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I was a university professor AMAA, submitted: 1/19/2017 11:08:18 PM, 19 points (+19|-0)

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I was a university professor AMAA, submitted: 1/19/2017 11:08:18 PM, 19 points (+19|-0)

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I was a university professor AMAA submitted by iwasauniprofessor to IAMA

iwasauniprofessor 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

Those who can't do, teach.

I used to hate that sentence, but after my experience in the industry I have to admit there is a nugget of truth to that.

Let me explain the difference, if you are a good teacher you will spend 60+ hours a week in order to put out quality courses but the vast majority of people in the industry are pure fucking piss-takers and they do not care about the educational impact of their work. It's a sad situation but it's true, once you're in the system it is very difficult to get those losers out.

I quit mainly due to bureaucracy and the difficulty in trying to change the system. Also, the administration that is passed off onto teachers eat up a huge amount of time which should be spent on improving their courses. The students unfortunately have gotten progressively worse (been teaching for 5 years). They have become unbelievably entitled to what they want out of courses and the university itself, to the point that anyone who is capable of teaching will quit uni because they don't want to listen to little whiny bitches on top of an incredibly demanding job.

Every semester I was 'graded' by my students, I had excellent responses such as 'this has been the best teacher I have ever had' along with 'this teacher was disrespectful to the students and should not be allowed to teach' in the same class. If your teaching score was low then you would be given a warning letter and this would effect your promotion and re-hiring within the university. I would accept any criticism if any qualified teacher would sit in my class and grade my teaching but instead it was relegated to students with a vested interest or a chip on their shoulder to grade my class. 90% of replies were either back slapping or completely vindictive.

I'm done with this shit, let the students get what they paid for, which is fuck all to begin with. They had a great deal at the beginning and they decided to piss on it. They do not know that I have quit and next semester they will have to deal with the consequences of their bitching. I have been in contact with the uni and so far they have had to hire two different professors to replace me. AMAA

I was a university professor AMAA submitted by iwasauniprofessor to IAMA

iwasauniprofessor 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago

Third level education is a necessary evil, you learn a lot more than just your subject.

University is not for everybody, you may not like to sit in front of a screen or a book for a long period of time, if you have the discipline to do that then it's a good place to cut your teeth. You learn how to live with people, pay the bills, work a second job and learn delayed gratification. You have to turn down social nights in order to get your assignment done. The majority of students (including myself) are not that way inclined, it's a paradigm shift that takes place incrementally over a number of years. I believe that this is the real value of university, once you come out of it you have the confidence to work hard, despite rough times and eventually achieve results.

University is for students who do not have the motivation or discipline to educate themselves (this is a large portion of the population). If you have zeroed in on what you want to do at a young age, AND have the discipline and motivation an apprenticeship or learning online is better than university learning.

You do not need a high priced university to learn the above. I have worked alongside private colleges that run into $160,000 for their four year tuition and I question whether or not they really get the benefit of that money. I won't get into my subject here but it deals with programming and you could take that amount of money, buy yourself a high end computer and learn everything you need to know online. The only question is are you motivated to do it.

The last thing I'll say is that some university's have good business contacts, that may be part of the fee but fuck me it better be worth it.

I was a university professor AMAA submitted by iwasauniprofessor to IAMA

iwasauniprofessor 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago

Hi and thanks for the question.

I'll contrast them professionally first and then personally.

Professional certifications are not recognised in most universities mainly because you have to have a level higher than the students that you are grading. So you need to have a masters if you grade degree students, you need to have a doctorate if you are grading masters students.

Personally I don't know enough about certs vs. degrees, I would imagine that it's pretty specific to the field that you are working in. Degrees in any case basically tell your employer that you are determined enough to work towards a goal for four years, certificates do not display the same commitment. International certifications would be viewed the same as certificates. Unfortunately you have to have the correct papers to get into academia, it's basically a 'boys club', do the same shit we went through in order to be recognised. I was at a disadvantage at uni because I didn't have a doctorate only a masters and that capped me at a certain pay even though the courses that I taught were insanely lucrative for the uni.

I'm sure that uni's are offering these courses simply because the money is cheap (student loans are easy to get) and they wanted more students, but they couldn't have the barriers so high. They made a decision (because other uni's also made that decision) to let in any fucktard with a wad of cash. Don't think of uni's as bastions of education, they are a business first and foremost, if your grant money is gone so is your job. It doesn't matter how good a teacher you are or how important your department is to society. At one stage uni's were pushing education but right now they are business, squeezing out professors (many professors are still on the 'adjunct' track... this means they have no real contract and teach the longest hours) and honing in on 'popular' courses.

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I was a university professor AMAA submitted by iwasauniprofessor to IAMA

iwasauniprofessor 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

This was fun! I'll be back in a week or so's time, so if you want to leave your questions here I'll answer them after a bit. I'm travelling at the moment and this has been a lot of fun wasting time. I'll get back to anyone with a question. Thanks, and Merry Trumpmas!

I was a university professor AMAA submitted by iwasauniprofessor to IAMA

iwasauniprofessor 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Nope. Never had the opportunity and would never have taken it. My wife is way hotter than my students. Wouldn't want to deal with the drama, I live a bullshit free life.

I was a university professor AMAA submitted by iwasauniprofessor to IAMA

iwasauniprofessor 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

creek creek motherfucker