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Narratives of Hope and Grief in Higher Education

Palgrave Macmillan
  • First book to center personal narrative in considerations of grief and hope relative to higher education and academia

  • Includes a collection of unique essays grounded in an intersectional framework of allyship through grief that will allow for unique voices and narratives in grief

  • Explores the ways that grief is a broad-ranging concept including in political and cultural contexts, with an exploration of various international events that have been causes of grief and have shaped higher education and society at-large

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. From Grief Grew Hope, and This Book

    • Stephanie Anne Shelton, Nicole Sieben
    Pages 1-9
  3. Sorrow and Strength Following the Loss of a Loved One

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. A Qualitative Reckoning

      • Shelly Melchior
      Pages 13-25
  4. Navigating Grief and Narrating Hope Through Writing

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 69-69
    2. All at Once: Writing Grief

      • James Burford
      Pages 83-93
    3. I Can’t Complain

      • Nancy Rankie Shelton
      Pages 109-124
  5. Humanizing Grief in Politicized Moments

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 125-125
    2. I Refuse to Be a Bystander

      • Crystal L. Beach
      Pages 127-138
  6. Finding Hope Through Grief and Its Questions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 165-165
    2. Love You to pIeCEs

      • Lyndsey Nunes
      Pages 189-203

About this book

This collection weaves together the personal narratives of a group of diverse scholars in academia in order to reflect on the ways that grief and hope matter for those situated within higher education. Each chapter explores a unique aspect of grief and loss, from experiencing a personal tragedy such as the loss of a loved one, to national and international grief such as campus shootings and refugee camp experiences, to experiencing racism and microaggressions as a woman of color in academia, to the implications of religious differences severing personal ties as an individual navigates research and academic studies. Unlike most resources examining grief, this collection pushes beyond notions of sorrow as solely individual, and instead situates moments of loss and hurt as ones that matter politically, academically, professionally, and personally. The editors and their authors offer pathways forward to academics, researchers, teachers, pedagogues, and thinkers who grapple with grief in a variety of forms, transforming this book into a critical resource of hope to those in the field of education (and others) who may feel the effects of an otherwise solitary journey of grief, to create an awareness of solidarity and support that some may not realize exists within academic circles.


Keywords

  • Grief
  • educational counselling
  • higher education
  • Trauma
  • academia
  • narratives
  • hope

Reviews

“A mesmeric, compassionate, and authentic portrayal across perspectives of how the academy remains unprepared to fully, unconditionally, and flexibly validate and support faculty, staff, and students through their vulnerability and depths of grief while simultaneously threading ways to navigate, cultivate, and maintain hope through their professional identities. These raw, illustrative chapters offer the academy a navigational springboard for voice and action upon which to improve.”
Kristine Jolivette, Paul W. Bryant and Mary Harmon Bryant Endowed Professor, University of Alabama, USA

 “Stephanie Shelton and Nicole Sieben crafted this book from their own grief, feeling the way the tendrils of loss and mourning were reaching into every corner and cranny of their teaching and research, and knowing they were far from alone in their experience. The chapters they have assembled are a meditation on how life and pedagogy, inquiry and longing, and despair and hope are entwined in ways that are also inseparable from the urgent need to move toward centering the humanity of students and faculty in higher education.”
Elizabeth Dutro, Professor of Literacy Studies, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, and author of The Vulnerable Heart of Literacy: Centering Trauma as Powerful Pedagogy (2019)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, USA

    Stephanie Anne Shelton

  • SUNY Old Westbury, Old Westbury, USA

    Nicole Sieben

About the editors

Stephanie Anne Shelton is Assistant Professor of Qualitative Research with the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methods, and Counseling at the University of Alabama, USA.

Nicole Sieben is Assistant Professor of Secondary English Education and Coordinator for Graduate Programs in English Education at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Narratives of Hope and Grief in Higher Education

  • Editors: Stephanie Anne Shelton, Nicole Sieben

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-42556-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-42555-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-42558-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-42556-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 226

  • Number of Illustrations: 8 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, Gender Studies

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-42556-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)