I have a professor currently that I have previously had in a class on a different subject. Would it be appropriate to email them with a link to an article I found that relates to the previous class' subject (but not to the current one)? There are no longer office hours due to school moving online, but I'm unsure if an email would be considered a waste of time because it would essentially just be sharing an article that she may have already read.

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I assume you mean something related to academics rather than a completely random meme/cat video.

If so: yes, it’s totally appropriate. Discussing cool research topics with students, especially when it’s free from the context of grading, is one of the most fun aspects of a professor’s work. I absolutely love it when students email me links like that.

And if the professor thinks it’s a waste of time, they’ll reply with a curt thanks and ignore the link, or simply ignore your email altogether.

  • Hmmm, unless you know the prof has some special interest in cat videos. But a shared interest is fine to comment on, not necessarily an academic subject. Maybe you are both Harley riders, for example.
    – Buffy
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 22:03
  • I would have no issues with my students sending me cat videos
    – E. Rei
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 11:02

I see no problem with this. It is possible that the professor will be interested. We can't read everything, after all, so may have missed it. And the fact that it relates to something other than the current class is of no importance.

Hi Prof X. I just came across this article related to last semester's course and thought you might be interested. ...

Short, sweet, informative.

In fact, even if it isn't related to any course, it might be of interest.

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