On Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 3:25:13 AM UTC-7, Silvano wrote:
> An interesting difference: Italian "professori" teach at universities,
> but also at high schools, German "Professoren" only at universities.
> Where do professors in English-speaking countries teach?
In the U.S., professors teach (or maybe get away with doing research
only) at colleges and universities, not high schools.
Typically, the ranks are full professor or maybe just professor,
associate professor, assistant professor, and then others that may
or may not have "professor" in the title, such as adjunct professor.
The first two kinds are typically tenured, that is, those professors
keep their jobs except in extreme circumstances. Assistant
professors are typically "tenure-track", that is, they are hoping for
promotion to associate professor if they publish a lot and somebody
retires at the right moment. They often have to leave if they don't
get tenure within six years or so.
In my experience, undergraduates are barely aware of the
distinctions, if at all. Grad students are likely to know who in their
department has tenure. Members of the general public probably
understand only if they've had considerable contact with academia.
The media may or may not give the full title of the expert they're
quoting, the person who was arrested while trying to get into his
own house, or whatever.
The differences from the Australian system as described by Peter
Moylan seem to be that some of our full professors are among
their associate professors--you don't need an endowed chair--
and that some lower ranks are also called "professor".
Assistant Professor, Science Department