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Good gifts for first time art instructors?

Art Professors and Art College Instructors: What helped you get through your first semester of teaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2010 - 2 answers

Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving Even Though You'll Be Eating That Whole Turkey By Yourself

How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Nov 20, 2010 - 21 answers

If you hadn't sent me after that snipe, I would've had plenty of time to put better slides together.

Should I tell my professor that I'm pretty sure he gave me an incorrect reference, which cost me a good deal of preparation time on an assignment, or is this the kind of thing I'm expected to be able to deal with easily? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Nov 15, 2010 - 20 answers

I want your ugly, I want your diseased... papers.

I’m a high school student who likes to edit her professor father’s papers (and those of his colleagues) in her free time. How can I help more professors? What else should I learn to become a better editor? [more inside]
posted by glass origami quicksilver robot on Oct 1, 2010 - 22 answers

What should I do about this prof?

ProfessorFilter: I screwed something up with a professor from college (a few years ago) and I want to make it right. Lots of details and beanplating. [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse on Aug 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Professors make excuses, too.

Help me find this blog post or online article in which a professor humorously reverses classic student excuses for lateness/underperformance! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Born to Teach?

How do I become a college instructor? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on Jul 12, 2010 - 10 answers

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense

What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca on Jun 17, 2010 - 17 answers

What books should I buy my math professors?

I recently applied to grad schools, and I got recommendations from three of my math professors. I'd like to get them all books as a "thank you" but I'm stumped on which specific titles to get two of them. The books don't have to be overtly math-related (thought it wouldn't hurt), but I think they probably shouldn't be completely orthogonal. If it helps, the book that I did buy is Michael Ruhlman's latest food book Ratio. [more inside]
posted by cybertaur1 on Apr 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Academic CVs: Is there a database-driven solution for quickly generating different lengths & formats?

Academic CVs: Is there a database-driven solution for quickly generating different lengths & formats? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Feb 5, 2010 - 5 answers

Name that job.

Please explain this British academic job ad to an American. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Jan 11, 2010 - 13 answers

Why did Dr. Fredericks plagiarise Trumbull Stickney's poem?

Help me understand a poetry conundrum thrown up by the film The Good Shepherd. [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Jan 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Tweed jacket with elbow patches?

You know the tweed jackets with leather or suede elbow patches called? They're stereotypically worn by professors. Do they have a particular name? Where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on Dec 30, 2009 - 13 answers

What do I do if my professor plagiarizes my idea?

I suspect one of my undergraduate professors is writing an article based on an idea I proposed to him last spring that he intends to submit for publication in a literary journal. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2009 - 37 answers

Dear Professor Flake...

Grad school application crisis: one of my professors who agreed to write a recommendation is completely flaking out. I've tried my best to communicate my needs, but she seems either too busy or suddenly, inexplicably disinterested in cooperating. I don't want to alienate her but I don't want to get screwed over when one of my references went off the grid. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Dec 10, 2009 - 30 answers

Help me become a better professor!

My University's Engineering Faculty offers a certificate program entitled "Prospective Professors in Training." Please help me inventory similar professional development programs at other institutions that prepare soon-to-be faculty members (i.e. grad students) for the ins-and-outs of an academic position. [more inside]
posted by Cody's Keeper on Dec 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Great idea for a course--horribly misdirected.

I'm taking an innovative course on using technology for humanitarian causes, taught by a professor I really like. But it's awful! How can I tell him what I think, and/or turn this disaster of a course into something worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 23, 2009 - 29 answers

Professor calling female students beautiful- is that bad?

A professor singled out a (blond, pretty) female student in a relatively small class and asked several male students and one female student to describe her beauty. The men were asked to describe her as though they were trying to tell a male friend how beautiful she is, while the woman was asked to describe her as though she was a family member. Should I register a complaint with the university? [more inside]
posted by Baethan on Jun 1, 2009 - 75 answers

Student/former professor romance

Student/former professor romance. Personal experiences and anecdotes are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2009 - 29 answers

Asking about research assistant position.

Question about asking for a research assistant position with a professor [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on Apr 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Teach me the art of seduction

Ladies, tell me how you seduced a man. Gentlemen, tell me how you were seduced. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2009 - 45 answers

How to deal with an intimidating professor?

My professor’s intimidating, confrontational style makes the classroom atmosphere difficult to tolerate. I can't drop the class or switch sections. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2009 - 55 answers

Saying filter

Quote/saying: Old grass on new green? Old knowledge on new grass? I can't remember! [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Dec 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Why doesn't math make sense anymore?

I've got math anxiety but not the traditional kind. I'm graduating with a math degree but I feel very insecure pursuing higher math. How did something this beautiful turn into a bugbear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 - 20 answers

Discussions: discuss.

Calling all professors and teachers: What is crucial to keep in mind in order to foster a successful class discussion? [more inside]
posted by umbú on Dec 3, 2008 - 20 answers

Two Master's Degrees... What are my options?

This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Stolen education

I recently found out that one of my professors takes practically all of his lecture material straight off the web. Should anything be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2008 - 50 answers

Can/should I ask a TA to write a grad school recommendation for me?

Can/should I ask a TA to write a grad school recommendation for me? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Oct 27, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I get around this minor Letter of Rec issue?

