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Ben
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I grade exams together with a colleague but disagree with their grading. What should I do?

197 votes

What negative consequences could there be from dating a former student (as a young academic)?

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I'm scheduled to graduate next week but my professor has gone MIA due to a death in the family... what can I do?

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I contacted a professor for PhD supervision, and he replied that he would retire in two years. How should I respond?

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Exam design: give maximum score per question or not?

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Is it fair to desk-reject a manuscript because it breaks relativity?

92 votes

Made a joke in poor taste without thinking in front of students. Is there anything I can do to salvage myself?

92 votes

Does having an article retracted due to professor's ethical misconduct mean my career is over?

87 votes

Coworker hiding and stealing lab material

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How can I explain bad grades in a PhD application due to bad lecturers?

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Regret after not being able to solve a problem that my supervisor did easily

83 votes

Do PhD students sometimes abandon their original research idea? If so, how do they cope with it?

81 votes

As a Head of Department, how can I make my faculty happier?

81 votes

Is it acceptable to put the blame on an instructor during an oral exam for a mistake?

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Signed up for a talk, not enough material

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What to do if a reviewer's question is nonsense

74 votes

What do students mean by "makes the course harder than it needs to be"?

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My PhD advisor sent me a plagiarized draft

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My supervisor uses my scientific jokes and metaphors in his talks. What's a healthy way to deal with this?

64 votes

Did I cheat on an exam by knowing a solution in advance?

63 votes

What to do if a professor confused me with another student in a letter of reference?

62 votes

Can I recommend rejection of a paper after simply reading its Abstract and Introduction?

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I feel like male professors don't feel comfortable taking me as a student. How should I address this problem?

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If it takes a very long time to get a referee report, does that mean the referee wanted to sabotage me?

59 votes

Can I omit my department's name to express my dissenting opinions?

55 votes

I sent an angry e-mail to my interviewers about a conflict at my home institution. Could this affect my application?

54 votes

Why are most cranks old men?

54 votes

Why do American universities cost so much?

51 votes

What are the caveats in pursuing a PhD mainly for fun?

49 votes

Is Utilizing AI Tools for Conducting Literature Reviews in Academic Research Advisable?

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