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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 that you are reading a lot (IMHO too much) into this. I'm not saying that you are wrong, but it sounds that you are in danger of spending precious lifetime for ...


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There is nothing you can really do to prevent this behaviour. You can just report it to the university. There should be a committee dealing with teacher behaviour; things may vary depending on your country and university, so I cannot be more specific. If you have student representatives, contact them. Describe the abusive behaviour with as many details as ...


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There is something a bit off about your description of events. You describe that your classmates were laughing at you as your instructor verbally abused you. I can't imagine that happening. If things were as mean spirited as you say, I would expect dead silence. I am wondering if the lecturer was just trying to insert some lighthearted humor and had no ...


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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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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 was 'face my fear' by signing up for something even scarier and going through with it. Result: an even more terrible performance in front of an even larger ...


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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) release for the first year. Many universities, including those in the UK and US, talk about the split between research, teaching and admin. A split of time of 40% ...


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There are many reasons why people choose to go to one program over the other. While there might be some thin-skinned people, I don't think that should lead you to rule out applying. Since applying to a job at a school is minimal cost to you, you should go ahead and do it. Much more likely is that the only person who remembers is the person who would have ...


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The "doctor of arts" degree was created in the 1960's to solve this problem. It's like a PhD, but it doesn't require original research for the dissertation. The goal is to prepare students for teaching careers that do not involve research. Several universities in the U.S. offer DA degrees in mathematics, but they have never become popular. Many people ...


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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 due to the size of the institution and the lack of research required by it...however this is a bit of a no-name brand institution Context is everything. I ...


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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 to 180 hours a year. The only kind of lecturers that teach less than 100 hours a year are those in the lowest ranks of part time lecturers, who just teach 2 or ...


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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 that you can communicate your own specialism to both an undergraduate audience (as in teaching class) and your research peers (like for a conference). They want ...


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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 instructor. By being late and forcing a bunch of students to wait, in addition to apparently having some confusion about location, they dropped the ball. And ...


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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" designation gives the rate at which their salary can be enhanced through external funding. So, what do "full time teaching" faculty do over the summer? ...


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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 topic than you do (even if you only know what you got from the textbook when preparing!). So think carefully about the intended audience, and how to explain the ...


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Why are you letting this person get the best of you? You say: he started to humiliate me in front of all my colleagues I was feeling like an idiot standing there and listening to his abusive speech This experience destroyed the lesson for me completely. I was ashamed to talk with anybody. These are pretty serious reactions, and I can only ...


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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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In essence there is no problem, here in the UK, for the lecturers/professors to join societies. I experienced it first hand, both as a student and lecturer, and loved it. But you have the following ethical responsibilities: Socializing and Not Dating: Most social clubs go out a lot. For example, they might go to some other part of the country to do hill ...


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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 there to give a talk and everything's going to go wrong - you're going to trip over the power cord, your demo's going to fail, you'll have forgotten what you're ...


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Having done this, I'd advise: Take it really seriously. In places where candidates are judged equally on teaching and research, the model lesson could really make the difference. Strong researchers may neglect it, relying on their publication/citation record. Make sure you prepare for the expected audience (in my case, 1st year students), not the actual ...


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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, then lecturer perhaps has the right to request that you attend all of his classes, unless there are valid and provable reasons (e.g. medical). In that case, ...


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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 your quote). So you may or may not get the slides, but it is certainly ok to request them!


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Gain specific professional experience in the subject you want to teach. In my (engineering) department, all of the teaching staff who do not hold PhDs (or are not current PhD students) have industry experience in the subject they are teaching. In other words, if you are a professional penetration tester, you may be hired to teach computer security. If you ...


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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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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 concentrate. On my first day teaching a class, I posted the lecture notes after the lecture, and I immediately got several requests along the lines of "can you post the ...


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Student societies are about more than just shared interests: they are also a place for students to escape from the pressure of their studies, to blow of steam, and to relax. Having an authority figure around (and a professor is most definitely an authority figure) generally has a strong chilling effect on these aspects of a student social life. With a ...


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I'm in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Davis. Here are the typical "blackboard" hours per year (9 month positions): Research Faculty (60% research, 30% teaching, 10% service) 1st year: 84 2nd and on: 126 Teaching Faculty (70% teaching, 20% research, 10% service) 1st year: 210 2nd and on: 252 Full time lecturer (100% teaching) ...


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First, let me point out that a career as you describe it not entirely plannable: There are many more who want it than who get it, and even if you are talented and work hard, success is not guaranteed. It probably won't matter where you did your undergrad once you've received your PhD, although going to different universities could be beneficial, as it would ...


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(You did not provide any argument how informal clothes and the consumption of beverages negatively affect your lecture, so this answer might be speculative. Also this question might be a case of a XY problem.) I think you are not seeing the real problem I think the problems you are having with your lecture, but unfortunately not mentioning in your question,...


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Depending on university policy, but I would ask to record the lecture for "notes". If he allows it, the recording alone is likely to change his behaviour, and if it doesn't you have proof of how he acts. If he refuses, ask kindly, and only once, ask why if he still refuses drop it. Then move onto other solutions.


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Academic titles are not something you award yourself. In the US, Assistant Professor has a specific meaning and is assigned by a university. Other places it may have no meaning at all. But, I think people would react poorly to you doing that. Your title is Lecturer, as you state. Use that, and only that until you are awarded a different one. Even if you ...


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