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Why Should I call my teacher "professor"?

freizen2006freizen2006 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
edited April 2010 in College Life
Instead of Mr./Ms/Mrs.? They're both the same thing the way I see it.
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Replies to: Why Should I call my teacher "professor"?

  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc Posts: 1,678Registered User Senior Member
    Because they won't grade you down...They spent the time for that degree, and deserve some respect.
  • siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa Posts: 503Registered User Member
    Because they worked hard for their degrees and "professor" is more respectful.
  • MushaboomBlueMushaboomBlue Posts: 1,715Registered User Senior Member
    Professor sounds better and shows more respect. No one is forcing you to call them that, but I find it more suitable and decent.
  • golfer3golfer3 Posts: 638Registered User Member
    It's a sign of respect as professors have usually earned Masters or Ph.D in his or her field. Some profs will let you call them Mr./Mrs/etc. and some will even let you call them by his or her first name but if you are unsure, it is always best to call that professor "professor" UNLESS he/she goes by another title (i.e. he introduces himself as Dr. Smith not Professor Smith).
  • Manhattan75Manhattan75 Posts: 523- Member
    Uh, why does everyone have the conception that professor is more respectful than teacher?

    In the truest sense of the words, teacher is far more respectful than professor. Literally anyone can profess, and that is literally why they are called professors - they just say **** and research. They do not care so much about your own edification. Teacher implies a more intimate and nurtured educational relationship.

    Personally, I wouldn't call them either "Teacher" or "Professor" when speaking to them. I would call them "sir", "ma'am", "mr.", "ms.", "dr.", etc.
  • mflevitymflevity Posts: 1,201Registered User Senior Member
    Call them what they tell you to call them. That's the best way to avoid any problems.

    All my professors so far have specifically asked us to call them by their first names (maybe a liberal arts college thing?). I haven't gotten completely comfortable with that yet, but I can usually get away without calling them anything. I mean, how often are you going to be yelling, "Hey! Professor X!" across the room?

    The worst part is when I'm emailing them...still can't get used to opening with "Hi, Susan..." and launching into my question.
  • LeesamurmurLeesamurmur Posts: 101Registered User Junior Member
    I've always felt weird with it, but I find that it's hard to call a prof by a title, because I never know if they're a "miss" or a "ms" or a "mrs." And it's WAY more polite to call them professor, because they went to school for 12+ years and have done numerous publications - they are not a simple "mr" nor are they a teacher. They are a professor.

    And yes, many of them are extremely conceited about this fact. It's an ego boost.
  • thisgirlisaGthisgirlisaG Posts: 1,338- Member
    you can't compare 'teacher' to 'professor' because you wouldn't be saying "teacher smith", or whoever, lol.
  • fearemanfeareman Posts: 475Registered User Junior Member
    I could never imagine calling a teacher by their first name... it would be so weird. Respect given towards teachers has been hardwired into our brains
  • Manhattan75Manhattan75 Posts: 523- Member
    because they went to school for 12+ years and have done numerous publications

    But to the guy working in a coal mine for 25+ years... Yeah, his work isn't deserving of any special recognition or courtesy. I think it is...
    an ego boost.

    Yes. That's about right. I think people who take too much stock in their "title" are just smug and snobby (sans nobilite), which would with hold me from extending them any special courtesy. My father is a "Dr." but won't rag on people who make a mistake and call him "Mr.", and he's about as old school (Yale '69) as you can get. Genuine people know it is only about the work you do and how you treat others, not about the title attached to the degree you got years ago.
  • hops_scouthops_scout Posts: 3,898Registered User Senior Member
    Call them what they tell you to call them. That's the best way to avoid any problems.

    All my professors so far have specifically asked us to call them by their first names (maybe a liberal arts college thing?). I haven't gotten completely comfortable with that yet, but I can usually get away without calling them anything. I mean, how often are you going to be yelling, "Hey! Professor X!" across the room?

    The worst part is when I'm emailing them...still can't get used to opening with "Hi, Susan..." and launching into my question.

    I'm with you. I have 3 professors this semester that go by their first name. The first two are alright-- we're a small program and so it's somewhat close. And both of them have last names that aren't exactly the easiest pronounced. They prefer to for us to call them by first name. When I email them though, I sometimes type their first name and other times I put Dr. ______. It just kind of depends.
  • afc10nsafc10ns Posts: 360Registered User Member
    "how often are you going to be yelling, "Hey! Professor X!" across the room?"

    Pretty often, but then again, I am in the X-men.
  • mflevitymflevity Posts: 1,201Registered User Senior Member
    ^Haha. I bet telepathy really comes in handy in college...
  • flushmaverickflushmaverick Posts: 261Registered User Junior Member
    This is what I think of when professors seem too intent on making people refer to them a certain way:

    U.N. Representative: So, Mr. Evil...
    Dr. Evil: It's Dr. Evil, I didn't spend six years in Evil Medical School to be called "mister," thank you very much.
  • MushaboomBlueMushaboomBlue Posts: 1,715Registered User Senior Member
    ^ haha. I like the teachers that want to be hip and tell people to call them by their first name. There was this professor I didn't care for who wanted us to call him by his first name, but I just kept calling him "professor".
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