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Even in an age when the feminists apparently control everything, it seems that the practice of older (usually male) scholars sleeping with much younger (usually female) graduate students is alive and …well, I wouldn’t say “well.” With two such relationships making recent news in the discipline of philosophy alone, for some of the older generation of professors (again, mostly male), the grad students are still a dating pool—and vice versa.Your teaching assistantship represents a chance to solidify your overall understanding of computer science fundamentals.The saying 'the best way to learn something is to teach it' is based on the testimony of most experienced teachers. With only four weeks left to the semester, I say go for it. I know more than a handful of students who would have gladly given up their virtue for a grade boost. A.s are again driven, underfed creatures (and a valuable part of our academic structure), they are not going to risk their job or that precious recommendation letter for a quick hump. Take the e-mail as an opportunity, and do with it what you want. That’s a pretty wide and varied segment of the population to make any sort of general sort of judgment on. If on the other hand, you were hoping to reap some academic benefits from this experience– let go of the dream. Dear TATC, Bwog Boy seems to have gotten it about right. And the established method of communication means you and your T. never have to acknowledge one another in class if you don’t want to!I received the following email this past term: Hi TA E. Thanks, Bob You do not want to write an email like this to your teaching assistant. As usual, I just talked in circles about irrelevant information that won't even be on the test, mostly because I just enjoy the sound of my own voice. It was rainy and I was tired and Grey's Anatomy in my bed seemed like a much better idea.

It is designed as a resource for graduate students, their academic units and other appointing units on campus.

(Just count the times this author uses the word “hero.”) Thus, the master/protégé dynamic cements power differentials that are simply too pronounced to create a healthy relationship, Not to mention the fact that grad-student/faculty relationships literally ruin careers: When a student and faculty member start sleeping together, rarely is it a well-kept secret; often, the student becomes a departmental pariah.

Without support from fellow students (and, often, dismissed by the other professors in the department), many of these once-promising grad students wind up out of the discipline entirely.

So why does it still happen (other than the fact that people enjoy having sex)?

It happens because in many academic disciplines—such as, of course, philosophy, which already enjoys a reputation for misconduct—there is a tendency for beginning scholars to have “philosophical idols,” as explained to me by Meena Krishnamurthy, an assistant professor at the University of Manitoba.

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