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Experiences of Immigrant Professors

Challenges, Cross-Cultural Differences, and Lessons for Success, 1st Edition

By Charles B. Hutchison


270 pages

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Educational institutions all over the world continue to attract the services of foreign-born scholars. In addition to the culture shock that immigrants experience in unfamiliar countries, these scholars often undergo "pedagogical shock." Through autobiographical accounts of foreign-born professors from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the US, this volume examines the experiences of foreign-born professors around the world to provide insight on the curricular, school-systemic, and sociological differences and challenges that are encountered, and how to help resolve them. It will help administrators, institutions, and immigration and comparative education scholars understand the cross-cultural challenges and coping strategies that define the private and professional lives of foreign-born professors across the globe.

Table of Contents

1. The Private and Professional Lives of Foreign-Born Professors: From Abstractions to the Practical. Charles B. Hutchison. 2. Foreign-Born Professors and Their Quests for Social and Psychological Home: Integrating Social, Cultural, and Professional Dimensions of Life. Amy Carattini. 3. A Portrait of the Life and Work of Expatriate Educators in Cambodia. Alexander Jun, Rebecca Hong, Curtis Cline, and Faith Fitt. 4. The “Unusual” Professors: The Experiences and Impact of Foreign Professors in Post Franco Spain. Alice Gail Bier and Louis Lemkow. 5. Conversations on Ethnicity, Adaptation and Belonging: Auto-Ethnography at the Base of the Ivory Tower. Marcia D. Nichols, Aminul Huq Bijaya Aryal, and Xavier Prat-Resina. 6. Voices From Behind the Scenes: How Foreign-Born English Teachers Find Their Place in the French Education System. Claire Griffin. 7. Challenges and Self-Efficacy of Female East Asian-Born Faculty in American Universities. Hyeyoung Bang. 8. The True Meaning of Integrity: Reflections on a Professional Life in Japan. Robin Sakamoto. 9.Moroccan Imams and the “Girl Professor”: Positionality and Epistemai in a Classroom-Based Cross-Cultural Exchange of Knowledge. Emilie Roy. 10. Not So Fast: Navigating the Complexities of Teaching in an American University as a Foreign-Born Teacher Educator. Eucabeth Odhiambo. 11. My Professional Teaching Experience in the USA, 1977-2014: The Case of an African-Born Immigrant. Peter F. B. Nayenga. 12. Negotiating the Trilogy of Black-ness, “African-ness”, and “Accent-ness”: A “Native-Alien” Professor’s Tale. Obed Mfum-Mensah. 13. From Essential and Central to Constructivist Trenches: Navigating the Transnational Contexts of the Instructional Practice of a Foreign-Born Professor. Fonkem Achankeng. 14. Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of African-Born Professor’s Identity in the U.S. Academe. Michael Takafor Ndemanu. 15. Not an Easy Road: Journey of a Jamaican Academic. Leonie J. Brooks. 16. “Almost American”: The Challenges of a Canadian Professor Working in the United States. Scott Kissau. 17. Drained Brains: Canadian Professors in the United States. Dave Eaton. 18. Identity Construction of a Second Language Educator. Tanita Saenkhum. 19. My American Academia: At Home and Abroad. Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar. 20. “… come è duro calle / lo scendere e ‘l salir per l’altrui scale” – Musings of a Foreign-Born Philosopher in the American Academy. Lucio Angelo Privitello. 21. The Unified Voices of Immigrant Professors and Their Cross-Cultural Teaching Lives: Lessons Learned. Charles B. Hutchison.

About the Author

Charles B. Hutchison is Associate Professor of Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Higher Education

Please send inquiries or proposals for this series to one of the following:

Will Bateman: [email protected] – Editor, UK and Rest of World

Elsbeth Wright: [email protected] – Editor, North & South America

Vilija Stephens: [email protected] – Editor, Australia & New Zealand

Katie Peace: [email protected] – Publisher, Asia

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Administration / General
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects