I have seen that some post-doc ads (in the US) do not explicitly ask for contact details of references. This is more or less common on LinkedIn, even for academic post-docs.

Is it ok to not provide those contact details initially, and just send a cover letter with the standard “please do not hesitate to contact me for additional information”? Or will it harm the application?

My advisor has been asking me to generate plots I am uncomfortable with, since they overestimate the success of our approach, or make the data seem less noisy than it is. He says this is okay because the numbers in the paper don’t matter as much as the high level message. What should I do?

We haven’t fabricated data per se but some of the analyses are sketchy. For example in one plot we are comparing our approach to a baseline, but due to lack of data, any point that our approach fails on will also register as a failure when we apply the baseline method to it, meaning our approach will always look better.

Due to lack of data, there’s no obvious “alternative plot”; the alternative would be not generating any plot, or generating a plot that underestimates the success of our approach (which he says is just as bad as overestimating its success). In some cases, our plot and another plot are equally defensible, but our plot looks a lot better so we kept it.

I have studied pre-dental. I have completed all the dental requirements classes from the university. I am taking a gap year while I am just working around at a dentist office. The big concern is my gpa isn’t strong enough to get into dental schools. I was going to do post-baccc but most post-back programs required to take DAT which I haven’t took it yet. This is why I didn’t apply to be in post-bacc. But I love doing all the hand jobs, I also took some arts classes because I wanted to show that I have some hand skills.
Since this is my gap year, I am also working at dentist office as a part time job. I have been thinking I can just go to nursing field and become a Registered nurse. and then try to work some while getting some experiences then I can apply to be a nurse practitioner. Right now I am so wandering around. I don’t know what to do here. If I get into nursing program and if I go after it, I’m scared it isn’t right for me. Also become a nurse practitioner will take same amount of years to get into post-back and go after a dental schools. I am scared to take a DAT test and write all the essays also when I don’t have to write as much as essays I have to apply to a nursing program. My parents aren’t too happy what I have told I am changing my path. Any recommendation or any advice here what I should do?


I want to complete my Master’s degree by next semester. Unfortunately, in my university Ai and Machine Learning courses are not offered next semester. I want to complete this requirement in order to graduate. My department is ok to transfer credit from another university. Could you please help

I’m a PhD student at a university in the UK. The head and director of graduate studies at my department are trying to get me removed from the department.

Almost all of this is going on over my head, but my supervisor has told me about a number of meetings and emails that have gone on about this topic.

On the basis of what my supervisor tells me, along with my own previous interactions with the head of department, I feel quite sure that what they are doing is discriminatory against me due to a disability that I have.

However, since I am not included in any of the emails etc. about this, I have almost no evidence. This makes it very difficult to defend myself against what they are doing and saying.

While my supervisor is on my side and doesn’t want me to be kicked out, he has a very poor understanding of disability issues and discrimination. His number one priority, of course, is protecting himself – ultimately it looks really bad for him to have a student that the head of department warned him would be trouble and ends up getting kicked out.

So he will tell me about these things in person, but not by email – if I ask him anything by email, he asks me to come to his office to discuss it.

Should I secretly record a meeting with him where I bring this up so that if it comes down to it, I have some evidence that the action is discriminatory?

I have some concerns about the behavior of a professor whose class I am taking, Professor A.

First, Professor A has been trying to involve me in his attempts to get another professor in the department, Professor B, fired:

I am taking different classes from two different professors that are in one department. Professor A has asked me to BCC him on all my emails to Professor B, in case Professor B does not pass me in his class. I took a class in the Spring semester with Professor B and never had a problem with him. Professor A said he can defend me, to the dean but needs documentation to prove I asked for help during the semester.

Today, Professor A asked me to write a detailed outline to him about Professor B and all of the things he has not done correctly in my class and then sign it and include my name, the company I work for and my job title. He wants to turn it in to the department chair to have Professor B fired. Professor A continues the conversation and tells me Professor B was supposed to have been placed on a performance improvement plan, but the school has gone through 4 chancellors so Professor B did not receive any disciplinary action.

I am also uncomfortable with other conversations I have had with Professor A:

Another time, Professor A asked me to look at an invitation his wife created for a fall fundraiser for the school. Both he and his wife want my opinion. I work in corporate America, but never did fundraising. He asked for my cell phone number to give it to his wife. I didn’t think anything of it and gave it to him. He texted me in the classroom so I would have his number. I thought it was very strange. I have stalled the meeting because I am busy with school and work. Plus it seems weird to me.

Professor A gave me his business card that his wife made him in case I want to contact him outside of school. Apparently, he is a musician when not teaching during the week.

I am really uncomfortable with these conversations. He waits until after class to have them. He told me he records all conversations on his phone when he speaks with the administration to use it against them in case the administration tries to get rid of him. I think it is unprofessional and unethical to say any of this to a student.

The semester is half over with and I only want to pass the class and never speak to Professor A again. I have not committed to anything because he creeps me out! I feel like he should be reported to someone, but I don’t want anything negative coming back to me. Can someone please help me with what I should do?

I have recently read a few articles which suggest that test scores correlate with socioeconomic status. As a result, test scores are actually a better measure of economic status than education quality according to these articles.

What other measures might be better indicators of educational outcomes than mere achievement scores? For example, according to the above references, a student transferring from Liberty Elementary in California or Riverdale Oregon might perform far better and receive a much better education in Stubenville, Ohio; Bremen City, Gal; or Newport City, Tn because they have the highest scores after adjusting for socioeconomic status. Are there any other measures besides this which might be better indicators of education quality?

I have always wanted to lecture at a university in a poor country, something like volunteering. I am currently in Australia and I have been in touch with a colleague in Sierra Leone (West Africa) who mentioned that they need lectures for a specific topic but they cannot afford to get hire one. So I thought of helping for one semester. The problem is traveling is expensive and most likely I will be taking an unpaid leave for that period.

My question is: are there agencies that can provide travel grants or cover some expenses for lecturers willing to volunteer in poor countries? Any pointers will be highly appreciated!