Letter of Recommendation Filter: Professor said yes, but it's more complicated than that. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Oct 11, 2008 - 15 answers

Therapist? Professor? Something else? Help me figure out a career/life-direction dilemma.

Therapist? Professor? Something else? Help me figure out a career/life-direction dilemma. Dear MeFites: You are wise. Please help me think through a tangle of career thoughts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Advice on Emailing Professors When Applying to Grad School?

Any advice concerning email communication with professors who I'll be contacting at the various schools that I will be applying to for PhD programs in Political Science? [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford on Aug 27, 2008 - 10 answers

What gift to thank an advisor?

What are some good appreciation gift ideas for a thesis advisor who was kind when the project took far longer than originally planned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 10 answers

Advice for faculty position job interview?

I just found out that I have an phone interview for a faculty (assistant professor) position (biology) at a liberal-arts college this Wednesday afternoon. Yay! But I've never actually had a formal interview before. Help! Also, I'm pregnant. Questions and advice requests inside. [more inside]
posted by gaspode on Apr 14, 2008 - 23 answers

How hard to become adjunct teacher of philosophy?

My formal educational background/profession is in a different area, but I would be interested in teaching a seminar on spirituality, comparative religion, and philosophy at a university. I've studied these areas informally. Anyway, I want it to be mostly a participatory, discussion-oriented class, not one where I pass down my knowledge from on high. How hard would this be to do and how should I go about doing it -- esp. at a well-known university like, say, NYU? I don't need much if any compensation.
posted by Malad on Mar 24, 2008 - 17 answers

To boot or not to boot?

Should I give my co-advisor the boot? Question about dealing with a difficult advisor for my grad program...a nice, long read awaits you... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Till tenure do us part?

Throughout my college career, I could probably count on one hand the number of professors I've seen who wear wedding rings, and this includes professors who mention their spouses. Is this just coincidence, or is there something to it? [more inside]
posted by phaded on Feb 6, 2008 - 25 answers

Adjunct Instructor, Lecturer, Professor...?

My contract said "Adjunct Professor." My faculty ID card said "Adjunct Instructor." My paycheck said "Lecture/Adjunct." I never cared since this was just a two-year, part-time gig and I had no further interest in academia... but I do need to call it something in my bio. I don't have a terminal degree, suggesting and the contract was wrong and the ID card was right. I emailed the department; they said they'd check but didn't email back (I'll ask again). This was at a large private university in the U.S. I have to finalize a bio tonight -- should I just say Adjunct Instructor?
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2008 - 25 answers

How do I let him know I'm interested?

How do I go about hitting on (and sleeping with) a man with whom I have an unequal power relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 - 49 answers

Who was this peripatetic observer of suburbia that I heard on NPR so long ago?

I heard a story on NPR some time ago, and am having no luck finding it now. It was about a man, possibly a professor of architecture, who taught students how to mindfully walk and study the suburban landscape. Who was this person? [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Oct 10, 2007 - 12 answers

Should I contact him, or leave it alone?

Should I contact him, or leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2007 - 36 answers

Advice for starting a tenure track science job.

NewAcademicJobFilter: What did/should you do, to start off a new academic job at a new institution and do it right? Lab? Colleagues? Students? People to know? Actions to take? How did you leave your own institution? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jul 3, 2007 - 6 answers

Please help me to make an ~*~impression~*~

Men's FashionFilter: I need to update my develop a wardrobe for the Fall and after. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Jun 15, 2007 - 19 answers

How to be a good and sane professor in a crazy research world

I am a new tenure track professor (research uni) in the US. I just finished my first year and feel barely competent in a lot of areas -- ok but not good teaching evals, 3-6 weeks late in paper "deadlines", so many last minute "preparations" for classes or meetings, no good ideas for future research. I need some help figuring out how to better play the game, or to be happier with just getting by. Fellow academics (or others in similar professions), to the bat phone! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2007 - 25 answers

Will grad school indecision leave a poor first impression?

Should I introduce myself to potential graduate school advisors at the earliest opportunity, or wait until I'm better prepared and less indecisive? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 1, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me become a Fine Arts Professor, or else help me back away humbly.

What can you tell me about excellent grad schools for the fine (visual!) arts in Eastern Canada... and about the job field for visual arts professors? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Dec 31, 2006 - 4 answers

How to get to know a professor?

How do I get to know my professors better (without coming off as a brown noser)? [more inside]
posted by champthom on Dec 3, 2006 - 27 answers

Who is the anti-Lawrence Lessig in relation to US copyright?

I am very familiar with Lawrence Lessig and his writings, particularly on copyright, but I thought it would only be fair to look at the other side. So, who are the biggest US names in pro-copyright/anti-Lessig law? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Nov 29, 2006 - 10 answers

How to deal with idiot professors

Verbally bitchslapping a professor via email: can I get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by baking soda on Nov 17, 2006 - 54 answers

Art Teachers ... what should i do

Should college art professors have an outside career in their field of arts aside from teaching? [more inside]
posted by matimer on Nov 5, 2006 - 18 answers

Resuming research work with an ex-professor?

How do I re-establish a research relationship with a professor I kinda-sorta worked with in college a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2006 - 13 answers

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