Please suggest ways to make the best possible whiteboard "chalk talk" for a biological sciences faculty position interview at a research university in the U.S. The style of the chalk talk can vary widely by institution, and this handout describes some formats and has some suggestions. In practicing, I realize I have trouble writing legibly and remembering not to stand in front of what I've written, so I would especially love specific suggestions to address those issues.
Re-connecting with possibly supportive professor. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?
What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
Help me be an adjunct women's professor! Teaching a class for the first time and looking for teaching tips and reading/book suggestions! [more inside]
I think I want to become an English professor. How would I go about it? [more inside]
What's the best way to approach a teacher about what I feel is an unfair grade? [more inside]
How do I efficiently and effectively work with a research assistant? [more inside]
I am trying to find the name of a movie I watched on TV when I was a young kid back in the 1970s. The film was about a group of people lost in a forest after a blizzard. At one point they find a car and start shouting, "It's the professor!" But when they get to the car the people inside it are frozen to death. I'm pretty sure it was a film for adults that was being broadcast on TV or it could have been made for TV.
What Would You Do When A Professor Tells You to Draft Your Own Recommendation? [more inside]
What is the most gracious way for me to back out of the undergraduate research I said I would take up for the upcoming fall semester, given that I've spent two semesters working in the lab already? I don't want the people I worked with to have a bad impression of me because of the fact that I demonstrated so much interest in and commitment to their field only to quit prematurely. [more inside]
I'm an Assistant Professor with an upcoming job interview at another institution in the state where my spouse lives (we are currently long distance). My question: do I tell them about my spouse, and if so, how and when? [more inside]
I've always wanted to be a professor. However, it turns out that I suck at it! [more inside]
I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
Looking for group exercises, videos, exciting material to teach easily-distracted college students the building blocks of essay-writing and analysis. [more inside]
How do I ask for letters of recommendation for grad school when I can't meet with the professors in person? [more inside]
Art Professors and Art College Instructors: What helped you get through your first semester of teaching? [more inside]
How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me find this blog post or online article in which a professor humorously reverses classic student excuses for lateness/underperformance! [more inside]
How do I become a college instructor? [more inside]
What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
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]
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]
Please explain this British academic job ad to an American. [more inside]
Help me understand a poetry conundrum thrown up by the film The Good Shepherd. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Student/former professor romance. Personal experiences and anecdotes are welcome. [more inside]
Question about asking for a research assistant position with a professor [more inside]
Ladies, tell me how you seduced a man. Gentlemen, tell me how you were seduced. [more inside]
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]
Quote/saying: Old grass on new green? Old knowledge on new grass? I can't remember! [more inside]
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]
Calling all professors and teachers: What is crucial to keep in mind in order to foster a successful class discussion? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can/should I ask a TA to write a grad school recommendation for me? [more inside]
Letter of Recommendation Filter: Professor said yes, but it's more complicated than that. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]