What should I call you?

Simple enough question, right?

But here are many options (and much discussion) as to how to address a professor:  Doctor; professor; Mr., Mrs.,, Ms., Miss; or…first name.

The first name issue has been kicking around for a while, with many ‘traditional’ professors objecting to students addressing them by their first name.  I came across this flowchart via Twitter today.  It raises some interesting issues, including different standards for graduate and undergraduate students.

For me, titles are nothing more than that.  If it’s respect that you want in the classroom, you earn that through your actions, not through some title.  I pursue collaboration between teacher and student in the classroom and that can lead to some informality.  Yet, I know that many are concerned by the growth of such informality.

So, is it Ok to use first names?