applying for PhD for Fall 2024 in the US, I am still pursuing my masters degree. In the applications they ask for the attendance date for every institution, I am expecting to graduate in Spring ...
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How important is to show Extracurricular or Leadership skills in SOP apart from academic background and research interests?

I have an 83-word small paragraph in my SOP (computer science, PhD) mentioning that I am the honorary moderator of a computer club and how I organize events and motivate students to participate in ...
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I can't afford to pay for Statement of Purpose (SOP) proofread. What should I do?

Reliable SOP proofreading services are very costly, almost around $150-$200. I have written an SOP for my Ph.D. program in the USA, which is almost 1400 words, but I need to reduce it to 1000 words. ...
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What is considered a good research record for an assistant professor job (tenure-track)? [closed]

I'm a tenure-track professor in Brazil (and will receive tenure next year). However, I'm currently applying for some tenure-track jobs in USA. Currently, I'm developing my statements (research, ...
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How to prioritize which content to mention and what not in the Statement of Purpose

I am applying for the CS Ph.D. program in the USA. While writing my Statement of Purpose (SOP), I realized I have a multitude of accomplishments to convey. For instance, I hold both undergraduate and ...
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Government Job Hiring Process

I was recently contacted out of the blue by one of the national labs about a social science research position. I met with three members of the team shortly thereafter and they pitched the position to ...
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Should I submit my math subject GRE score? (Engineering undergraduate applying for Applied Math MS)

I scored 740 (63 percentile) in the math subject GRE. I am applying for a masters in Applied Math in the US. Given most unis have the GRE requirement optional, would submitting the score affect my ...
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How to mark paper as mainly my work before moving institutions

I have a paper that has some important work. I recently graduated and am about to work at a top 5 tech firm's AI research division. As part of the interview, they seemed really excited about this work ...
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Usefulness of prior PhD experience in USA PhD application

Suppose John is currently a first year PhD student applying to a US PhD program. I wonder if John's previous experience will be regarded as negative signal or a positive one in the eye of adcom.
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