Join us for this reading group, where we'll discuss the authors' suggestions that faculty slow down, act with purpose, and cultivate emotional and intellectual resilience to the effects of the corporatization of higher education.
Reading Group on Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy
Thursdays, July 7th (first part of the book) and July 14th (second part of the book), 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Belk Pavilion 201
“Distractedness and fragmentation characterize contemporary academic life,” observe Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber, two teaching-award-winning professors of English at Canadian universities. They see this as an unfortunate trend, since academia is an area that should be cultivating deep thought. In chapters like “Pedagogy and Pleasure” and “Collegiality and Community,” they propose that faculty slow down, act with purpose, and cultivate emotional and intellectual resilience to the effects of corporatization of higher education. Berg and Seeber argue that time for reflection is not a luxury for already privileged professors (as some see it), but crucial for faculty in order to effectively teach and undertake good scholarship, which in turn benefits students, the university community, and liberal education, as well as the faculty themselves. Please register by June 23rd to receive a copy of the book.