Professor Lost It At Student's Loud Yawn

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As a former Full Professor who retired early due to family reasons, I really sympathize with this Cornell U. “professor” who lost it. He’s Mark Talbert, a Senior Lecturer (not Professor or Dr.; he has a Master’s degree, not Ph.D.) at Cornell U.’s School of Hotel Administration.
But I also know that the way Talbert handled the yawning incident is most unwise and just plain ineffective. That student who made the loud yawn clearly was baiting Talbert — and Talbert took the bait. I would have either ignored the yawn or say something funny with a BIG smile.
I am 100% certain Talbert’s students — including those who did not yawn — will retaliate, giving him terrible reviews in their anonymous end-of-semester course evaluations and on the RateMyProfessor website, where he has an overall rating of 2.4 (out of a maximum 5.0). Ouch.
Students can be extremely vicious. I can safely predict that Mr. Talbert will remain a Senior Lecturer and will never get a “ladder” tenure-track position as a junior Assistant Professor.
~Eowyn

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Patriot Angel
Patriot Angel
9 years ago

It is a real shame that kids today don’t have any respect or subtlety. Back when “I” was in high school we knew not to do that. If we had to yawn, we either stifled it or were very discreet about it.
I don’t really blame the kids too much…I blame the PARENTS! My kids knew better. They either showed respect or else it wasn’t shown to them.
(It’s amazing what you find when you go through a kid’s room without notice)…but they learned 😉

bloomergal
bloomergal
9 years ago

Authority figure demanded his “target group” to rat-out the perp and “target group” protected their own. Score one for “target group”.
I’ve been typing 30 hours of transcripts of interviews with Holocaust survivors and historians. I can recognize a Nazi when I see one!

bloomergal
bloomergal
9 years ago

Sorry, Eowyn! Actually, I’m in agreement with your original assessment, that he handled it badly. As you said, he should have used humor and gone on and spared himself this embarassing YouTube moment that will follow him forever. Obviously, spending hours everyday listening to WWII horror stories has warped my sense of proportion! I’m nearly finished with the project, only three more interview to go! They’re going to be compiled into a book by the interviewer, my friend, Roger Fredinburg. It’s from his 1997-1998 radio series THE HOLOCAUST: WE MUST REMEMBER https://www.regularguy.com/news/the-holocaust-we-must-remember/ My favorite interview is with JACK & ROCHELLE,… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago