CCDean, a couple of weeks ago, had an article on ranks in academia.
A ft instructor wrote in about what he/she is called and how that title is viewed by the academic community at large.
DIfferent systems use different criteria and definitions for names, but the names themselves donâ€™t change much. This leads to no end of confusion.
It starts with something as simple as â€œprofessor.â€ Much of the unhappiness in the profession, I think, stems from people having very different ideas of what a â€œprofessorâ€ is. Is a â€œprofessorâ€ a researcher with graduate assistants who occasionally gives an auditorium lecture, or a teacher who relies on group discussion, or a learning coach who helps students navigate self-paced learning modules? Iâ€™ve seen it carry each of those meanings and many more, but if you think it means the first and you get hired somewhere that believes it means the third, I foresee heartache.
I’m noted as a professor on my book blurb. I was really worried when I saw it. Then I decided that, for the public who will most likely be reading the book, professor = college teacher.
Then it turns out my college has no tenure and no ranks. So everyone is a professor. Even me, the newly minted employee.
I was also a professor at one of my adjunct colleges. Everyone was one.
There are some interesting tales of names/ranks both in the article itself and in the comments.