Monthly Archives: September 2010

10 Phrases that Annoy Professors

At the beginning of this calendar year, and subsequently the spring semester, I promised a follow-up to the post “10 Questions that Annoy Professors.” I had no idea that post would resonate with so many people. Nice to know I’m not alone. So, in keeping with my promise, here is my top ten list of phrases that annoy professors. Many thanks to those who contributed directly and indirectly to this post.

10. I couldn’t find a parking space (or the bus was running late), so I was unable to make it to class.

9. I didn’t know that assignment was due today. (sometimes phrased as a question)

8. I know you don’t accept late work, but…..

7. I didn’t have time to print my assignment.

6. I wasn’t that late.

5. I don’t have many points for participation. (silence, and then…) What do I do to make that up?

4. I didn’t know there was an assignment sheet for this.

3. I’m sure you’ve already addressed this, but…

2. The same relative has died for the third time in two weeks.

1. Other professors let us.

Of course the order is my own, but I’d like to hear what you would change? Anything you would add? If you’ve asked these questions, why?

Image by Renneet Stowe as found in Creative Commons on Flickr.



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Interview with Alicia Deal

Last Friday I had the opportunity to chit-chat with departmental alumna, Alicia Deal. Alicia is the account manager and public relations representative for #33 on the racecar circuit, Kevin Harvick. I asked her to provide a few words of advice for students majoring in public relations, specifically those currently enrolled in the practicum course. Our practicum course is a class designed to prepare students for life after graduation, whether that is graduate school or the work force. Alicia addressed the following questions:

  • What she wish she would have taken more seriously.
  • How she landed her job.
  • How working is different and similar to academics.


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