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I've fount that respect can be conveyed without the use of any titles. I encourage my students to call me by my first name. As one of my instructors once told me during my grad school years, "We've spent decades trying to achieve equality and to erode status differentials that are based on titles. Why, especially in sociology, would we want to insist upon being called 'professor' or doctor?" It has been my experience that many who are "hung up" on titles or insistent on being addressed as "Dr." are using their credential for arguably shallow reasons of status; if you know your stuff, can teach, and treat your students with respect, you will be respected in turn.
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Sep 5, 2013