I asked my students what they expect typical professors to be like. (In the first week of the course I had asked them about their expectations of me.) These particular students are mostly seniors.
I keep asking them this question for the sole reason that their answers make me LOL in the coffeeshop.
A lot of people think college professors are extroverted. Which is funny because I think the exact opposite. My act must be fooling them. Also a lot of people don’t include research in their description of what professors do all day, whereas it’s one of the first things I think about in my description.
A lot of them think that professor is synonymous with teacher, though there are a few who imagine a professor “tirelessly researching”. Does it count if I’m tired?
Wow, this person is deep: ” I know that I have been shocked by the lack of passion/critical thinking in the [redacted humanities] department, and of the awkward social interactions that I have had in the [redacted STEM] department, so my prototype is only relevant to my limited and most common experiences. While some of my professors are producing research that exposes certain systems in the university, some [redacted] professors are working hard to mask and solidify these systems.”
When you were an undergrad, what did you think your professors were up to all day?
#2 says: my mom was a professor, so I always thought professors were always super busy doing IMPORTANT things and I should be very careful of their time.