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News: Talk online about your experiences as an adjunct, visiting assistant professor, postdoc, or other contract faculty member.
 
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 on: Today at 02:56:22 pm 
Started by atalanta - Last post by leobloom
Student came to class yesterday but did not scan the card properly to record attendance. Later last night s/he sent one e-mail reminder to update attendance.  In the morning two more identical e-mails came, with the specification that they will be sent until the attendance record will be changed to their satisfaction.

I promptly forwarded student's major's coordinator the third e-mail asking to discuss with the student their behavior. Haven't heard anything yet.

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 on: Today at 02:55:27 pm 
Started by achaeos - Last post by tijuanafina
The issue (IMHO) shouldn't be whether or not you can eat bacon, wear shorts or drink beer. The issue should be whether or not you will have the same exact freedoms teaching/researching at NYUAD as you do at NYU.

Unfortunately you absolutely do not. You are also supporting a dictatorship that has a horrific human rights record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_the_United_Arab_Emirates). That's ok because they give the US oil so we protect them and make them open McDonalds in their country. Otherwise their government is worse than the Taliban.

There is no way a country that punishes homosexualty by prison, kidnaps trans people at a party and takes them to jail where they are injected with testosterone, denies free speech (they have an entire department monitoring all written/visual materials coming into the country - you go to jail for having loosely defined "pornography"), jails people for even subtly mentioning the royal family or Islam in any critical way and is built on the backs of modern day slavery by its very definition would ever allow events like:

- Gay Pride Parade UAE
- Holocaust Remembrance Day
- Pasolini Film Festival
- Labor Day
- Protests against Professors who have been jailed (even writing a letter to the editor of the Khaleej Times about it) - ("Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi lecturer Nasser Ben Ghaith was arrested for making pro-democracy remarks in April 2011, alongside two other pro-democracy campaigners including blogger Ahmed Mansoor" - wikipedia).

He's still in jail five years later - http://www.amnestyusa.org/get-involved/take-action-now/united-arab-emirates-release-dr-nasser-bin-ghaith-immediately-ua-18315

Saying you can wear a bikini at the pool at the Hyatt isn't freedom to me. Having an open brothel like they do at the Al Ain Palace Hotel's bar the Ally Pally isn't freedom to me.

Selling your NYU values out for money to a dictatorship is selling out. It doesn't matter if you teach the Communist Manifesto on your little bubble on campus. Nobody is going to discuss it off campus because they will disappear, especially if they are non-Western and poor.

They bought you like a trophy wife. And they are still a completely horrific government that should not be supported in any way, especially by association, if you truly believe in academic freedom.

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 on: Today at 02:42:32 pm 
Started by lucky_day - Last post by lucky_day
Even if you get to do your own research, what's the tenure process look like for this new post? Is it even in the handbook? How is the occupant being evaluated?

(This sounds like the kind of half-thought out thing my place would do, only to discover that the position defies the handbook requirements for tenure line faculty.)

It's nice to be wanted, but run away.

A friend at AlmaMatterU actually sent me some of the internal documentation on this position and it looks like they've throughly defined the position and the tenure decision criteria. Essentially tenure decisions will be based on how often this person gets grants and publishes collaboratively with other faculty in the department. So I don't think it's half-baked, at least not from a paperwork standpoint. What worries me more is how the informal evaluations by other faculty will go as they don't have a precedent for this.

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 on: Today at 02:37:52 pm 
Started by double_rainbow - Last post by lucky_day
Just show half a dozen or so to demonstrate that people in your field care about your research. 

Lucky_Day appears to be in an unusual field where people apparently have more than a half dozen job talks per year, but don't get TT or other permanent-enough positions.  The one time I can think of that happening in my field was not a situation where anyone should have been advertising being invited for a lot of interview talks and then getting zero offers for multiple years in a row.

Lucky_Day said specifically that those who get interviews in his field often also have regular colloquium and conference invitations as well. Nor is it clear that he is limiting this point to just applicants for tenure-track positions, as opposed to more senior positions.

To clarify, people getting job interviews for TT assistant professor positions in my field are generally giving ~5 invited talks at conferences and/or seminars per year, not ~5 job talks per year. More senior people on the job market often give substantially more, but again I'm talking all invited talks not just job interview talks.

We don't have that much milk and honey flowing over here in STEM. :)

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 on: Today at 02:29:04 pm 
Started by mari5718 - Last post by lucky_day
...a summary of those teaching evals.

Please do make it a clear, concise summary -- no more than 2 pages. If it's on a Likert (5 point) scale you don't need to explain the scale as it's essentially universal. Include a plot or some other visual way to say "I'm an awesome teacher". This is doubly true if you are in a field that does a lot of quantitative work as numbers people trust numbers far more than we probably should -- even if they are biased, sexist, and generally unrepresentative of actual teacher effectiveness.

It's also particularly helpful if you can include department averages for that course or for similar courses (e.g., all intro courses), particularly if your course is traditionally difficult and/or unpopular. Some universities include those by default with their reports back to faculty, but almost all department chairs have them and can give them to you if you ask. Of course you should only include the course/department averages if you numbers are better.

I was once on a committee where an applicant submitted ~90 pages of scanned teaching evaluation forms from students. Not only was that totally useless (no one has time for that), it annoyed everyone on the search committee AND it temporarily crashed our campus-wide HR system as the file was over 600 MB. I bet you can guess what happened to that application.

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 on: Today at 02:28:22 pm 
Started by tuxedo_cat - Last post by titian
Fall must be coming, despite the weather. A mouse got into the house, and the cats caught it around 1:15 a.m. Then they released it, and caught it again. Repeat.

Repeat, again.

I hope that I manage to find the mouse alive tonight, and not identify its location by smell in a few days...

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 on: Today at 02:20:13 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by mlyn4099
test

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 on: Today at 02:11:15 pm 
Started by Ginger_sheep - Last post by lucky_day
I take a broad definition - if you were invited to give the talk then it's an invited talk. If you contributed the talk (normal for speakers at most conferences in my field) then it's not. I know people quibble over odd things, but I think you are fine as long as (a) you were invited to give the talk and (b) you clearly describe what it was.

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 on: Today at 02:00:08 pm 
Started by prytania3 - Last post by carmenftbl
This is a test

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 on: Today at 01:55:53 pm 
Started by see_wolf - Last post by melba_frilkins
Donald Duck

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