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Gender transition as a starting faculty member: a terrible idea?

How infeasible is transitioning as an early-career faculty member? I transitioned as a postdoc back in 2013, so I did it. Whether or not it's a terrible idea depends on many factors, and just plain ...
Rebecca J. Stones's user avatar
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What should I do if I discover the job posted at the institution for which I had submitted my CV but they didn't contact me?

You are assuming a degree of organization that most institutions just do not have. You lose nothing by formally applying to the new position.
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My interview went well but at the end the interviewer said "All the best for your future endeavours". What does it mean?

It doesn't mean anything, it's just a pleasant remark. When you are accepted or rejected for the job, you will be notified formally, not by vague remarks at the end of an interview. In the meantime, ...
Nate Eldredge's user avatar
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Any good way to tell a faculty candidate "We don't want you"?

Getting a rejection sucks. There is not much you can do about it. My wife and I have talked about this a lot and as candidates the only thing we wanted to know was how close we were and how we stacked ...
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Include a mistake that cost extra when asking for reimbursement after faculty interview?

Assuming they liked your presentation, and consider putting you on the shortlist, but are not sure at which position compared to some other candidate; now, reflect, which impression this makes. You ...
Captain Emacs's user avatar
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How to answer 'Is your research going to be in biology text books one day?' question during faculty interview?

The question is clearly not please accurately predict whether your research will be mentioned in standard graduate texts for biology students in the year 2050. Rather, the question is presumably I am ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for a faculty colleague I cannot highly recommend

There is quite a bit going on here. First things first: you seem to suggest that it is a code of honor among academics to never write a weak or negative recommendation letter or to omit all weak ...
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How to politely turn down an on-site faculty interview offer

Dear [name of person you were communicating with], I have an update about my job search. Since we last talked I‘ve received a tenure track job offer from another institution, and have accepted it. ...
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How to deal with unavoidable failure in my first year of tenure-track applications?

I suggest dealing with the situation by revising your (misguided, IMO) definition of “failure”. Even if it is, as you say, “ineluctable”, that you will fail to land a tenure-track position this year, ...
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What should I do if I discover the job posted at the institution for which I had submitted my CV but they didn't contact me?

Apply! “We will save your CV in case of new openings” is mostly meaningless HR phraseology meant to reduce the sting of rejection, not only at universities but across industries. In general, employers ...
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Is it appropriate to ask an interviewing institution to reimburse nonrefundable hotel costs after flight cancellation?

I think it is your responsibility to try to get any possible refund for the hotel (that is, contact the hotel and discuss your circumstances, even if their cancellation policy would seem to not allow ...
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Gender transition as a starting faculty member: a terrible idea?

Rebecca Stones has already given a great answer that got my upvote. But allow me to offer some personal perspective based on my experience here in US. I transitioned about 20 years ago. The world ...
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Should I apply to an academic tenure-track job even if I am not a 100% fit?

Not applying is suboptimal and self defeating. It is the university that you apply to that makes the determination of your "fit". They know things that you don't and there may be factors ...
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How should I approach job materials for a lateral move entirely for two-body reasons?

I would tell it like it is: You have a two-body problem and a 2.5-hour commute that you need to solve. As soon as you say those words, everyone will understand.
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Backing out of a signed tenure track offer due to changing legislation that alters tenure and abolishes DEI

I'd guess that the administration will sympathize with you. There should be no problems withdrawing, especially if you point out your reasons. A tenure track position is supposed to lead to tenure and ...
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How to answer the diversity question during faculty interview

It's not "delivering a winning answer", any more than "delivering a winning answer" would make sense when talking about teaching and/or research and/or mentoring. That is, the question should be ...
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How to handle sexist questions toward a faculty job candidate by other undergraduates?

There are two issues at play here depending on if you are formally part of the hiring process. If you are formally part of the hiring processing asking questions about the family life of a job ...
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How to answer the diversity question during faculty interview

If you do not toe the line, you will not be admitted. Understand that the above question is to weed-out individuals who do not lean as those in power lean. Students and faculty who do not "see" the ...
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Answer to "Will you be able to provide proof of your identity and employment eligibility if you are hired"?

Unless you're already eligible to work in the US (e.g. as a permanent resident), you'll have to answer the second question with a "no." The three aspects of US employment/immigration law that you ...
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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

There's no way to do this gracefully. You call school A and tell them that you will not be joining them after all. Afterwards you deal with the fallout. Before doing so you may want to estimate ...
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Is TA-ing worth the opportunity cost (of having more time for research)?

Most people who TA don't have an option as it is what pays the bills and allows them to study. It is less valuable if you can pay your own way. But it isn't entirely without value. I once held a ...
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Upon my request prior to a faculty application in France, I was invited to give a talk. Should I travel at their expense or better give it online?

I see no reason not to travel, ahead of making a decision, to a place where you might decide to live and work for decades. An on-site visit will reveal so much more about the collegiality of the work ...
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Asking if the position is tenure-track.

In many cases, they might think it is clear from the job title. In the US, job titles with the words "Lecturer", "Instructor", "Adjunct", "Visiting", "Clinical" are almost always non-tenure-track. ...
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Is it appropriate for a PI to appoint someone who is a family member?

The rules differ from country to country, university to university, and department to department. On a practical note, I would not want to be in a supervisory role towards a family member. In that ...
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Should I use equations in a research statement for faculty positions?

You are asking the wrong question. The right question you should be asking yourself is "How do I best explain what I want to say, to the audience I have identified for the thing I'm writing"....
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Teaching job application: Should I make any references to a gap year in my employment history due to depression?

No. It's nobody's business. People take breaks for all sorts of reasons, including having children, caring for family members, to travel, and also for (mental) health reasons -- but these are all ...
Wolfgang Bangerth's user avatar
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How to answer the diversity question during faculty interview

On several occasions of my first-round faculty interview, I was asked about the diversity questions, such as: "How do you work with diverse students?" "How do you contribute to the ...
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Can I back out a tenure track faculty offer?

I would tread very lightly here, and perhaps consult a lawyer. If this is in the US then many states have “At Will” employment clauses - you can’t be forced to take a job you don’t want, and an ...
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Typo in cover letter of the journal name where my manuscript is currently under review

No, you should not send an email to correct the typo. The professor probably receives dozens or hundreds of emails every day, and an additional email to bring up a tiny mistake will likely not be ...
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It is alright to include students' first names in a teaching statement?

I think you should avoid giving their full names, as opposed to just their first names unless they give permission for it. Better, using an alias for the students protects their privacy but doesn't ...
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