I have seen several questions pertaining to the salaries of professors in the United States. Is there any research/study/survey/… that looked at the non-salary income computer science professors make in the United States?

By non-salary income I mean any income that doesn’t come from the salary. Examples: teaching outside the university, cash from awards, running a side start-up/business, consulting, sitting on boards of directors, giving talks, book royalties, patent royalties.

When I was a graduate student in the 1980s, I translated a treatise written by an important artist into English. A person who at the time was an assistant professor approached me about it. Flattered by the professor’s interest, I gave him/her a copy. Soon thereafter, I asked for my translation back, but the professor asked to keep it a while longer. Since I was a student, I was afraid to insist on its prompt return.

A few years later, the professor found a publisher for the translation. We signed contracts with the publisher in which we were both designated as co-authors. The professor claimed to have “reworked” my translation and we are both credited on the title page as translators. The professor wrote an introduction and edited the translation so the professor’s name is also on the title page as editor.

Recently, it has come to my attention that the professor, who is now an emeritus professor, is claiming to be the sole author. I recently attended a conference where the professor gave the keynote address. The professor was introduced as the sole author of this book. I decided not to say anything at the time since the introduction was spoken and I couldn’t prove that my name wasn’t mentioned. However, I recently came across the professor’s written biography on the internet where the claim is made that “[the professor’s] book presents an edition, translation and . . . commentary” of the treatise.

Should the professor mention my name in connection with the translation in such a circumstance? If so, how do I go about getting the professor to do this?

I should mention that the professor has done many collaborative projects and in every case other than our book, the other collaborators are mentioned in the biography. Also, there is a long history of my having to remind this professor to acknowledge my work. Before our book was published, the professor gave a conference paper on the treatise and didn’t mention that I had translated it. When I call it to the professor’s attention, the professor said it was an oversight. The next time it happened and I mentioned it to the professor, I was told that the project could have been done without me. Every time it has come up, there is a new excuse.

There is no question in my mind that the professor is intentionally leaving me out. My question is whether it is worth pursuing since my name is on the title page of the book itself as a co-translator and other scholars will see it there. It really bothers me that the professor is claiming credit for my work by omitting my name.

My PhD supervisor claims being first author of all the work I do. I also write research proposals for his grants and the rest of our group, he just redirects their emails to me and pretends that he’s writing it.

He refuses to start my PhD programme – no idea for a possible subject.

I’m depressed, because I do not get ANY training or advice from him, just “write something fast with a big impact”. I haven’t even got a specific subject to work on. We basically meet each other during conferences or holidays. He does not correct any mistakes and barely knows what I’m actually doing. I’m about to quit my PhD completely… or leave academia just afterwards.

For obvious reasons I can’t compare this situation with other universities, so that I’d be grateful for your opinion.

I’m doing a study which requires me to get data about which operating systems are used the most on mobile devices. Since I need to refer to the sources in the official document, those sources need to be confirmed. I’ve seen some researches, but I either can’t confirm the source, or need to pay to see the survey/research.

Is there a way to obtain data on this subject? Or, preferably, on all IT-related matters?

I have been invited to contribute a position paper to an upcoming conference on higher education. However, I am unfamiliar with them beyond a general description.

I’m concerned about what the norms are for these kinds of papers (since I have never written, nor read, one). Some questions I have include:

  • How much evidence for the position is normally provided?
  • What kinds of questions are reasonable to leave unanswered?
  • How long are they?
  • What level of counter-argument should be included?

I believe after reading a few I could answer these, which is why I’m asking this question.

As I look for samples, 90% of what I find relate to Model UN. Is there a good source to find samples of position papers for academic conferences?

Having recently being through the PhD admissions process, finding an advisor was a lot of work. I also hear of labs with funding seeking phd prospects. I wonder if having a central online platform where faculty can recruit PhD students (or post lab openings) for their labs would be helpful. Perhaps being able to see your options upfront as a faculty and a student might lead to better ‘fit’ between the new advisor and advisee. I built a prototype for the fun of it and now I’m curious if faculty would actually appreciate such a tool. Will it make life easier or increase overhead if you had a repository of students you can pick and choose from and attempt to recruit to your program?

I have been talking to a professor from University X and had agreed I would work in her lab at the start of the semester. She has been amazing and has worked with me through the entire process. I was accepted the other day and she wrote a letter to get me funding from the University, which ended up being approved.

I was going to write up the letters to other professors I had been speaking to this weekend to let them know of my decision and thank them for their time and consideration. I wish I had.

I just received an email from another professor and at University whose program is ranked slightly higher. This professor has a higher H index and their mentor wrote the book in my field, and also has coauthored many papers with the leading researchers in my particular interest. Basically, slowly turning into a dream placement the more I look at it.

I spent hours searching for anything that might rank the university X (the original) over university Y and the more I researched the more I had the feeling I may have just made a mistake. I know I shouldn’t have accepted without hearing back from the other universities, but things were moving fast and I didn’t slow down to take a step back. So, without accepting in writing, just conversations via email and skype, would this be a big foul? It is pretty clearly spelled out for those entering during the fall under the April 15th Agreement, however for the Spring Semester,there doesn’t seem to be any guidance. I understand that there was considerable effort put in by University X and I am not decided either way, I am just wondering if it is worth my time to worry about/approach the situation.