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The Academic Community: A Manual for Change

reviewed by Jaime Lester - June 10, 2008

coverTitle: The Academic Community: A Manual for Change
Author(s): Donald E. Hall
Publisher: Ohio State University Press, Columbus
ISBN: 0814251617, Pages: 152, Year: 2007
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In the Academic Community: A Manual for Change, Donald Hall puts forth a persuasive call to action, arguing that, “…unless we [the faculty] also explore the extent to which we are responsible for our own behaviors, attitudes, and life situations, we will often remain complicit within the very hierarchies and norms that oppress us” (p. 4). The “hermeneutic circle” – a dialogue that engages issues and concepts on the macro and micro level -- foregrounds the argument of the book and situates faculty as having an agency in the ways in which our departments and institutions function. During a time when higher education is facing dramatic budget cuts, the diversifying of faculty work, and questions in their roles as a public good, Hall provides a framework for how faculty, can use their power to create change within academic departments. Specifically, Hall notes the ways that faculty can engage colleagues, students,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 10, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15273, Date Accessed: 7/24/2021 10:08:37 AM

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  • Jaime Lester
    George Mason University
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    JAIME LESTER is currently an assistant professor of higher education at George Mason University. Prior to GMU, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Counseling at Old Dominion University. Lester received her Ph.D. in Education with a focus on higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Dr. Lester maintains an active research agenda that examines gender equity in higher education; retention and transfer of community college students; socialization of women and minority faculty; and leadership. Currently, she is completing a project on non-positional leadership and change in higher education. She has published articles in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Review, Journal of Higher Education, Liberal Education, and NEA: Thought & Action. She also has three forthcoming books on gendered perspectives in community colleges, family-friendly policies in higher education, and ways to restructure higher education to promote collaboration.
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