Originally Posted by MrG
I'm saying that using the title "professor" for someone holding a master's degree, which is what most if them have, and teaching in a non-tenure-track position at a community college without doing research is a pretty big stretch.
Could one argue that it's technically correct? I suppose, but their job isn't much different than that of most of the PhD candidates I know, and no one calls them "professor."
This guy: http://home.uchicago.edu/arsx/
was one of the most popular instructors at my school. He publishes real work, collaborates and consults with other big names, serves on the editorial board of a journal, and acts as a referee for several big named journals. He has also taught at both Princeton and William & Mary and has been doing all of this since the 70s.
But he has a MA and not a PhD so he is deemed "Senior Lecturer"--that's just the way it is.