earlyamerican Posted February 9, 2009 Share Posted February 9, 2009 OK, this whole thread cracks me up. True story: Back when my senior honors cohort was beginning the sequence of seminars for our theses with our beloved department advisor (BDA), one student asked the rest of us what we called the BDA. Turns out we were all super confused & awkward. None of us could think of a single time that he had actually introduced himself at the start of one of our classes, thereby cuing us. We started breaking it down. We knew the following things: 1. Other faculty AND staff called him by his first name, which is actually a common nickname for his real first name 2. One of us had called him by his first name once, and was not corrected, though the student felt weird about it 3. He signs all his emails very warmly but with only his initials 4. The initials he uses on those emails are the initials of his full first name, not the nickname. 5. Our university's culture was such that only the most arrogant blowhard profs would demand that they be addressed as Prof X, and nobody really went by Dr. X. 6. Our BDA was no blowhard, yet had his share of sensitivities. 7. Here's the catch: he was a senior lecturer, not TT, though he frequently ran the department and has been there since the 70s. So not actually technically a "Professor." We were wise enough as undergrads to allow for the fact that this may be a sore spot. It's like a freaking LSAT logic problem, is it not? We spent most of an hour one night discussing this! I took the strategy of trying to use his name as infrequently as possible, but I have stuck with Professor Lastname. Years later, I figure it's a term of endearment. It still cracks me up because even now, when writing emails, I have to pause to consider whether to issue the "Professor" treatment or to just skip it. If I'm replying to an ongoing thread, I skip it. If I haven't written in a while, or he hasn't, I bring on the Prof. All this complicated BS and he probably doesn't even care or notice. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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