Dignity of the Calling

Educators Share the Beginnings of Their Journeys

Edited by:
Andrew T. Kemp, Augusta University

Published 2018

The purpose of this Dignity of the Calling is to share other stories of faculty entry into higher education. These stories focus on the deeply personal nature of the new academic. Framed around the idea of curriculum being contextual and how life experience guides what we do, this collection of memoirs, recollections, and personal narratives allows the reader to share these lived experiences.

Although I was a teacher prior to the entering the professoriate, I was not ready for the gargantuan professional and personal transition to higher education. I was not prepared for minutiae of forms, deadlines of inter-office programs, personalities, and most of all for the human and sometimes illogical relationships among colleagues. I was caught offguard by the nuanced thinking of students; and most of all, I was, at times, overwhelmed by the time constraints of research, teaching and service on me and my family. However, I survived, and I believe I thrived in in my small slice of the academic world.

Foreword—Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? William Ayers. Introduction—Imposter: A Postmodern Reflection on Life, Higher Education, and Authenticity, Andrew T. Kemp. SECTION I: TRANSFORMATIONAL SCHOLARS. Teaching and the Neverending Story: Some Reflections on My Reflections, Peter McLaren. Toward Becoming a University Professor Who Teaches Education: Some Note for Possible Deliberation, O.L. Davis, Jr. My Life in an Evolving University, Marcella L. Kysilka. Reflections on Reward and the Hidden Curriculum of Academe, William H. Schubert. VIGNETTES I: JOURNEYS OF TIMES AND SPACE, Alison G. Dover, Lisa Brown Buchanan, Comfort Ateh, Scott Farver, Angela W. Webb, Christine Greenhow, Richelle Marynowski, and Seungho Moon. VIGNETTES II: JOURNEYS OF PERSPECTIVE, José Rios, Byung-In Seo, Cassandra Trousas, Jennifer Hall, Mahauganee D. Shaw Bonds, Nancy Arrington, Meg White, Natasha Veale, and Jessica A. Heybach. SECTION II: CONTEMPORARY SCHOLARS. Strange Roads Are the Easiest Roads: Academic Journeys of the 21st Century, David Callejo Perez. First Year Lessons: Striving for Imperfection, David Flinders. Telephone Books, Teddy Bears, and the Tenure Track, Brian D. Schultz. VIGNETTES III: DISCOVERING A PLACE: A JOURNEY, Allyson L. Watson, Misty M. Kirby, Veena Paliwal, Joe Norris, Patricia Sánchez, John A. Cassell, Ritesh Shah, Mandy Stewart, Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, Lucila T. Rudge, and Sabrina Ross. VIGNETTES IV: JOURNEYS OF THE SELF, Roxanne Greitz Miller, Lisa L. Beymer, Chad Everett Allan, Wendy Bollag, Marc Pietrzykowski, Lauren Madden, Edward Podsiadlik and John Bond, Cathy Smeltzer Erb,Regina Murphy, Kristan Venegas and Araceli Espinoza, and Nosisi N. Feza. SECTION III: EMERGING SCHOLARS. From Oz to Reality: A Personal Journey in a Wonderful Land, William L. White. What’s Love Got to Do With It? Explorations on Emotion as a Tool for Professional Growth and Transformation, Samara Dawn Akpovo and Cynthia B. Dillard. Out to Save the World, Dana L. Haraway. The Road to Somewhere: The Passing and Evolution of an Academic, C. Steven Page. A Doctorate, a Baby, and a Professorship—Oh My! It’s All About Perspective, Erin Evans. Humanizing the Tenure Process: Toward a Pedagogy of Heart, Lilia D. Monzó. Origins and Payment Forward: Reflections on My Path to Social Justice Education and Advice to New Faculty, Joseph Flynn. VIGNETTES V: TRAVELING COMPANIONS, Natasha S. Reid and Patricia J. Spafford, Travis York and Tiffanie Lewis, Kate Newburgh and Paul Michalec, Farveh Ghafouri, Monica McGlynn Stewart, and Shelley Murphy, Chris Carger, Michelle Gimenez Hinkle, David A. Fuentes, Ellen Pozzi, and Manina Urgolo-Huckvale, Paige M. Bray and Regina Miller, Shelley B. Harris, Rebecca West Burns, Jeffrey S. Kaplan and Elsie L. Olan. VIGNETTES VI: AN ACADEMIC TRAVEL GUIDE, Eve R. Bernstein, Randall Deppensmith, Marcus Roberts and Ryan Silva, Laquore J. Meadows, Betina Hsieh, Jason Paul Siko, Erika C.Bullock and Christopher C. Jett, Ellis Hurd, Ismael Flores Martí,and Nancy P. Gallavan. The Curriculum I Am/We Are, Andrew T. Kemp (I am) and C. Steven Page (We are). The Travelers.