Yes, ma’am. I’m sorry, I mean Missus. No, Miss. Uh, I mean Doctor. Oh, but you also go by your first name? Okay….
Calling an instructor by his or her proper name shouldn’t be that difficult, especially for college students. It’s something we all learn before going off to our first day of kindergarten. But college is a new environment, and students are finding out that the Mr./Ms./Mrs. of high school may not always apply.
“I refer to two of my instructors as ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.,” said student Sparkle Lynn. “But I have another male teacher who I call by his first name.”
Lynn says college is a more professional environment than high school, and with that higher level of professionalism can come new expectations about what is and is not a respectful way to communicate with one’s instructors.
“College is an adult environment,” Lynn said. “Adults are interacting with adults in college, therefore an instructor’s choice of title can be used more freely within respectful boundaries.” [...]