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How to lose a professor in 10 days (or less)
By Edna Htet

Allison Hobgood, Associate Professor of English

“Below are a few peeves I offer from the utmost place of love and affection for WU students: Please don’t stop by my office asking for a stapler or pen or paper clip. I am not your personal office supply store, especially if I don’t even know you.

Don’t ask me for help when you haven’t done your homework in the first place.

Please stop emailing me as if I’m your virtual world, text-speak, old-school bud. Our emails are a professional exchange.

Read my course syllabus. It really is a place where all the information you could possibly need for the course is listed.

If you schedule an appointment with me, show up. Even profuse email apologies about forgetting or sleeping through your alarm or having a brain fart don’t change the fact that you missed our meeting. Be there.

And finally: When you miss class, please don’t email asking ‘if you missed anything.’ Of course you did! This is school. “

 

Brandi Row Lazzarini, Associate Professor of Exercise Science

“My pet peeve is when students use pen on exams and they scribble all over them. Pencils only for math style problems.”

 

Don Negri, Professor of Economics

“I hate when students are on their phones during class, when they don’t try to stay engaged and when they are disruptive. Those three pretty much do it for me.”

 

Leslie Cutler, Administrative Assistant

“I hate when people don’t clean up after themselves.”

 

Bill Smaldone, Professor of History

“When students don’t bring their books or required text to class.

 

Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics

“I don’t like when students read the newspaper or some other book in class. Or when they text during class. Or when their phone rings and they answer it during class. I also don’t like when students email me to say they can’t make the test, during the test. And I guess cheating is annoying (laughs). Asking how they can place out of my class, like, ‘What can I do to avoid taking math?’ is probably the worst.”

Alison Fisher, Associate Professor of Chemistry

“When students don’t clean up after themselves after lab and think I’m going to clean it up for them. This is for all the chemistry students.

Another pet peeve is when students walk around campus with earbuds looking at the screen, mostly because I don’t want them to get killed.”

 

Anonymous

“My pet peeve is when students get up to take a pee during class, or they pretend to, and then I see them texting outside! Professors don’t get out in the middle of class to pee, you can hold it, too!”

 

Jennifer Jopp, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

“One of my few pet peeves is when students fold over, rather than staple, the corners of their papers.”

 

Scott Pike, Associate Professor of Environmental & Earth Sciences

“Don’t go to professors right before class. They’re probably prepping for class.”

 

Bill Duvall, Professor of History

“One time I let a student borrow a brand new book, and when they returned it, it was all highlighted and marked up. And I’ve noticed that students do the same thing with the library books, that drives me crazy!”

 

Noel Spencer Sitton, Visiting Professor of Mathematics

“My pet peeve is when students’ main question in class is: ‘Is this going to be on the exam?’ I like to teach concepts, and an exam is something we have to do.”

 

David Altman, Assistant Professor of Physics

“It bugs me whenever people want to ask me what equation to use instead of how do I do it. And sleeping in class.”

 

Roy Pérez, Assistant Professor of English

“My pet peeve is when a student dominates class discussions with strings of declarative statements.”

mhtet@willamette.edu