This book makes a significant contribution to the need for compassion in the 21st-century neoliberal university. Compassion is a process that involves (i) noticing that suffering is present in an organization; (ii) making meaning of suffering in a way that contributes to a desire to alleviate it; (iii) feeling empathic concern; and (iv) taking action. There is increasing recognition of the crucial role of compassion as a core concern in education, health and social care, and globally to ensure the future sustainability of humankind and the planet. Drawing upon a wide range of interdisciplinary, theoretical, and professional perspectives—including social sciences, modern Darwinism, intersectionality, higher education policy, and organization studies—the book addresses the key challenges facing 21st-century universities. For example, intersectionality and higher education, staff and student health and well-being, and responding to global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic.
The book is relevant to university leaders, policy makers, educators, researchers, university staff, and students aspiring to develop their own understanding of the role of compassion in professional life. It is an important marker of the compassion turn in higher education and what this means for contemporary academic leadership, followership, and pedagogical practice.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Need And Foundations For Compassion
1. Introduction: Why Compassion? Why Now?
2. From ‘Me’ To ‘We’: Change The Pronoun, Change The World
Maurice Irfan Coles
3. Darwin, Evolution, And Compassion In The 21st-Century University
Part II: Compassion In Action
4. Action Learning As A Vehicle For Compassion
Kathryn Waddington And Yusuf Kaplan
5. Dreaming Of Compassion
6. Befriending Ourselves: Self-Compassion
7. Flourishing In The University Understory: Could Compassion Help?
8. Holistic Business Psychology Practice: Towards Building A Culture Of Compassion In Higher Education
9. Compassion: An Antidote To Neoliberal Higher Education Policies In England
10. Compassion And Tolerance: Their Relationship In A Spirit For Turbulent Times
Part III: Towards The Compassionate University
11. What Constitutes A Compassionate University?
Tony Belak And Kathryn Waddington
12. Care, Concern, And Compassion In Higher Education
13. Concluding Remarks
Kathryn Waddington is a Chartered Psychologist, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Reader in Work and Organizational Psycholog at the Uniersity of Westminster. She authored the research monograph Gossip and Organizations and cares deeply about academicpractitioner research and scholarship that makes a positive difference to people’s lives.