East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
How to Address a Professor
In college one should address a professor as "Dr." or "Professor" rather than as "Mr.," "Miss," "Ms., or " Mrs." Some of us actually take offense at being addressed otherwise. I am perfectly comfortable with having my students address me by my first name -- Karl -- but do not like being called "Mr." Some professors do take offense if addressed by their first names. Some should probably be addressed as Dr. Evil or Professor Evil -- but never Mr. Evil, Miss Evil, Ms. Evil, or Mrs. Evil. In the infamous words of Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies, "That's Doctor Evil. I didn't go to Evil School for eight years to be called Mister Evil."
My personal preference is "Professor Karl," but graduate students, whom I consider colleagues, should feel free to address me as "Karl."
Academic Etiquette -- Accepted conventions for appropriate conduct in a classroom
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This page most recently revised on 14-January-2020.