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Advising to Transgress: C171 Reflecting on the Language of bell hooks John Sauter, Ph.D. - Niagara University / WNY Advising, @johnpsauter, firstname.lastname@example.org Sara Ackerson, M.A. - Washington State University, Pullman, @sara_ackerson, email@example.com
In consultation with Danielle Johnson, Ph.D. - University at Buffalo, firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you to the NACADA Theory, Philosophy & History of Advising Commission for selecting this as a Commission Sponsored Session.
bell hooks & Teaching to Transgress bell hooks (Gloria Watkins) is a celebrated scholar, feminist and social justice activist who has had a prolific academic career. While we will concentrate on the applications of her words in Teaching to Transgress to academic advising, we encourage you to explore more of her works as well as those of similar authors such as Paulo Freire.
hooks, b., 1994, Teaching to transgress: Education as the practice of freedom, Routledge, New York. “Unpacking” bell hooks How do we interpret bell hooks in the context of advising and our professional narratives?
Critically? Through our own identity & experience? In relation to our profession or our students? In regard to our institutions In light of social justice issues Over time?
Written Transcript from Danielle’s Reflection Video: http://bit.ly/DanielleReflection Advising to Transgress Consider the advisement as teaching analogy & what boundaries limit our students & profession.
To enter [advisement] settings in colleges and universities with the will to share the desire to encourage excitement, was to transgress. Not only did it require movement beyond accepted boundaries, but excitement could not be generated without a full recognition of the fact that there could never be an absolute set agenda governing [advisement] practices. Agendas had to be flexible, had to allow for spontaneous shifts in direction. Students had to be seen in their particularity as individuals… and interacted with according to their needs... (hooks, 1994. P 7.)
Praxis: Combination of “action and reflection upon the world in order to change it.” (hooks, 1994, p. 14). How often do we find time to purposefully reflect on our practice as advisors? How do we change the world as advisors? How do we empower our students to change the world? Share Your Reflections with #AdvTransgress Use the social media hashtag #AdvTransgress to share your reflections about (1) how bell hooks has influenced you, (2) ways in which you have transgressed boundaries to help students, or (3) let us know what other books, authors, or theorists have similarly impacted your professional development and advising practice. If you have room be sure to include #NACADA16.