Friday, September 2, 2016

Book of the Semester: The Slow Professor

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Recently, my dean at the college I work at assigned my fellow coworkers and me a new book to read for the semester.  We always read a new book each semester, so this was not a big surprise.  Last year was Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele, which I found quite interesting and learned a lot from.

This year we are reading a new book called The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber.  I've only read the Preface and part of the Introduction so far, so I can't provide an accurate review of the book yet, but I love the premise.

A few months ago, I was reading an Education blog that noted how most of the work Professors are engrossed with is more managerial rather than actual teaching.  I find this sad and I wonder if this book will actually address this.  I'm noticing this occurrence more and more everyday from the interactions I have with other professors as well.  I'm curious as to how the book will suggest we slow down, yet keep our jobs at the same time.  I believe that as professors and academics we need to place our focus back on academia and provide the best for our students by having colleges provide us more time for reflection, professional development, and growth in our field.

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