Psst: Don't Tell Anyone, but Some Professors Like Teaching

As she stood in front of her class typing the words "sex and drugs" into the search bar on YouTube, April M. Beisaw worried she might get fired.

Ms. Beisaw, an assistant professor at Heidelberg University, in Ohio, was teaching an upper-level anthropology course on the culture of drug dealers and prostitutes.

A student had suggested entering those search words, and Ms. Beisaw had a few seconds to answer. "It was an important moment," she said here on Friday at the annual