This article examines the intersection between the feelings of anxiety and love. The author looks at how the affective labor she performs professionally has shifted as she has moved from a contingent faculty role to a faculty development role. This shift, while necessary, highlights the power imbalance within academia, as well as the devaluation of affective labor. She examines how her anxieties as a faculty developer differ from the anxieties that faculty are bringing with them in their interactions with her.
Contingency, Staff, Anxious Pedagogy—and Love
Lee Skallerup Bessette is a learning design specialist in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship at Georgetown University. She has been working in faculty development and technology-enhanced learning for five years now after teaching contingently for almost a decade. She is currently editing a book on affect and alt-ac work, and a collection of her essays, Bad Female Academic, is forthcoming from Raven Books.
Lee Skallerup Bessette; Contingency, Staff, Anxious Pedagogy—and Love. Pedagogy 1 October 2019; 19 (3): 525–529. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-7615502
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