junior undergrad wrote:
Say the professor is Dr. John Smith. I would always just call this person Dr. Smith, but many of my professors sign their emails simply using their first name. Does this mean I should just call him John?
I realize this thread is really old, but this particular post really bothers me, and I feel like I need to say something. I don't think it's fair to sign your emails with your first name but still expect people to call you Dr. or Professor So-and-So. That's inconsistent and confusing. It doesn't make you a douchebag to refer to yourself as Dr. or Professor. That's what you are, and if that's what you want to be called, you have every right - and every responsibility - to refer to yourself as such. What makes you a douchebag is referring to yourself as John, and then expecting people to call you Dr. Smith. Proper email etiquette is that students address the first email formally with "Dear Dr. or Professor...," and then any further emails are addressed to the name that the professor most recently responded with (sometimes professors wait a few months to develop a good relationship with a student before allowing them to call them by their first name, and that's okay).
Gary Gary wrote:
I am a professor and always sign my first name when writing to my students, because that is my name. However, I expect students to call me Dr. or Professor plus my last name. I would feel like a total douchebag referring to myself as Dr. or Professor.