The Professors are a blues, rock, and sometime heavy metal band made up of communication professors from a number of New Jersey schools. Formed in 1995, the band has played in clubs in New York City as well as a number of academic venues, including the annual conference of the International Communication Association in Chicago in 1996 and the annual conference of the National Communication Association in New York City in 1998. The Professors have been featured in both local and national press, including the Chronicle of Higher Education. When we learned of the call for papers for this special issue of the American Communication Journal addressing the creative endeavors of Communication scholars beyond their regular research agendas, we were delighted to have the opportunity to reflect upon the place of musical creativity within our lives as working academics. What follows in this paper are the thoughts of a number of band members, past and present, who trace the relationship of the musical, the creative, and the intellectual in terms of their own personal histories and academic interests.
Radford, G. P., Cooper, S. D., Kubey, R. W., McCurry, D. S., Millen, J., & Barrows, J. R. (2002). Collaborative musical expression and creativity among academics: When Intellectualism Meets Twelve Bar Blues. The American Communication Journal, Vol. 6 Issue 1. (http://www.acjournal.org/holdings/vol6/iss1/index.htm)