In our teaching, we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, emptied out, burnt out, or sucked dry. Racialized and Indigenous teachers, women teachers, queer teachers, and disabled teachers all bear the bulk of care-giving pedagogical labour in the university, alongside disproportionate service labour for universities. Precarious academic workers - TAs and adjunct or sessional instructors - often experience these social relations alongside more intense extraction of their time and energy. The causes of pedagogical burnout are systemic, but we experience them and respond to them personally and collectively. In this participatory conversation, we’ll look at some strategies and tactics for resisting pedagogical burnout, ranging from assignment design, to affective approaches to the classroom, to syllabus structure, to nurturing support systems, to the uses of unions for teachers.
Presenter(s):Dr. Alexis Shotwell
Alexis Shotwell is an associate professor at Carleton University, on unsurrendered Algonquin territory. Her academic work addresses impurity, environmental justice, racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and political transformation. She is the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (2011) and holds a SSHRC Insight Grant to collect histories of AIDS activism with Gary Kinsman. She also gives workshops on reducing suffering in our academic writing and teaching practices. In particular, writing workshops, aka “strategies for suffering-free academic writing” for thesis-writing undergraduates and grad students since 2008. Her scholarship engages pressing questions, such as: How we might respond (better) to being responsible for wrongs that are bigger than we can individually solve — wrongs such as colonialism, environmental devastation, poverty, and oppression? Check out her incredible body of work at: alexisshotwell.com
February 10, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMMountain Time
Room 7-266A, MacEwan University10700 104 AveEdmonton, Alberta T5J 4S2Canada
Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence - CAFÉ
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