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How does management work in academia? Who do professors report to?

Generally speaking "management" in a university takes a different role and faculty are generally expected to know what to do and to do it to a high standard. In a certain sense, every ...
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The Curious Case of Disappearing Funds

I am not detailedly aware of European Training Networks, but it sounds like you are grossly misunderstanding some things here. 1. €200k for three researchers for three years are absolutely certainly ...
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The Curious Case of Disappearing Funds

These are public funding from the EU, I don't think there should be any secrets how the money has been used, because eventually the universities involved will have to report this to the EU. Don't go ...
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Software for tracking next manuscripts to submit

I've found that a carefully formatted spreadsheet (Excel or otherwise) is extremely useful and effective for managing my publication workflow. To illustrate how I organize myself, here is a ...
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In American universities, why are academics placed in managerial and administrative functions?

I'm not sure this is limited to the US as it is a fairly traditional view of what a Faculty should be. Traditionally a group of scholars shared administration as needed. When things were small, not ...
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In American universities, why are academics placed in managerial and administrative functions?

As suggested in a comment to another answer of mine, I'll expand my sentence "We rarely hire "professional managers in academe, because we do not trust that they know what is going on here." That is,...
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Is it ethical to put a surveillance camera inside a lab

This largely depends on disclosure --- in cases where you record employees at work there are ethical and legal obligations relating to notification and disclosure. The legal rules depend on your ...
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management in academia

This is a good question, but I don't see how anyone other than you can answer it. You write that you "[love] the institution ... [and] do not like the situation I am seeing." You also write that "I am ...
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How does management work in academia? Who do professors report to?

An answer from a Dutch perspective. Short answer: there are no traditional managers for academics. At the top level, the university has an executive board. These are normally (ex-)academics, and each ...
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How to deal with a setting where some students come to synchronous class unprepared?

This is the online version of the flipped classroom, of course. But, I suspect that a lot of your students aren't familiar with the concept or how to behave. Like most everything else, you need to ...
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In American universities, why are academics placed in managerial and administrative functions?

I think one crucial factor is the academic environment. For any outsider the inner mechanics of a university are very hard to grasp. This is a process that takes years. Even experienced faculty that ...
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Project management techniques applied to research

A number of things spring to mind. The first is communication of goals and time lines, and I'd just point to Gantt and PERT charts. Each has advantages and disadvantages, but the key is to make sure ...
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management in academia

Sorry, but I don't recognize anything in your question that suggests why you would want to take on management duties. What you have sounds like a pretty good situation as you aren't describing any ...
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Is it ethical to put a surveillance camera inside a lab

Yes, it is certainly ethical, so long as everyone knows it is there. It doesn't even necessarily show lack of trust in the regular lab denizens. An alternative, of course, would be to pay someone, a ...
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What should I do when I would like to move to a new lab because my current PI is abusive?

A PI who is known to kick out some students, and graduate others after 10 (!!!!!) years, is not one you are likely well-placed with. I would certainly look into other labs. Leaving after such few ...
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How to gracefully step back from academic administration duties during the pandemic?

I have to admit to some ambivalence about the issue -- which may be what many of your colleagues might feel as well, and that might affect how they see your decisions. On the one hand, I think we all ...
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How does management work in academia? Who do professors report to?

As Buffy mentioned, many universities do not use a line management model. But some do. There are several strategies used to deal with the ratio of "managers" (department chairs/heads of ...
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How to answer your boss's question about your impression on the progress of a project that you took part in as a newcomer appropriately?

Assuming your professor is a reasonable person, there is nothing wrong with truthfully sharing your view of the progress in the project. They wouldn't be asking if they did not think your opinion ...
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How did medieval universities discipline?

In the US, you can get Rait's Life in the medieval university from Amazon for free. There were a number of different punishments for various infractions, which also took the age of the student (...
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Are management courses useless?

I won't comment on whether management courses are useless. But the way you approached them certainly made them so. Learning by rote the day before the exam and forgetting everything afterwards is a ...
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How does management work in academia? Who do professors report to?

Self-organization on a high level One aspect (at least in many countries) is self-organization and self-elected "managers". For example, in my research institute the leadership (both "...
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How does management work in academia? Who do professors report to?

Old ideas of academic freedom, and the academic as a self-organizing unit are getting rarer than they used to be. In my university a faculty member's line manager is definitely the Head of Department (...
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How did medieval universities discipline?

The answers and comments have mentioned Rait's Life in the Medieval University. To give a self-contained answer for this site, this book claims that punishments could be: financial. This seems to be ...
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Project management techniques applied to research

It is not project management exactly but more general you can read "Getting Things Done" by David Allen.
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Project management techniques applied to research

A free book full of useful insights for coordinating research within teams is "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science" (2013).
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Software for tracking next manuscripts to submit

Why not consider using source control through something like bitbucket? I use it for personal writing and coding projects as well as for a few small collaborations. Features which it offers that meet ...
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Software for tracking next manuscripts to submit

I would consider looking at what project management tools there are which might meet your needs. Trello is one free tool I am very fond of. I do not use it for keeping track of paper submissions, ...
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Is it ethical to put a surveillance camera inside a lab

If the lab ever uses human subjects, it's important to keep this camera in mind as a potential breach of confidentiality. Most IRBs would (a) want to know that subjects are being recorded, (b) want ...
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How to deal with a setting where some students come to synchronous class unprepared?

I think Buffy has the right of it, when he says that you need more regular coursework submission. For me, interactive classrooms don't work very well because my students are spread out in many time ...
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Notes taking and notes management

I like taking notes separately in an infinitely zoomable online outliner and include hyperlinks there to the papers in question. Dynalist supports KaTeX and Markdown, and there's a MathJax Chrome ...
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