Christos Hayward
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How to avoid training a harasser
19 votes

There was one time when a small boy at church, to my surprise, gave me two quarters. Part of my immediate thought was, "Time for a lesson in manners!" so I wrote a good, old-fashioned USPS letter ...

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TA talks to others about students, what to do?
10 votes

It also does not really help that he is one of the strongest undergraduates in the major at my institution, and that he has and exerts a tremendous amount of influence on the community of my major. ...

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How do you answer "Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?"
9 votes

There was one encounter recently where I was asked a question and gave the usual socially appropriate concise answer, until, after being pressed, I gave the "Here's what's really going on." The other ...

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How to deal with students who submit their homework as an attachment to a completely blank e-mail?
7 votes

There's an old system administrators' maxim, "Be conservative in what you generate and liberal in what you accept." It might be thoughtful to add a few polite notes, but just sending the requested ...

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Lecturer in a course I'm TA'ing refuses to give feedback on student assignment
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There was one professor at a college I attended who, knowing that grading is the least pleasant part of a professor's job, wrote a "quiz" program that automatically graded student assignments without ...

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If I receive written permission to use content from a paper without citing, is it plagiarism?
4 votes

One general comment about plagiarism: If an African-American says, "I have a dream," any allegation of having plagiarized MLK is ludicrous. Such allusions are shorthand quotations. Plagiarism is ...

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How do you answer "Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?"
3 votes

Develop a theory of alien minds and use it. In Profoundly Gifted Magazine Interviews Charles Wallace Murry of A Wind in the Door, there is a discussion of "theory of other minds" as relevant ...

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Concerns about the value of the research domain
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When I was studying math, discussion was made of pure and applied mathematics. To top-notch pure mathematics culture, it is almost a matter of pride to create research not used in applied math, and a ...

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How to deal with an inappropriate greeting in an email?
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Donning asbestos longjohns... There was another answer, mentioned on a question by an OP who was wondering about how to respond to a student who dressed provocatively (once a bikini), and one person ...

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How do you answer "Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?"
2 votes

At the risk of provoking ire by posting a third significantly different answer to this question, even more irritatingly with a question: You obviously want to be genuinely understood. (So do I). So, ...

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Are frustrations with lack of fairness and transparency on PhD qualifying exam warranted?
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You have implied two basic options: staying without fussing or trying to lobby for changes, or staying with some attempted hostile influence. But both cases are graduate students with low status ...

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How to deal with students who refuse to do anything except take exams?
1 votes

I'm not sure of your exact locale, but some universities have resources that are free for the asking about how to be a better teacher. You may get some good advice here (including adjusting your ...

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How do you come to terms with the fact that you might never be among the best in your research community?
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It's OK not to be the world's best. Nobel prizes honor disciplines, but they do not in a vague and general sense say that e.g. physics is a good thing. Rather, they pick out (usually) one ...

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How can I prevent students from writing answers on an assignment, then claiming I didn't see their answer?
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Is there any live option for tests to be given via website, perhaps via Moodle? I don't know that you personally are a computer programmer, but writing a test that students can answer via an (X)HTML ...

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What to do with a student coming to class in revealing clothing, to the degree that it disrupts the teaching environment?
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At the risk of stating something you might have considered and rejected, don't talk to her at all, even with another TA / employee who is female deliberately placed as window dressing. Tell HR you are ...

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How to deal with people looking at their mobile phone during my presentation?
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It's a rough matter, in my opinion. And I have plenty of opinion; see Technonomicon for one tiny slice. One way-heavy-handed thing you should not say (perhaps a commenter may have a better idea) is ...

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