Professors don’t need to spend so much time professing, says Chronicle contributor

October 25, 2016

“It’s natural that when we go through professional training we become acculturated to our disciplines in ways that spill into our personal lives,” writes Rachel Toor for the Chronicle of Higher Education. “For professors, that means we tend to profess.” Toor argues that there are many reasons why professors’ tendency to expound or monologue about a given subject is understandable, as they may feel a need to prove themselves or “just get so excited about the material that they can’t refrain from pointing out every single thing they think is cool.” Ultimately, however, Toor concludes that no matter how knowledgeable one may be, one does not have the right to neglect the give-and-take that is necessary for good communication. Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)