Jeffrey J Weimer
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Just started a postdoc, but it went REALLY bad, REALLY fast. Stay or go?
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With all else the same, given an choice between staying in a bad situation that cannot be resolved or leaving it, the decision is easy. Of course, all is never exactly the same. When the balance is ...

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What should I do about students' grammar mistakes?
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29 votes

You can post a statement at the start of class saying that you may on occasion provide feedback to grammar or phrasing mistakes even in such mundane exchanges as email simply as a way to improve the ...

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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?
27 votes

In this case, attendance is a requirement mandated from above. You could ask for clarification from the powers that be who set the rule. For example, you could ask ... Is attendance to be recorded at ...

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How to deal with incompetent PhD student as an undergrad
25 votes

How can I politely distance myself with her ... (emphasis added) You can be fully honest without using judgmental terms such as "incompetent". You can also approach the situation as though ...

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Retract an already submitted recommendation letter (written for an undergrad student)
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Based on your statements, all that you vouched for is the performance of the student at that point in time. What confidence can you provide in the new behavior of the student being his "true" ...

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Cannot complete thesis and blocked to go non-thesis. What other avenues towards a degree exist?
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Where I am, a non-thesis option requires only the approval of the department (meaning the department chair) and the graduate school. A "non-thesis advisor" is considered an oxymoron. At best, graduate ...

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Should I send professors money for illegally downloading their books?
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Undertake a sincere and useful civic action as penance for your (somewhat self-righteously defended) abuse. Collect all the students at your university. Sign a petition to your state representative (...

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Asking previous advisor for a better letter of reference
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(I'm pretty sure those letters are supposed to be confidential, but that's beside the point). ... Actually, it is not. You may have signed a waiver when you applied for the position. If so, you have ...

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Reviewer changed their mind after positive earlier feedback
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You do not say whether the journal has a policy on how soon revisions must be returned. Some "top" journals only allow a return within a specific window of time. Otherwise, the dust gathers, ...

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How to prevent having prospective students use me for free help, and then ghost me to go to another university
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A student contacts you and expresses an interest to work with you on your research. The student has funding contingent on your letter of acceptance and your approval of their research statement. Ask ...

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Teaching a class likely meant to inflate the GPA of student athletes
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Your comments to my answer say clearly that blow a whistle means to make an outcry about a case of fraud. You have however no expertise to make the judgement of fraud. This judgement is made at a ...

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How to respond to a reviewer's comment when he is asking for experimental data but your paper is based on theoretical calculations?
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Essentially, the reviewer is saying, you cannot/should not propose a new theory in a vacuum. One of two approaches apply: Do you have a new theoretical approach that will explain observations that ...

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How to cope with regret and shame about not fully utilizing opportunities during PhD?
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I am not a brilliant student. Being average, I have struggled Being self-critical is not uncommon. Balance critical self judgements against a comparable list of accomplishments however small. But, ...

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A paper was published with material from my thesis without my knowledge: Correction or Retraction?
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In addition to the advice being offered to retract (rather than correct) the journal article, I suggest that you contact the officials at the university where you did the thesis. I imagine that the ...

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How important is the TOEFL speaking score?
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The level of the TOEFL or IELTS speaking score is important as a hard criteria for admission to graduate schools in the US because it is an effective first step for the university, the department, and ...

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Motivate students to work on exercises if solutions are provided
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The underlying concern that you raise seems to be how you can best engage students to become self-motivated in their own learning processes, especially "the not so good students", with the ...

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What should I do when my students use their phones in class?
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You state that you told the students not to use their phones. Your desired behavior is clear. They are ignoring you. My recommendation to your question of what to do when they ignore you depends on ...

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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity?
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The lectures could also be collected to be posted on sites such as these. https://www.udemy.com/ http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses https://www.onlinecourses.com/lectures/ I might also ...

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What is a good academic word for "verifiable by scientific data or experiments"? Is "empirical" a suitable word for that?
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Data are "derived" from observations. Alternatively said, observations become data when we record them. Otherwise, they remain as observations. By example, the only reason we know what ...

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PhD student wanting to do "the minimum required"
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The minimum requirements of the university are "a thesis with evidence of original work and independent critical ability considered suitable for publication". So, the student claims that my requests ...

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Is it ethical to give a final exam after the professor has quit before teaching the remaining chapters of the course?
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Faculty Responsibilities I take first the potentially wrong assumption that "quit" is not meant literally. To the question of (ethics) violations by the instructor ... A faculty member may have to ...

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Former collaborator presenting joint research as his own
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4 votes

Short Answer No, you should contact Prof Jim and request that he properly acknowledge the source of the work that he is presenting as being your dissertation research. Longer Answer You state the ...

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I'm required to apply to multiple projects but I'm interested in only one
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You will always have to work with more than one faculty member as a PhD student. Certainly during your class work, you must be prepared to interact with other faculty. During your research, you will ...

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Writing homework essay anonymously to avoid controversy
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The point of an exercise in dissecting a contentious issue is not that you must agree 100% on the solutions to the issues by the end. The point is to find where you and the other members agree and ...

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Colleague stops replying emails about project, and later publishes the project with other colleagues?
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You are facing two different possibilities. One option is where you put the incident aside and move on. The other option is relevant when you have evidence that your work was used to generate the ...

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I'm an undergrad student but I'm co-authoring a paper at a company I work at, what's my affiliation?
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The guidelines are When the work reported in the paper used resources and support from the university, your affiliation is the university. When the work reported in the paper used resources and ...

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How to take notes during lecture properly?
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What is the purpose of a course lecture for you? Do you see it as a resource to improve your understanding of the topics being presented based on what you have already read about them. Or do you ...

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What statistics should I disclose when giving grades to students?
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First, as to the overall question about posting information about grade distributions on assignments: I do not do it. More below. Can one do better? Information about quartiles maybe? One problem ...

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Grade changes with auto grader
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You seem to have put yourself somewhat between a rock and a hard place. The rock is when you keep the auto grader at its previous value. This approach disrespects your intent to have performance ...

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Should I mention potential collaborative opportunities in my research statement?
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I presume this is job interviews in academic positions. The appropriate place to mention such possibilities is only in your proposed research plan. When you do state names, state where the person is ...

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