Two Canadian academics, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber,have written a book,The Slow Professor, explaining how we can reduce the frantic pace and multi-layered commitments of today’s universities and still maintain standards. Though the authors write from the perspective of those with tenure, they advocate for changing our academic culture so that everyone in it can have time to reflect.
Here are two reviews of the book, if your busy schedule doesn’t allow you time to read the whole thing!
If you haven’t already done so, you’ll want to read the powerful speech given by Kevin Birmingham on the occasion of his Truman Capote Award. His essay, “The Great Shame of Our Profession,” was reprinted in The Chronicle of Higher Education last February, and now in Arts and Letters Daily. In fact, our union provided a link earlier this year. Needless to say, there was some pushback by tenured faculty who didn’t take kindly to the implication that they needed to be part of the solution.