There is that old adage, “Those that can’t do, teach college.” While I take offense to that sentiment, I do understand where it comes from. The job of a college professor is quite nice.
For me, I teach in a small Christian college. We are a “teaching institution” which means we are not required to pump out articles and books to keep our jobs. While most of our faculty do write and publish, we are strongly encouraged to be great teachers and mentors to our students, not necessarily world-renown researchers and authors.
Every day I get to interact with students who, for the most part, WANT to learn. Who have chosen to attend college to get an education. They WANT to stay after class and talk diving into the topic more. During the semester I teach two or three 1 hour classes per day which means I can focus on those topics with clarity and purpose.
I have a great office. I have awesome colleagues and brothers in Christ who teach alongside of me in my department. I have an outstanding boss, the Dean, who supports our team and encourages us in all our ministries outside of the university.
But most of all, I love my job as a professor because I get to teach students openly about Jesus. During an age and time in their lives when some will leave their faith, my job is to keep them connected with the Lord. And for those who have yet to trust in Jesus, who come to a Christian college that requires them to takes classes in Theology, I get the opportunity every Tuesday and Thursday to share the Gospel with them.
This gig is too good!