Sam Mason (sammason) wrote in disabledstudent,
Sam Mason
sammason
disabledstudent

getting doctored

If you're doing, or have done, a PhD: does it matter to you that you are or will be called Dr? I find that it matters a lot to me. I've been laughed at about it by some of the senior academics I know. Partly it matters because I look so much younger than I am (see userpic; I'm 44) but it's also because I'm a crip. My career prospects are far more limited than they would have been if I hadn't become disabled. I have to balance the way I look like a helpless crip 'confined' to a wheelchair, and the way I continue to do good science when my fatigue doesn't overcome me.

With all that going on, I very much want to have people call me Dr Mason. I never liked the title Miss anyway, and Ms often got pronounced Miss. But Dr :-) I worked hard to be able to say, 'That's Dr Mason to you.'
Tags: disability, higher education, title, wheelchair
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