Why Professors Complain

GAWKER–Why Professors Complain: “As far as my own syllabi, here’s what I do, and what countless other professors do as well: I post it online. Radical, I know. On the first day, I show it on a projection screen to my students, and hand over a single piece of paper with the website’s address. One piece of paper. On that same sheet is my email address. I encourage them to contact me anytime. Here’s my email policy: ‘Email me anytime.’ Am I overwhelmed with emails? Sometimes. Email is part of my job.” Many professors do complain about dealing with students, but I think prohibiting students from emailing or lamenting the expansion of syllabi are a lot of huffing about non-important things regarding teaching.  I get a lot of helpful advice from those emails.


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