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Brad Petitfils

Senior Director of Advising & Academic Success
University of North Carolina Asheville

Brad Petitfils was the founding director of the Student Success Center at Loyola University New Orleans before moving to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2018. His early work was focused on the fields of hyperreality and posthumanism; more recently, he has researched and taught about various forms of popular culture as critical texts. His writing has appeared in Antistasis and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and he has presented at academic conferences across the US and in Canada.

Biography

Brad Petitfils was the founding director of the Student Success Center at Loyola University New Orleans before moving to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2018.

He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory, a field that asks educators to rethink and reconceptualize the classroom experience, after earning an undergraduate degree in literature and a master's degree in education.

He was initially inspired by the writings of Jean Baudrillard, and his early work was focused on the fields of hyperreality and posthumanism, which led to his first book, Parallels and Responses to Curricular Innovation: The Possibilities of Posthumanistic Education, which was published in 2014 in the Routledge series "International Studies in the Philosophy of Education." More recently, he has researched and taught about various forms of popular culture as critical texts. His writing has appeared in Antistasis and the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and he has presented at academic conferences across the US and in Canada.

As Senior Director at UNCA, he oversees the Office of Academic Accessibility, the Academic Advising Center, the Career Center, Study Abroad, Peer Tutoring, and the Writing Center.

When not in Asheville, you can find him on the streets of his native New Orleans, or perhaps sitting at a cafe with friends on the streets of Paris.

Books

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 Featured Title - Parallels and Responses to Curricular Innovation: Petitfils - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy

Encountering mortality: A decade later, the pedagogical necessity of Six Feet...


Published: Dec 09, 2016 by Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Authors: Brad Petitfils

In today's society, where the Promethean project of mastering the universe seems to guide the scientific community to its last moment of triumph—human immortality—young people seem to lack curricular opportunities to engage with mortality. This article explores the use of popular culture as pedagogy through the lens of the HBO series Six Feet Under to facilitate discourse about living with dying around us.

Antistasis

Binary Educators in a Quantum World: Contextualizing the Change Ahead


Published: Apr 18, 2016 by Antistasis
Authors: Petitfils, Brad

In response to the question posed by this issue, "Can technology – and specifically the Internet - save the world?", this essay considers the world as it stood in 2016, merging current events and the state of education, and questions the tensions between the two.

Loyola Maroon

To Paris, with love: we are Parisians too


Published: Nov 20, 2015 by Loyola Maroon
Authors: Petitfils, Brad

Editorial following the Paris attacks in November, 2015