I was 17, he was My friends were polarized — they thought the relationship was either charming or revolting. It ended messily but the lessons were lasting. This piece is part of our Formative Years series , where writers reflect on their college experience. Like so many wide-eyed college kids before me, I had a crush on my professor. It all began 10 years this week.
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Students Dating College Professors
Academia Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for academics and those enrolled in higher education. It only takes a minute to sign up. Connect and share knowledge within a single location that is structured and easy to search. I am a recent PhD graduate in mathematics, and I will be starting a tenure-track position this fall at a small liberal arts college in a northern US city. My graduate degree was completed at a large university in a college town, and I made occasional use of dating apps during my time there. They were only mildly useful at best, but they facilitated interaction with people outside my normal social circle, which I enjoyed. My instinct tells me that I should avoid such apps in my new position, but I'd like to seek outside opinions.
I Am A Professor At A Prestigious University, And I Am Sleeping With One Of My Freshman Students
A scenario that has been raising concern on college campuses might go something like this: He is a middle-aged English professor, an expert on Henry James, who appears worldly and sophisticated in his tweed jacket while lecturing to his class. She is an year-old freshman, starry eyed and entranced by her teacher's apparent brilliance and sensitivity. He is flattered by her attention.
While relationships between students and professors aren't unheard of, they can be a source for all kinds of problems. A professor is in a position of authority over a student, whether or not he or she is that student's teacher or supervisor, which makes any dating arrangement tricky at best. Ultimately, if the two are consenting adults there's no scenario where it's OK for a high school teacher to date a current student , there's not much anyone can do to prevent them from pursuing a romantic relationship.