Confessions of a Blue-Collar Prof

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Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

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Dave Plunkert for The Chronicle Review

I have been a college professor for 28 years. My area of expertise is the hospitality industry, and my résumé includes many kinds of skills in vastly different, and sometimes disparate, areas. I am a chef, a plumber, a manager, a carpenter, and student of history and art who is trained in accounting, marketing, and law, with an M.B.A. I teach courses in hotel and restaurant management, professional cooking, and catering—but I am not regarded as