So I’m a professor now!

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last week we got an email from our HR department informing us that we are adopting the American ‘professor’ system of academic titles. So now I’m an Associate Professor! Personally, I’m glad this change has been made and it’s not because I’ve always fancied being a professor …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 19 June]

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What should students call their college professors?

Posted in Life on March 13th, 2014 by steve

“What are you supposed to call a professor? Her first name? ‘Professor’? ‘Mrs’ or ‘Ms’? ‘Doctor’? Or, my students’ perennial favorite email honorific, ‘Hi’? …” (more)

[Rebecca Schuman, Slate, 13 March]

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Naming rights

Posted in Life on March 7th, 2014 by steve

“Many years ago, when I was an undergraduate student, I was enthusiastically elected by my fellow students to represent them at staff meetings of my Faculty. Well, I was elected …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 7 March]

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An Irishman’s Diary

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2011 by steve

“I heard an academic introduced on radio recently as ‘a junked professor’, and at first it seemed a bit harsh. Surely they could have allowed the poor man to retire with dignity, I thought. Whatever faults he had, he should have been eased out with an honorary title, for example ‘professor emeritus’ …” (more)

[Frank McNally, Irish Times, 25 November]

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Academic Titles

Posted in Governance and administration on August 18th, 2011 by steve

“So it appears everyone is now upgraded to a Professor of some sorts. Quote: ‘Board at its meeting on 15th June 2011 approved a proposal from the Working Party on the Internationalisation of Academic Titles to replace the existing academic titles used in Trinity with the following: Current Title: Lecturer – New Title: Assistant Professor;…'” (discussion thread)

[HT: Terry McDonald]
[Trinity discussion forum,, 15 August]

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Overuse of professorships cheapens title, warns lecturer

Posted in Governance and administration on May 29th, 2009 by steve

UK“Universities are cheapening the title ‘professor’ by awarding it to administrators with no academic credentials, a senior lecturer argued today. Administrators are being rewarded with the rank if they hold ‘high status’ positions, while academics are considered worthy of the title only if they have an international reputation and scores of publications in their field, Dennis Hayes, senior education lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church, said …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 28 May]

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The life of a Professor

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“Exactly 19 years ago this month, at the age of 35, I was appointed to the post of Professor of Law at the University of Hull, England. At the time I believe I was the youngest professor of law in the United Kingdom. It probably won’t be very far into the future before anyone appointed to a professorship in a UK university at the age of 35 would be seen as rather old; in fact, it is likely that there will be academics calling themselves ‘Professor’ in their mid-20s very soon. The reason for this is that, for the past little while, some British universities have considered calling all permanent academics ‘Professor’. The first university to go down this road was the University of Warwick: since 2007 the entry-level permanent academic appointment there is ‘Assistant Professor’ …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 11 April]

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Oxford in talks over ‘professors’

Posted in Life on December 4th, 2008 by steve

“It is one of the most jealously guarded status symbols in higher education – but a University of Oxford academic is calling for all dons to be given the title of ‘professor’ once they have permanent posts. The proposal was put forward by Nicholas Bamforth, a fellow in law at Queen’s College, in response to a consultation by a university task force on an academic promotions scheme. If Dr Bamforth’s suggestion is adopted, Oxford would become the country’s second university to give all its academics the title of professor. The University of Warwick adopted this approach in 2007. Warwick renamed lecturers ‘assistant professors’ and senior lecturers and readers ‘associate professors’ …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, THE, 4 December]

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