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Academic Labor Beyond the College Classroom
Working for Our Values

ISBN 9780367313227
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
230 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Academic Labor beyond the College Classroom initiates a scholarly and professional conversation, calling upon faculty to participate in, reimagine, and transform their institutional and professional work to look beyond just teaching and research. Chapters in this contributed volume offer case studies, strategies, and exemplars of how faculty can re-engage in institutional service, mentoring, governance, and administrative duties to advance equity efforts at all levels of the university, calling for what Dr. Nancy Chick names in the Foreword as a "scholarship of influence." This book draws from a diverse range of methodologies and disciplines, issuing an invitation to faculty "across the divide" of their specific college, school, or corner of the university into cross-conversations and partnerships for positive change.

Table of Contents


Nancy Chick

Chapter 1: Introduction: Effecting Change through Service Activism: Redefining Faculty Work in Contemporary Higher Education

Holly Hassel and Kirsti Cole

Part I: Looking Inward: Building Capacity

Chapter 2: Cultivating Teacher-Scholars at a Teaching-Intensive University

J. Michael Rifenburg, Rebecca Johnston, Laura Ng, and Mary Carney

Chapter 3: Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Reflections on Student Feedback

Gwen Gorzelsky, Matthew S. Hickey, Zinta S. Byrne, Jennifer Todd, Tonya Buchan, Karen Falkenberg, Debora A. Colbert, and Paula Rodriguez

Chapter 4: Visible Allies and Muslim Inclusion

Lamiyah Bahrainwala

Chapter 5: Continuous Improvement to Achieve Faculty Career Equity

Sonia Goltz, Patty Sotirin, Adrienne Minerick, Audrey Mayer, and Andrew Storer

Part II: Looking Forward: Building Equity

Chapter 6: Better Living through Policy: Feminist Shared Governance and Equitable Evaluation

Jessica Van Slooten, Joanne Baird Giordano, and Holly Hassel

Chapter 7: United Against Sexual Harassment: Building Alliances Between Unions and Sexual Misconduct Victim Advocates

Erin Hurt and Seth Kahn

Chapter 8: Making Space for New Communities: Trans Students at Women’s Colleges

Eli Erlick

Chapter 9: Supporting Undocumented Students and Workers on Campus: Lessons from A New Jersey Experiment

Fanny Lauby and Emma Heaney

Part III: Looking Outward: Building Community

Chapter 10: SoTL and the Gendered Division of Labor on Our Campuses: A Case for More Equity and Change in Professional Values

Valerie Barske, Ekaterina Levintova, Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier, and Darci Thoune

Chapter 11: Transformative Change on Miami University’s Regional Campuses

Cathy Bishop-Clark, Moira E. Casey, Marianne Cotugno, and Whitney Womack Smith

Chapter 12: Building an "Old Girls" Network in Academic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Erin Winterrowd, Jennifer E. Mihalick, Travis Brace, Maame Esi Coleman, Ashley Lyons, and Alexa Jayne

Chapter 13: Unions’ New Role, Grassroots Leadership in Higher Education: Reflections on a Midwest Public University in Crisis

Nerissa Nelson

Afterword: Elaine Maimon

Contributor Biographies

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Holly Hassel is Professor of English at North Dakota State University, USA.

Kirsti Cole is Professor of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literature at Minnesota State University, USA.


"What this book illustrates is that we need not—and should not—look to others to make it right, to make a difference. The chapters that follow evidence the many ways in which rank-and-file faculty have drawn on their expertise, their colleagues as partners, their concern for the institution, and their values rooted in equity to make a difference."
From the Foreword by Nancy L. Chick, Director, Endeavor Center for Faculty Development, Rollins College

"Academic Labor beyond the College Classroom calls for fundamental change in higher education. While some of the chapters describe instances of institutional reorganization, it’s pretty clear that physical change of that sort is no more than moving around the deck chairs, as higher education—and our values as members of the academic community—hurtle toward the iceberg. The essential moves called for in this book are deep changes in teaching, learning, and in the very definition of academic work, necessitated by new ways of knowing."
From the Afterword by Elaine P. Maimon, Ph.D., President, Governors State University

"This book might be most inspirational as a guide to slow but useful tactics for increasing equity in academia. Social change makers and coalition builders within the university might find help here in thinking about ways to make change within their spheres. The authors also address groups that are historically left out, including un>documented students and workers, women, and transgender students."
-Nicole Braun, RGWS: A Feminist Review