The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

by Maggie Berg & Barbara K. Seeber
  • academic
  • critically-acclaimed
  • from-ontario
  • general-other-non-fiction
  • self-help
If there is one sector of society that should be cultivating deep thought in itself and others, it is academia. Yet the corporatization of the contemporary university has sped up the clock, demanding increased speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship. In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the Slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, Berg and Seeber present both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality. The Slow Professor will be a must-read for anyone in academia concerned about the frantic pace of contemporary university life.


Maggie Berg, author

Maggie Berg is a professor in the Department of English at Queen’s University. A winner of the Chancellor A. Charles Baillie Award for Teaching Excellence, she held the Queen’s Chair of Teaching and Learning from 2009 to 2012.

Barbara K. Seeber, author

Barbara K. Seeber is a professor in the Department of English at Brock University. She received the Brock Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.


  • In 90 thrilling pages of text, Berg and Seeber describe the current corporatization of the college campus and urge professors to resist it with all they’ve got. ‘Thrilling’ isn't a word I often apply to books about higher education, but these pages galvanized me … I hope that college teachers will take time to savor The Slow Professor and talk about it with each other at faculty reading groups. - Barbara King, National Public Radio Link to review
  • Thoughtful, reflective… The best thing this book accomplishes is its unabashed encouragement to talk to our colleagues in order to increase solidarity and togetherness in the combat against changing and challenging professional environments. - Kate Mattocks, Journal of Higher Education Link to review
  • What Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber are doing in The Slow Professor is protesting against the "corporatization of the contemporary university", and reminding us of a kind of "good" selfishness; theirs is a self-help book that recognises the fact that an institution can only ever be as healthy as the sum of its parts. - Emma Rees, Times Higher Education Link to review
  • I read this book with the intensity and engagement that I read a novel. It's a fresh and insightful study that reaches out to readers with wisdom as well as information. - Teresa Mangum, Director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, University of Iowa
  • "The Slow Professor" has a manifesto-like quality. But there are more scholarly insights packed into its slim 90-odd pages than you get in longer academic tomes. A must-read, but do take your time. - Mike Marinetto, Times Higher Education Books of the Year Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: University of Toronto Press



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 128

publication date: 03/01/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book