Do professors enjoy the time they spend on administrative tasks?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. But few will admit enjoying it, for fear of being perceived as unserious about research. It's odd, since the three standard categories of academic life (teaching, research, and service/administration) are so varied and have so much in common.It's normal to divide academic work into three categories. They differ in

What are some common misconceptions about university professors?

Some of the answers given below are good, and the picture is very amusing and not far from the truth.I'm lucky to be a professor. I have an enjoyable job, I get to research things which interest me, and I

What are the biggest misconceptions about college and university faculty?

I think a great number of these professors live, perform, and teach in a sterile environment. Simply put in their world 1+1 always equals 2. Out in the real world, day to day, world of employment, all the layers of management, the bureaucracy, uncooperative employees, time demands

What is the biggest challenge in being a teacher?

There are many challenges of being a teacher. I have been teaching law for more than three years and I encountered the following challenges -1. Teaching people with different learning abilities - You constantly deal with fellow humans who all possess very different learning abilities! This is the

What's the hardest part of being a professor?

Publish or perish. Research in the biomedical sciences such as biochemistry is incredibly competitive. To maintain an active program, your work must satisfy two criteria that are very hard to meet: It must be

Have you ever seen a professor get roasted by a student in college?

Not by a single student. But by a whole class of boys....!!!!!!Let me keep it short and healthy. This happened some 2months ago. We had an English lecture. A lady lecturer around mid 30s used to take us that subject..She

Who is your favourite teacher? Why?

A teacher is one who motivates you, one who inspires you, one who guides you to reach your goal and importantly, transfers his/her knowledge to us, the knowledge that we are seeking for.Throughout my life, I have come across many great teachers who

Are people in academia arrogant? What is the role of arrogance in academia?

Well, most academics don't go around thinking, "I'm better than other people because I know X." We do wish that other people knew X.   We sometimes even forget that they don't know it, and that once we didn't know

Does it make sense to choose a university solely to take classes with one professor who is renowned in your field?

Revised Answer:It depends on the situation. When I first answered this question, I was thinking of situations in which someone chooses a particular person as a mentor, and applies to the institution. I have known people who have done this - I was focussing on personal experience.However, after reading Justin Ausanka's comment, I have to

Does testing make students smarter, or is it other work, like projects, that makes students smarter?

Projects improve skill, testing motivates students to improve that skill. However projects and testing does not make you smarter, just more experienced.It is the difference between a person who has 20 years of fencing and someone who takes up a saber and naturally knows how to use it. The outcome may look the same, but what

How to catch a student cheating in college

Have to admit that I haven't seen huge numbers of students cheating in college/university.A couple got nailed for plagiarism - not the full blown

Should all sporting coaches need schedule for when they must need to do it?

Yes! I use canUmeet. It's very simple to use and good part is It's completely free!. It has in-app CRM and Chat Messenger which I used to communicate with my client in case of any doubt. It has also integration with slack,

What are some common misconceptions about university professors?

Some of the answers given below are good, and the picture is very amusing and not far from the truth.I'm lucky to be a professor. I have an enjoyable job, I get to research things which interest me, and I

What are some common misconceptions that many students have about their professors?

I teach mainly undergrads, freshpersons and sophomores. They tend to be somewhat unsophisticated. So...That we are paid very large salaries, that are financed exclusively from student tuition payments.That all we do is teach 12 hours per week and... I dunno, play video games the

What are the biggest misconceptions about college and university faculty?

I think a great number of these professors live, perform, and teach in a sterile environment. Simply put in their world 1+1 always equals 2. Out in the real world, day to day, world of employment, all the layers of management, the bureaucracy, uncooperative

What do professors think of students who fall asleep in class?

A better way to word this question would be,

What is it like to be a professor?

TL;DR: It's varied and requires a lot of different skills that I didn't learn in school.I get to work on what I want to work on. I get to choose my own hours. But there are a lot of responsibilities beyond simply doing research and teaching. What these are depends on

What is the biggest challenge in being a teacher?

There are many challenges of being a teacher. I have been teaching law for more than three years and I encountered the following challenges -1. Teaching people with different learning abilities - You constantly deal with fellow humans who all possess very different learning abilities! This is the most

What is the measure of a successful college professor? Do they provide the 'easy' A's or challenge the students despite grades?

Successful is subjective, but let's look at who would be evaluating the metrics for success. The faculty/administration of the University would deem a faculty member successful by meeting or exceeding the requirements for tenure: instruction, scholarly productions, and service to the

What's the hardest part of being a professor?

Publish or perish. Research in the biomedical sciences such as biochemistry is incredibly competitive. To maintain an active program, your work must satisfy two criteria that are very hard to meet: It must be

What is Noam Chomsky like as a professor?

He is a force of nature. You do not need to agree with his views on everything to be deeply impressed by what he is able to do in his professorial role. I was a graduate student in Chomsky's department at MIT in the early 90s. I took a couple of classes