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After the Academy: Memories of Teaching and Learning in the Land of Lincoln Paperback – March 1, 2012

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"This collection takes the reader on an exciting journey across the academy through the lenses of alumni and emeriti professors. Through their diverse reflections, a deeper understanding of the impact of college is revealed along with how time spent in the academy, as a student or professor, shapes our educational experience and contributes to the personal transformation of who we become in the future."

--Gloria J. Gibson, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of Northern Iowa and alumna of Southern Illinois Edwardsville (BA and MA in Music Education)

About the Author

Larry LaFond is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

William Retzlaff is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Aldemaro Romero is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.
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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979849926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979849923
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,840,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a great sequel to the first book, Adventures in the Academy. It details many former faculty members and the adventures they had years ago at SIUE. The book allows the reader to get a very good feel for the university and its faculty members. It was really interesting to see how things have changed at SIUE and yet how many things have remained the same. Both books tell the story of SIUE from past to present and are very fun, entertaining reads.
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Perhaps we don't understand the significance of time until it is something we have passed through - or it has passed through us. This is the lesson of After the Academy: Memories of Teaching and Learning in the Land of Lincoln. The voices presented here do a couple of cool things. First, they provide a history of SIUE from those who moved, worked and studied here. The collection also does something extraordinary. It provides a context to better understand our own experiences from this time. It's gift is the revelation of perspective that sneaks up unexpectedly.

As a graduate student at SIUE in the early 80's, my experiences of SIUE were frozen in memory and linked only to recollections of my more narrow personal narrative of that time. Tonight, as I finish the book, I realize the significance of the many stories that were unfolding alongside my own. The combined pieces in After the Academy are astonishing in creating accounts of our shared history. It is telling a bigger story. A story significant beyond the alumni of SIUE, but also to those of us who studied with people we have not visited for some time. It is here that our experiences with one another become larger stories of ourselves, our communities and our world.

I had the opportunity learn from Joe Munshaw (of the pet potato in a box fame) who writes a chapter about life in the Communication Department at SIUE in the 70's. The Speech Communication Department at SIUE was something evolving as I passed through it. On my journey though the department, the Communications Department was also on it's way. How rich life has been from learning from this irreverent, wildly smart human being who has ultimately showed me a world filled to the brim with bright possibility.
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