But aren’t you a secretary?

Posted: October 9, 2010 by Jender in You can't be a professor/lecturer

This morning a student tried to give me a paper he needed to submit to another professor. He came into my office and said, “This is for Professor X.” I said, “But I’m not Professor X.” He replied, “Oh, you’re not his sec-.” No, I’m not his secretary. To be clear, I was in my own faculty office, complete with my name and title on the door, surrounded by the usual accessories of the professoriate, and located nowhere near anything resembling an administrative office. The student recognized his blunder even as he made it, but did ask that I then show him how to find Professor X’s office.

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