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The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm
Event Type: 
Book Club
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Event Location: 
Building H Room 202
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Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber argue in The Slow Professor (2016) that "In the corporate university, power is transferred from faculty to managers, economic justifications dominate, and the familiar 'bottom line' eclipses pedagogical and intellectual concerns. Slow Professors advocate deliberation over acceleration. We need time to think, and so do our students. Time for reflection and open-ended inquiry is not a luxury but is crucial to what we do." (p.x) They suggest that in taking the slow approach to teaching, we must shift our focus from impact to pleasure, because "it may be that pleasure -- experienced by the instructor and the students" is the most important predictor of 'learning outcomes.'" (p.36). In this book club we will consider Berg and Seeber's "pedagogy of pleasure, " what it means for ourselves and for our students, and how slowing down to reflect and deliberate can improve our effectiveness in the classroom and beyond.

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