People say professors lecture from ancient, yellowing notes, but mine lectured from drafts of their newest book manuscripts and invited their famous friends from other institutions to do the same. This is why, when I became a professor, the institutions I worked for seemed to me to be behind the times in terms of research news.
These professors did not really teach basic skills, since you were unlikely to get them for a lower division course unless they had a T.A. to deal with basic skills issues. There was a whole other group of faculty who taught basic skills, and they were not necessarily research faculty — although they did tend to be current.
I am not saying these things are good or bad, only that they are what I experienced. I think perhaps it was university teaching and that what I have always needed to know how to do was college teaching. I divine that college teaching means, you bring some of your research expertise into your lower division courses, and you do a lot more skills building than I was used to seeing in your upper division courses.
I do not necessarily like this idea, but I suspect it is an accurate assessment and that if you do it, you have a lot more control over your life, and creativity in it, even if you are not one of those people who love teaching (which I am definitely not, at least not in the usual way or for the usual reasons).
Meanwhile, for a person who does not like teaching (but does like learning), I seem to think about it rather a lot. Paulo Freire has a book I was not aware of, Professora Sim Tia Não, which says the common reduction of professors to aunts is a falsely innocent ideological trap. I have been told I should be an aunt, not a professor or a colleague, more times than I can count.
The first time I was told this I could not believe it, so I lost my job. I do not regret this. I do regret not having realized my vulnerability had been my willingness to fulfill (and not merely seem to fulfill) some aunt-like functions in the first place. I also regret having internalized some related events enough to still be making some aunt-like sacrifices now.
The point of an aunt-like sacrifice is to stay wounded and so to remain safe. There are more errors in this strategy than I can count, and it is not a good use of a wound.