I’d like to make a career change and go into teaching; for financial reasons (I had to care for my elderly parents, etc.) I’ve been in marketing for 15 years but my true talents lie in writing and teaching.

I’ve taught several seminars and worked as a college tutor and teaching assistant, run many volunteer writing workshops, and have many publications in literary journals, and a new book coming out this June by a reputable publisher. I received my MFA in honors and all of my seminar reviews are extremely positive.

I’m just not sure how to apply when every teaching job posting I find lists “at least two years” of college teaching experience as a prerequisite. At this point I’d even teach a semester free of charge if someone would give me a chance!

I have developed a device that would be patentable, however I have no funds to get an international patent.

I suspect that it might be better to write a research paper on the device so that people can read about it and provide funds for a patent, however I am worried that somebody can patent my device after reading my research paper. Alternatively, I could wait for a year or so when the college can get me funds and a patent lawyer and patent it with me.

Which should I do?

I do methodological research in Field A and am aware of the the related methodologies of Field B but have not used them. I was asked to review an article from Field B, which I initially declined due to lack of expertise. The editor asked me to reconsider because the article makes some claims about Field A and he wanted comments specifically from that perspective. I agreed to review.

I am reviewing the article and the editor was right to be concerned. The paper is otherwise excellent, however the authors are claiming that what they are doing in Field B is actually Field A (and using terminology from Field A but have ignored substantial literature). I am fine to write the review. However, I would really like to make a comment recommending that any mention of Field A should be removed from the paper (it would be fine without it) and noting that the overlap is an interesting question in its own right that should not be dealt with from the perspective of just one of the fields within an empirical paper about a specific topic.

I actually think that a specific methodological paper about the overlap and differences would be very worthwhile, coauthored from both fields and preferably written as the outcome of some sort of discussion at a workshop where each field trained the other. While the review is blind, I strongly suspect that the authors are from the institution that would be the most appropriate to develop such a workshop and paper. However, I am already aware of a researcher in my field who is drafting a paper (from the perspective of Field A, with no involvement of authors from Field B).

If I make the comment about interesting question in its own right, am I suggesting the separate paper? If so, is that a problem given that I know someone is working on something similar? Can I suggest to the person working on it that perhaps he should involve authors from the other field? Can I suggest a workshop to both the person working on it and the authors of the paper I am reviewing?

I’ve been thinking how I proctor and design exams, and I suspect (from things I hear) that there is much more cheating than I find evidence of. What are the most common ways university students cheat, say in a large lecture math or science class? For instance, some possible ways are:

  • looking at other students exams
  • sneaking in a cheat sheet
  • using a phone/prohibited device in class
  • getting help on a bathroom break
  • having someone else take the exam for you
  • getting a copy of the exam in advance
  • modifying an exam after grading and asking for points back

But I don’t know if any of these happen often enough that I should do more than I currently do.

Ideally, I’d like an answer with data from some studies on cheating, but I’d welcome extensive ancedotal evidence as well.

My professor is requiring students to pretend to be a closeted LGBT student for a day/or to perform actions that are “trans”. It’s worth 10% of the grade.

Edit: I’m queer and in my opinion this trivializes queer students and also creates unsafe situations for them

Edit for context: the assignment was not discussed. Not voluntary. The course is “religion in modern culture” and in the religion department.

I am doing a PhD with concentration on continental philosophy in Hong Kong (my MPhil also had the same concentration too), but I am really interested in political theory and political science and often audit relevant courses. I am wondering whether it is possible to get another PhD of political science in Germany, if I focus on empirical political science research or political theory, after finishing my current one, provided my German is fluent enough.

A colleague, “Bob”, recently asked me whether I’d be interested in having an intimate relationship with him; and while he was, overall, respectful about it, it has, quite frankly, given me the creeps.

How could I gently turn down his offer, while minimizing the risk of antagonizing him? We are collaborators and are part of the same lab.

I should say that he has asked me a few times now, through text messaging and in person. And I’ve said no already, which was not taken seriously by him.

For reasons of anonymity, I do not wish to disclose more information.