Professor. Just the word elicits respect, and respect is something we don’t have or show a lot of in 2018 America. We call physicians ‘doc’, coaches, bosses, aunts and uncles by their first names, and almost everyone else ‘dude’ … except for politicians and lawyers. But even the most confident of us wants to impress when dining or conversing with a professor.
Teacher doesn’t have the same shine, does it?
Teachers seem more human, more approachable, and generally speaking are not shown the type of respect college professors enjoy.