Welcome! I am delighted to host a discussion of Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber's The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. Please join us for a thoughtful discussion about its principles and how we can apply them to our own academic and other work lives. In keeping with the book title and focus (and to keep me from swallowing the book whole), we're deliberately reading slowly in order to savor each morsel and really digest its lessons, so we'll read one chapter per week and discuss it (which should allow even those who are on challenging reading schedules to weigh in).
Here's the breakdown by week:
Week 1 7/1-7/7: Introduce ourselves and read/comment on the Preface.
Week 2 7/8-7/14: Discuss Introduction (pp.1-15)
Week 3 7/15-7/21: Discuss Ch. 1: Time Management and Timelessness (pp.16-32)
Week 4 7/22-7/28: Discuss Ch. 2: Pedagogy and Pleasure (pp. 33-51)
Week 5 7/29-8/4: Discuss Ch. 3: Research and Understanding (pp.52-70)
Week 6 8/5-8/11: Discuss Ch. 4: Collegiality and Community (pp. 71-84)
Week 7 8/12-8/18: Discuss Conclusion: Collaboration and Thinking Together (pp. 85-89)
At the beginning of each of our weeks, I will put together a (hopefully) thoughtful prompt about what we read and then we'll use the comments to discuss the text (whether your comment follows my prompt or not).
I would ask that everyone play nicely and engage in collegial, productive discussion. Most of us probably have strong feelings about academic life as well as the culture of crisis and efficiency that is encroaching on, or come to dominate, our work lives (for good or ill); we just need to remember to keep from turning our strong emotions on each other. If you hate the book or someone one's comments, please just critique thoughtfully.
For this first week, please introduce yourself, your institutional background (if you wish), and what you're hoping to get from this discussion. Once you've read the Preface, please feel free to comment on that as well. (Also, if you're like many people with busy summer plans that have you busier some weeks than others, please feel free to join the discussion even if you can't be here each week. I realize that in starting today many US citizens are just about to start long weekends, which may or may not be perfect for getting some reading done. No worries: join us when you can!)