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But the “line gets drawn when you're throwing your arms around your students and drunkenly saying they look hot when they dance!” That wasn’t the case for Tamara Johnson, who tweeted about an English professor who told her as an undergraduate that “female students were like fishing lures, drawing male instructors into deep waters.” He also made inappropriate remarks about rape, vaguely in relation to a lecture, soon after, she said—making her feel highly uncomfortable.But a recent Twitter thread started by a popular feminist blogger examines a dark side of that cliché in real-life academe, one in which professors’ advances—intellectual and otherwise—feed a need for validation and flattery, and at times cross the line into sexual harassment.“Just yesterday, in one of my intro classes, I used the word ‘problematic’ in a sentence—real casual, just to let them know I’m one of the good guys—and not one of them stayed after the lecture to ask me just what I meant by that or to see if they could borrow the conspicuously dog-eared copy of He continues, later, after some bottle-passing: “That copy has my phone number in it.Courtney Marshall, a former UNH professor, posted a photo of the two students who are called to be expelled on her Facebook page, writing, “There was a walkout yesterday at my former institution (UNH), and these two people showed up.” The photo spread to some current professors in the English and Women’s Studies departments, Campus Reform reported. participate in political activity, or contribute funds to any entity engaged in these activities.” Mantz said the university was “troubled” by the posts, even though they hadn’t been removed from the department’s Facebook page and said the university was aware of state law regarding political activity.“Time to call for an investigation leading to the expulsion of these students,” said Robin Hackett, associate professor of English and faculty member of the Women’s Studies Program, “before listing the names of several administrators for professors to direct their complaints.” “Another English professor and Women’s Studies Program faculty member, Siobhan Senier, drafted a letter to UNH President Huddleston and Provost Targett, claiming that the Harambe costume is ‘harassing, intimidating, and racist.'” “Somebody knows who these two students are, who dressed as Nixon and Harambe,” Senier wrote. No action has been taken against any of the professors in the department or the department itself.I’m curious about others (that means you, blog reader!): have you ever noticed a preference for interacting with loud vs.
In an email, Saxena said she enjoyed close relationships with several of her professors, and that in New Orleans, seeing faculty members out at a bar was not outside the norm.
As a sometime-adjunct professor who most recently taught at San Diego City College, she said: “I've been in the position of professor as well as student and I think it's likely that had I the privileges, but not the [negative] experiences, I would have taken advantage of my power to sexualize my relationships with students without even recognizing what I was doing.” “Men are overwhelmingly the majority of full professors by rank,” she said, noting recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
“So that means male faculty by definition have greater power and authority on campus by virtue of both rank and numbers.” She continued: “Does that mean every male faculty member abuses that authority (as the Twitter [thread] suggests)?
And while male professors did seem to bask more in that attention than did female professors, she said, “I never saw the ‘attention-needing male professor’ as a rule.” Ortberg said via email that “most young women who've gone through undergraduate or graduate studies have had fairly similar experiences” with professors it was “best to steer clear of and not to cross.” And it’s important not to label professors whose conduct constitutes sexual harassment as “seductive,” she added.
“I think if your job is to command the attention of a room and instill knowledge into people, then you're probably going to thrive on receiving that attention,” the Tulane graduate said. ” Of course, she noted, “I think the difference lies in what you do with that attention.