She appreciates the advice. And I was intrigued to hear about the norms in some other countries.
By the way, the prof who asked me the question is pregnant right now. I wonder if that increases the use of "Mrs." by her students?
You've been so helpful that I'm going to ask for some further assistance.
A newsletter reader recently emailed me the following question:
I am a young academic in an electrical and computer engineering department, which has 90% male undergraduate students. I am the only female engineering professor in the department. Any tips or advice on surviving when so outnumbered? Luckily the department is very supportive, but it is taking a while for the students to get used to a female academic.
But I'd love to hear your ideas.
Update: Be sure to check out Jane's reactions to my newsletter. She provides superb advice (which she summarizes in a comment below - but do read the longer version.)