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I recently had a very important interview for a postdoc position. There were two professors in the interview. One of them fell asleep on multiple occasions. What shocked me was he fell asleep after asking a question and while I try to answer his question. I tried my best to keep him up by changing the pitch of my voice and it really helped. I was a ...


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(I'm German as the questions author is too, and studied computer science at FU Berlin.) The situation is less complex than your intuition tells you: It is, on an abstract level, very simple. Much of what happens is nice for various reasons, but not actually relevant. The sole purpose of the presentation is that you, personally, learn to give a good ...


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My suggestion: Go talk to him. He is probably pretty embarrassed about having fallen asleep, and would be appreciative of you not drawing wide attention to this incident. So, arrange a meeting - now, not after the grades are published. In that meeting, tell him what you told us, and how you feel about it. Let him offer an apology and a solution regarding ...


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... You could always ask the presentation to be remarked by a different lecturer? Being a former student myself, this option has always been common knowledge across the entire class if one is unsatisfied with the assessor. Best act sooner than later, I recall remarking of work after being formally marked only able to reach a certain percentage (60% - or a ...


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Of course, sleeping on the job is a very unprofessional thing of the professor to do. But should you complain because of the grade? First, as you are in Germany and are most likely not paying for your education, I doubt you find an institution in the university which takes your complaint and is able to do anything about it. You can probably only complain to ...


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About your grade Granted, you are likely not getting the best assessment of what a fair grade for you would be. But in any decent place, the professor knows he is at fault and won't let his fault put you in trouble. If you are expecting to graduate with some kind of special honors, I'd have a friend put in the word about this to this teacher. If you are ...


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The poor guy has to listen to dozens of presentations like yours, and most of them are going to be boring. When you go into real life and give presentations to your managers or your customers, they are going to fall asleep if your presentations are boring. When it comes to grading or assessing you, it will come down to "this presentation was so boring, I ...


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I understand your frustration with a part of your audience sleeping through (some part) of your talk. As many other answers mention, this is unfortunately not an unusual experience for anyone presenting in academia. Members of the audience have different lifestyles and indeed different situations and sometimes the sleep deprivation takes the best of us. It ...


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The first thing to note here is that sleeping in such situations is often not a voluntary action, but a physiologically unavoidable response to the situation the body is in - many people die every year after falling asleep at the wheel of a car. I don't think you'd describe the results of that on other people in the car as "rude". In general, if you are in ...


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Wait. Yes, it is insulting or at the very least rude, but ultimately as long as you pass there is no problem... But I do hope you have recorded evidence of your presentation and of the public in case you dont pass. In which case you can demand a revision of your grade based on the lecturer falling asleep multiple times. You mention that the lecturer seemed ...


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I would advise patience, wait until the grades are out. If the lecturer was actually asleep then that may or may not be something to deal with. However, if the lecturer was not asleep but not looking at you and perhaps reading the papers on the desk or similar you may be starting something you should not. Again, patience and see how it goes.


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