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 on: Today at 05:24:16 am 
Started by pondering - Last post by pondering
I just want to push back emphatically against the (less than a) handful of assumptions by OP and others on this thread that the title 'professor' belongs only to some combination of people with tenure or on the tenure track...

If you call a junior tenure-track colleague 'professor so and so' and an adjunct colleague 'Dr. so and so,' anyone who notices that you've chosen to make that distinction will take it as an insult, and ought to.

Thank you for this detailed response - I appreciate it. As you can see, I come from the UK/European tradition (addressed in your point 1), so I have a lot to learn about how US institutions work. I'll be sticking to first names for all colleagues, as I mentioned above I just want to make sure I don't use a disrespectful honorific in other situations, e.g. when mentioning another faculty member to students. It sounds like "Prof." should be the default go-to title to make sure I don't cause any offence to anybody.

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 on: Today at 04:45:15 am 
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 on: Today at 04:04:49 am 
Started by LSCh16 - Last post by LSCh16
OP here :)

Thank you for the helpful responses. I am an ESL, in fact. Typing on a phone in a car certainly didn't help, but yes, I do make typical ESL mistakes and have always needed to carefully edit my work before I send it out. My accent is native American English-ish (early childhood in the States), but my linguistic skills wax and wane depending on where I am and who I talk to the most. Thanks M, for suggesting that I might have communication problems that stem from my shaky grasp of language... in a field that values linguistic precision.

I wondered how I graduated, but then again I do not have a good pedigree. The department I graduated from is mid-ranking in our field. The graduates that  get TT at R1/R2 institutes are international students in their home country (those who stayed changed fields). The best placements in the States are TT at small liberal arts and community colleges (the worst? seasonal adjuncts flipping burgers at night). Top US students still consistently publish in high-ranking journals and regularly present at prestigious conferences, but they are not competitive on the job market. One managed to go through 2, 3 prestigious research postdoc positions, published a dozen articles in top journals... but he's still looking for permanent employment.

I just received another round of comments. The issues are pretty much the same:  did not display knowledge of the literature (to be fair, I'm in a new area and was expected to acquire the relevant lit on the job), lack of argumentation ("claims are easy but arguments are hard"), lack of terminological precision, etc.

I posted at Reddit and here in the hope that I could get a better sense of how deep my problems are. If it is possible to improve in the next year while I'm on the job, I would like to know how to do it. I want to understand why I didn't "get it" by dutifully completing my coursework and by working hard on my dissertation. What should I have done or done more while I was in grad school (e.g. read books on research and reading)? Most importantly, in order to improve, what can I do now?

However, if the struggles and pain will persist despite my best efforts in the next year, and if they are not normal aspects of research life... I guess I have to painfully admit that I have failed and quietly despair that after all those years of work I did not become the person I wanted to be: someone who can master the methods & ideas of this field and make interesting contributions. It's not the job in academia that I'm after, but the research and problem-setting skills that make me an academic.

Thank you once again for your help. I'm glad I could pick your minds.

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 on: Today at 01:56:49 am 
Started by figee - Last post by mountainguy
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Started by rowan1 - Last post by fiona
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 on: Today at 01:01:29 am 
Started by bibliothecula - Last post by alleyoxenfree
What terpsichore said - they tend to occur towards the end of the workout.

I think there is a dehydration factor in that I try not to drink a lot in the hour before getting into the pool. What I've tried to do is to be sure I drink a lot in the hours before that. Afternoon swimming is usually easier, perhaps for that reason.

It also seems to help to take a magnesium supplement daily.

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