The Social Dimension of the Professor-Student Relationship

In a comment on a previous post, Natalie writes:

I would really like to see a post/some discussion about how different people manage the socialising-with-students thing. Thinking of my own lecturers, mentors, etc, they mostly fell into one of two extreme groups—either no socialising at all, or ill-thought out (and sometimes inappropriate) socialising—and so I don’t feel like I have a model of what to do with my own students. Of course different situations/people/dynamics call for different strategies, but I’d really like to see a variety of different ones for some inspiration. And it might also be a useful way to start a conversation with people who don’t currently give much thought to how/whether they should socialise with students.

Thoughts from students and professors welcome.

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