The Academic Community: A Manual for Change

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In The Academic Community: A Manual for Change, Donald E. Hall builds on his earlier The Academic Self: An Owner’s Manual (2002) and confronts the most pressing issues in higher education today: the coherence of undergraduate instruction, priorities in graduate training, public perceptions of colleges and universities, and collegiality and cohesion within departments and institutions. Drawing on the dialogue-based theories of the German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hall urges a reinvestment in community-building by academics, with chapters examining the process of community creation and enhancement in the classroom, the department and college, and the broader regions which surround university campuses.   In offering concrete strategies for revitalizing college and university classes and campuses, Hall urges readers to become agents of change within their institutions and the larger political arena. Among the topics he addresses are undergraduate training in public intellectualism, graduate training in institutional service and collegiality, and institutional commitments to public outreach and community service. The book offers real-life examples and practical tips in its far-ranging discussion of the state of higher education in the United States today. The Academic Community: A Manual for Change is a clarion call for a renewed optimism, energy, and focus in tackling the complex problems facing the academy in the twenty-first century. 

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Donald E. Hall is Jackson Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of English atWest Virginia University.


“In this highly readable manual for improving academic collegiality, Donald E. Hall shows us how the university can become a genuine culture of critical exchange: by training academics not as ‘monologic scholars,’ but as ‘dialogical thinkers’ who see each other as ‘partners in
conversation.’” —Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, University of Illinois at Chicago, authors of “They Say/I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

“With such works as The Academic Self: An Owner's Manual and Professions: Conversations on the Future of Literary and CulturalStudies, Donald E. Hall has become one of our most cogent commentators on the dynamics that shape institutional structures on campuses around the country, and in particular on the ways in which the humanities might be more energetically humanized. Now, in The Academic Community:A Manual for Change, he continues this urgently necessary project as, writing in lucid and lively prose, he examines the ways in which, in his words, "Gadamer and hermeneutic theory offer professional studies some powerful tools" for the transformation and reinvigoration of academic life.”  —Sandra M. Gilbert, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis

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