A Primer on what to call people.
One of the curious features of modern academia is how academic titles are used so differently in various countries. This isn’t really a posting on early Christianity, but I thought it might be informative (or even amusing) nevertheless.
In the North American setting, practically anyone teaching courses in a college or university is a “professor”. As in a statement such as, “All my professors in my university are good teachers.” And the term “Dr.” functions as a way of specifically offering deference or respect to one of them.
In the UK, on the other hand (and other side of the Atlantic), “Professor” is a title conferred solely by the university or college in which one is appointed (NB: it’s capitalized). Formerly, the only individuals given this title were those who held “established chairs” in given subjects. So, for example, there might be one Professor of Ancient History, the other academics…
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