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Academia from the Inside

Pedagogies for Self and Other

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides firsthand accounts and insight into the impact of decisions and environments of academia

  • Expands research on the growing conversation of humanizing education

  • Offers firsthand accounts analyzing professors’ lived experiences inside the classroom or academia

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Foreword/Introduction

    • Maureen P. Hall, Aubrie K. Brault, Libby Falk Jones, Steven Willis
    Pages 1-21
  3. Pursuing Authenticity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
    2. Embracing Otherness in the Self that Teaches

      • Elizabeth Bifuh-Ambe
      Pages 93-118
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 329-337

About this book

This book invites readers to explore how fourteen different experts in their respective fields create deeper meaning in their profession and work with students through thinking, in multiple ways, about the self who teaches, the self who learns, and the ways in which these selves interact within the academy. Essays in this book explore the “inside” of academia through three themes: Pursuing Authenticity, Creating Creative Community, and Humanizing Education. Contributors reflect on their own lived experiences in the academy and on pedagogies that they have created for their students. Embodied education, the theoretical framework of this book, draws on ideas of educators Parker Palmer from the West and Dr. Chinmay Pandya from the East, emerging through contributors’ collaborative work. In embodied education, teachers and learners share experiences that lead to self-understanding and together find ways to humanize spaces in academia.


  • teacher identity
  • teaching and learning
  • SoTL
  • Art Education
  • STEM education


“As this era of social reckonings has made clear, all of our major institutions—especially education—stand in urgent need of transformation if we are to create a world that works for everyone. Here’s a blueprint for that transformation. Written by a collective of dedicated and experienced educators, the essays in this volume offer much more than a hopeful vision. Instead, they tell embodied stories of personal agency that move from reclaiming our identity and integrity as educators, to creating community with colleagues, to taking action together. Transforming academia ‘from the inside out’ is a route to the kind of change that matters and that endures. This book will take us closer to that goal.” (Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, USA

    Maureen P. Hall, Aubrie K. Brault

About the editors

Maureen P. Hall is Professor of Education and Teacher-Educator at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA. In her research and teaching, she explores the intersections between and among literacies, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and mindfulness, and has published two books and more than twenty peer-reviewed journal articles and edited chapters.

Aubrie K. Brault works as a Senior Instructional Designer, developing mobile and desktop educational training solutions in the healthtech sector. Her publications include pieces in Ubiquity and the UMassD Magazine. She is one of the founders of “Arnie's Cupboard," the food pantry responding to food insecurity within the UMass Dartmouth community.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Academia from the Inside

  • Book Subtitle: Pedagogies for Self and Other

  • Editors: Maureen P. Hall, Aubrie K. Brault

  • DOI:

  • 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 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-83894-2Published: 23 November 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-83897-3Published: 24 November 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-83895-9Published: 02 December 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 337

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Teaching and Teacher Education, Professional & Vocational Education, Creativity and Arts Education, Educational Philosophy

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