Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

April 20, 2017
Weekend Reading - Orange tabby cat wearing glasses reading from an open book

The question of work—how to do it more effectively, efficiently, and strategically—has become an inevitable part of discussions of academic life. Because of the incredible demands academia makes on your time and energy (and the creative and structural challenges that arise when building a post-ac/alt-ac career) the conversation is typically focused on productivity. Our reading for this weekend has us thinking about the labor we less often recognize, and the work it takes to bring it into the public sphere. These links explore the emotional labor of teaching and writing, the professional stakes of academic freedom, and the tactical depth that’s missing from our pervasive cultural conversation on diversity.

The work of teaching begins well before you enter the classroom. How chose to present yourself takes particular thought, care and work, especially for women, queer, trans and gender-non conforming educators.

The classroom can be an energizing, exciting and yet overwhelming space, and one that makes introverted teachers especially vulnerable to burnout.

Writing is, without a doubt, an intensely emotional process. It is hard enough to revisit your own words, let alone to learn to love being edited.

Recent studies show that women and minorities are penalized for promoting diversity.

The professional stakes of academic freedom shift before and after tenure, but what is the cost of professionally strategizing your resistance?

Diversity efforts need to move beyond token representation to address the complex structural inequalities that make access to academia difficult for minorities; One approach is to re-invision the work of diversity as that of building a “thriving justice ecosystem.”

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