Prof Notes

Prof Notes: Wry Observations on Academic Life
Poppy Anna Press (March 2022)
184 pages

ISBN: 979-8985311709
ISBN: 979-8985311716 (ebook)

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Prof Notes: Wry Observations on Academic Life
by Melissa S. Anderson

Prof Notes is a collection of observations on academic life from a professor’s perspective. These irreverent, five-line notes reveal the humor and quirkiness in tiny details of the academic world, as well as in the grand gestures of a university. Melissa S. Anderson lets her deep affection for higher education shine through, even as she calls attention to its absurdities.

Prof Notes  is for anyone living the academic life – faculty members, administrators, graduate students, staff members, postdocs, researchers, instructors and college students – and for anyone who is curious about what goes on in higher education. It presents commentary on students, research, graduate school, the rhythms of the academic year, administrative problems, colleagues, faculty life, the loveliness of a campus, academic conflicts, committee meetings, academic conferences, instructional technology, academic buildings, scholarly traditions, loss, triumphs, poignancy, silliness and more. 



We academics are often too busy to delight in the everyday pleasures of our work and to laugh at our (many) foibles. Take the time to sit with Anderson’s Prof Notes.  She will remind you of why you chose this life.

—Raymond De Vries, Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan


You do not have to be familiar with the rhythm or the intricacies of academic life to appreciate Prof Notes. Each note is a vivid reminder of the insight and humor to be found in the most common of places, situations, and circumstances. 

—Melissa A. Kirk, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Antioch University, New York


In Prof Notes, professors, graduate students, administrators and staff will recognize themselves, their colleagues, and the strange practices that we think of as normal academic behavior. For those who have spent time working in higher education, Prof Notes will be strikingly familiar, illuminating and hilarious. 

Rebecca Ropers, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota


In these pages are pearls of wisdom and useful knowledge about all aspects of academic life, beautifully conveyed against the backdrop of the natural rhythms of the academic year. Prof Notes is a comforting, humorous and profoundly insightful encapsulation of the collective experience of our wonderful profession.

—Eric G. Campbell, Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado