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Pulmonary Sodomy?

One of the things I do at work is process appointments and promotions for the section.  There are various titles one can get appointed/promoted to:  Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and variations of these prefixed with Research, Clinical, and Adjunct.

My boss, as section chief, has to approve each of these appointments or promotions.  He's a brilliant scientist, but -- as is the case with most brilliant scientists -- he's often clueless about some pretty simple, common things.  Today I learned that he needs to work on common abbreviations.

We are currently appointing one of the postdoctoral fellows, Xinfang, to Research Assistant Professor.  My boss made a mistake in his support letter, stating that we were appointing Xinfang as a Research Instructor.  I sent him an e-mail asking him to clarify:  are we making her an Instructor or an Assistant Professor?

His e-mail response?  "Make her an Ass. Pro."

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