Disentangling the Discontent: Planting New Roots in Academia

Jenn Horn (University of Southern Indiana)

Educators hear a constant bemoaning of “Well, back in my day …” While this sentiment started before the pandemic, COVID accelerated the changes we’re seeing in our students and colleagues in academia. This presentation uses ethnographic research among college and high school faculty to explore how folklorists can connect what they know about community and creativity to discuss and disentangle the feelings of rootlessness that so many of us have as professional academics. How do we disentangle our discontent from academia’s complicated and gnarled roots? What can we do to intentionally improve our profession for ourselves and our students?

Part of 01-09 Folklore, Art, and Education, Thursday, November 02, 8:30 am–10:00 am