Why Your Old Professor Isn't Going Anywhere


We've all had that one professor, that man or woman who has stayed on board way past their time. They're teaching your course, really slowly, for the 5oth time and might have forgotten your name along the way, as well as the fact that you handed in last week's assignment. And you know what else? They're sticking around.

Some are staying at your university for purely economic reasons.

Others simply can't bring themselves to be separated from you.

You may feel the same way about them -- maybe -- but whether it's for love or for money, one thing seems clear, there are a few people who think older instructors should know when to call it quits and pass the baton.

It appears that those fresh-faced, free agent professors who could make up a younger faculty are the ones taking a bit of hit on this, let's face it, awkward and touchy situation.

Consider older teachers as salaried reporters and younger professors as freelance writers. The older instructors have the limited number of tenured spots that universities have to offer. If those spots are hung onto, they can't go to younger professors, who are only working at colleges on an "adjunct" basis or, basically, part-time. These professors, like 34-year-old professor Adam Davies, only earn around $30,000 a year compared to the $70,000 - $140,00 that tenured professors make countrywide.

Davies still has hope that he'll get a tenured spot soon and his love for teaching keeps him around. And while some institutions are trying to help his cause, though there isn't much they can do, Davies' older counterparts hold firm to their positions.

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