Prof Notes Reviews

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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


I love Melissa Anderson’s tiny observations, which capture the arc of the academic year along with the wry details of faculty routines.  Each rereading reminds me why I chose an academic life.

Karen R. Seashore, Regents Professor and Beck Chair of Ideas in Education, University of Minnesota


I am astonished how Professor Anderson successfully distills the academic experience into an observation of just a few lines. 

— Michael Kalichman, Professor of Pathology, University of California San Diego.


Prof Notes elicits chuckles, outright laughter, knowing nods, eye rolls, and solemn pauses. These wry and insightful observations resonate with the realities of my own experiences as a graduate student, faculty member, and administrator. Writing from a place of genuine affection for higher education, Anderson captures complexity in brief notes that remind me why I love what I do and affirm that I belong in the beautifully quirky land of academe. 

— S. Lynn Shollen, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport University, Virginia


With wit, insight, and style, Professor Anderson captures the follies, paradoxes, and joys of academic life. This little volume is a treat for those who have chosen the academic life and for those who are curious about what goes on at a college or university. 

— James C. Hearn, Professor of Higher Education, University of Georgia


Wisdom and insight surface everywhere in the observations found in Prof Notes. They resonate with the complexities of academia and bring to life the personalities and differences in thinking that abound within a university department.  I only wish that I’d had this book when I accepted a university faculty position. 

— Joe Alfano, Retired Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota