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Experiences of Immigrant Professors
Challenges, Cross-Cultural Differences, and Lessons for Success

ISBN 9781138085930
Published May 18, 2017 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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