Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The Professorship: Just a Job-Or a Higher Calling?

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

The Professorship: Just a Job-Or a Higher Calling?

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I have found that teaching, tutoring, mentoring, advising, helping, and advancing the students' academic and economic interests is what matters ultimately. Foremost, be a student's professor; be a mensch! I believe that committee service benefiting students is of tremendous importance--for example, chairing a grievance board on campus charged with the adjudication of academic disputes between students versus faculty and administrators, so that there is due process and either of the litigants has a fair chance to prevail; involvement in the activities of professional societies in matters beneficial for students; and diligent cultivation of germane professional friendships.

A professor's involvement with the development of the student's professional career should not end with the day of graduation. Many a student will appreciate further advice, counseling, and mentoring, a helping hand in launching postgraduate pursuits; the professor may be very valuable with references and recommendations for a job, admission to further education, such as graduate school, medical school, law school, and so forth. Engaging the professor's personal connections, maybe even pulling some strings, can provide valuable assistance (but, to be effective, it shall never be forgotten, that the professor's reputation and aura of honesty must be unimpeachable). …

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