- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 17, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159874626X
- ISBN-13: 978-1598746266
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,227,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spirituality in Higher Education: Autoethnographies 1st Edition
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"Two important currents of thought wend their way through the pages of this captivating book. The first is the fresh movement of spirituality that is bound neither by systematic religion nor by positivist modernity. The second is the analysis of socio-cultural meanings of self (i.e. the situated self). Together, they "inspirit" the reader to apply analyses similar to those of the authors. Reading this book caused me to stretch."
- David R. Black, President, Eastern University
"Scholar/teacher/activists representing a diversity of faith traditions employ the personal revelatory power of autoethnography to document their life journeys and milestones. I was in awe about how these authors blended personal faith and professional commitment to boldly interrogate and transform not only their own belief systems, but also institutional hegemonic structures. The result is a profound analysis of what it means to be intellectually, spiritually and socially conscious in education and the world. Providing numerous examples of the kind of work that makes pedagogic practice a sacred activity, we are led to an educational justice model that holds promise to transform American higher education. All faculty who seek diverse forms of engagement in the scholarship of teaching, activism and spirituality must read this book."
- Laura I. Rendon, Professor, University of Texas-San Antonio; author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation, Stylus Press
"Chang and Boyd’s text on spirituality in higher education is a timely, courageous, and honest contribution to understanding the multi-dimensions of academic life. Including a range of religious and spiritual beliefs and traditions among faculty in a variety of academic disciplines, this work provides probing and insightful autoethnographic accounts of how faculty integrate spirituality into their lives and identities, teaching, research, and service to the university and community. Pairing an autoethnographic approach with examining personal beliefs in the context of the “soul” of higher education, these authors invite readers to open their minds and hearts to the experience of spirituality in their and others’ academic lives. Those who acknowledge the role of spirituality in their 'call' to the university will find companionship and support in these stories; those who resist connecting spirituality and academia may find themselves pondering the important issues raised by these stories long after they have finished reading them."
-Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida
"Here is diverse and compelling collection of stories whose authors do something rare in academic life—they turn the tools of inquiry on themselves, exploring how their own spiritual journeys have shaped their teaching and scholarship. Long ago, Socrates warned that "The unexamined life is not worth living." But seldom do we take his words seriously, even in the academy, which is devoted to examining things. This book should encourage all of us to probe the roots of our own work. The stories you are about to read clearly reveal the value of doing so."
—Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak and Healing the Heart of Democracy
About the Author
Dr. Drick Boyd is an Associate Professor of Urban and Interdisciplinary Studies at Eastern University. He has written articles in the areas of urban multicultural education and critical pedagogy. One of his recent articles, “Autoethnography as a Tool for Transformative Learning about White Privilege” appeared in the July 2008 edition of the Journal of Transformative Education.
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