| by Aaron Hanlon

Assistant Professor of English Aaron Hanlon describes many ways he’s mistaken for a younger person, often a student, in his essay “I’m Not a Student, I Just Look Like One” in the May 25 Chronicle of Higher Education. Considering how ageism works, he writes, “I’m also sharing these examples to draw attention to the fact that if I can have this experience as a white, male, tenure-track professor, the situation must be compounded for women, faculty of color, and others fighting for more stable and fairly compensated employment.” He concludes: “My solution is simple. Let’s behave more conscientiously when it comes to the quotidian assumptions and comments we make about the age and appearance of our colleagues.”