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Responding to low-key insult from lecturer

Sincerely? Let it go. The tone is also not "low-key insulting" (that means a personal disparaging attack on you), it is dismissive/snotty/irritated (do not bother me with this stuff). The thing is ...
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The lecturer supposed to grade my presentation fell asleep while I held it. Should I complain?

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 ...
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Why does one need to be a certified teacher to teach at secondary level and lower, but not at tertiary level?

I think the reason could be that at the beginning of education, the methodology and teaching style are much more important than the content: children have to learn how to learn before they can learn ...
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May I email a former lecturer?

Actually, if you thank an old instructor it is one of the most wonderful things you can do. They will appreciate it tremendously. Even just catching up is fine. But don't neglect to add a thanks for ...
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The more I improve the quality of my course, the worse the student evaluation becomes. Should I provide low quality lectures?

One observation, based on my own habit of completely redoing classes, is new syllabuses suffer severely from lack of tuning. In practice, a "worse" syllabus which I've taught a few times ...
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Lecturer with anxiety. How to survive in academia?

Years ago, I gave up on the idea of a career in music when I developed severe performance anxiety. After I gave a terrible performance in front of a large crowd, I decided the thing I was going to do ...
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Why does one need to be a certified teacher to teach at secondary level and lower, but not at tertiary level?

Because, historically, the purpose of universities was not teaching, but scholarship. The students were more like apprentices who showed up to take part in the research and debates, expected to ...
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How can I know if I am working fast enough to finish my PhD?

In my opinion, the bare minimum required to have a good chance to complete a PhD in math is to actually want one. By that I mean, not just to want a diploma, or a practical means towards having some ...
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Where is your line with students on social media?

My line: On the first day of classes I tell the students that I don't want to be contacted by social media or by any means other than the school e-mail. The school also gives students a nice way to ...
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Is 100 hours per year of teaching a heavy load for a lecturer?

The load seems reasonable for an established lecturer, but is a little heavy, by UK standards, for a first year lecturer. It might be worth asking for a partial teaching (or marking or tutoring) ...
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The more I improve the quality of my course, the worse the student evaluation becomes. Should I provide low quality lectures?

Are you sure that you are measuring the quality of your course and not something else? The last two years are special (corona), maybe that affected evaluations 6 years is a time in which the ...
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Why does one need to be a certified teacher to teach at secondary level and lower, but not at tertiary level?

I don't know if this is universally true (suspect it is) so this is a US centric answer. In the US, the governments (state and federal) have decreed, based on general (not universal) consensus, that ...
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Why does one need to be a certified teacher to teach at secondary level and lower, but not at tertiary level?

Content Knowledge vs Pedagogical Skill Ben Orlin (the author of Math with Bad Drawings) wrote fairly eloquently on this a few years ago. His thesis is that instructors are people who (broadly ...
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In general, do students like or dislike classes that are taught jointly?

I can't point to any research but given that you ask for anecdata: This approach is fairly common in the UK and related systems. A module (class) may be a single entity for administrative purposes, ...
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Can I call myself an assistant professor without a PhD?

the position is called "Assistant Professor" If you hold an appointment as an assistant professor, then you are an assistant professor. Still, I understand your concern.... kinda makes no sense ...
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Interviewing for a lecturer position in the UK

This is all pretty standard practise for UK lectureships. They are basically testing your skills that will be required in the position. In the presentation they will want to see a demonstration ...
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Is 100 hours per year of teaching a heavy load for a lecturer?

From a Spanish perspective, 100 hours per year is tiny. In the University of Barcelona, most full time lecturers are expected to deliver 240 blackboard hours a year. Even part time lecturers teach up ...
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May I email a former lecturer?

Yes! This is what we live for as supervisors. Students are a terribly inefficient source of papers/CV entries/departmental brownie points, almost anything they do can be done by the supervisor in less ...
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Where is your line with students on social media?

Years ago I used to accept student friend requests on the Facebook platform, but I came to regret doing that. At some point I stopped accepting student friend requests on social media. Steven Krantz ...
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Responding to low-key insult from lecturer

It sounds like the instructor was about 10 minutes late to class, leading to the entire class being confused about whether or not to go into the classroom? That's somewhat embarrassing for the ...
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What do teaching faculty do during semester breaks?

In the United States, the "9 month salary" for a faculty member is typically paid out over 12 months. For those faculty who engage in research or other pursuits during the summer months, the "9 month"...
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Advice for an early career lecturer

I'm an engineering lecturer at a UK university (and previously held a UK post-doctoral fellowship). So I'm very familiar with the situation at UK universities. Everyone brings a different range of ...
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Giving a test lecture, what should I keep in mind?

Off the top of my head, things that are different about a lecture rather than a presentation: You're not simply relating stuff you did to your peers : You're teaching people who know less about the ...
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The lecturer supposed to grade my presentation fell asleep while I held it. Should I complain?

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 ...
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How to handle a students' complaint of my teaching method?

This answer might only apply if you are a "junior" member of the faculty with relatively little experience in teaching. I found the following helpful in my early years, though it was a "...
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Lecturer with anxiety. How to survive in academia?

For what it's worth, I don't think this is an uncommon problem - you're by no means alone in this. A few thoughts: Learn to see the humour in everything. Some of the time, you're going to get up ...
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Is it always OK to ask for a copy of the lecturer's slides?

It is always appropriate to ask. But some people are unwilling to share their slides for a variety of reasons (none of which I think are particularly good, for basically the reasons you mention in ...
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The lecturer supposed to grade my presentation fell asleep while I held it. Should I complain?

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 ...
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What are the potential consequences of responding in kind to a rude lecturer?

No, we cannot answer the question without evaluating your behavior first. Your behavior was, simply said, stupid. Let's go item by item: 1) Are you enrolled in the distance-learning program? If not, ...
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Lecture slides before or after?

Students generally prefer to have the lecture slides beforehand, and you should let them make their own decisions about whether having the slides out during class will help their ability to ...
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