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ERIC Number: ED504755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-4
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Why Professors Hate Their Jobs: A Critique of the Pedagogy of Academic Disengagement
Parsons, Jim; Frick, William
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Values & Leadership Conference (13th, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Oct 2-4, 2008)
(Purpose) The purpose of this study was to explore reasons why many academics "hate" their jobs by examining the current state of the academy--its values, culture, and possibilities. (Methodology) Through pragmatic and philosophical argument, the authors contend that the academy fosters a pedagogy (defined broadly) of disengagement, and ask: Why might this pervasive institutional phenomenon exist? What could be done to transform the professorate? What possibilities for edification exist in the role and work of the contemporary academic? How might we, both individually and collectively, move towards these possibilities? (Results) The authors derive a series of fourteen suggestions that might help to guide and more fruitfully engage academics in their work. These suggestions include changes in language, values and worldviews, norms, and the way we create and use institutional artifacts. (Conclusions) The study encourages a continuing conversation about academics' places of work, their vocation, and about how knowledge workers might flourish within institutional spaces of teaching learning. (Contains 12 footnotes.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada