Sociology and higher education pedagogy scholars argue that college teaching is care work. I analyze reader comments generated by two essays published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed about academic care work and find that many commentators think women should care less. Commenters argued that care work was detrimental to student development and faculty performance. In contrast, I argue that care work promotes learning. What is needed are institutions that make it clear that care work is an expectation for all professors, that provide training to enhance care in the classroom, office, lab, and the field, and that reward professors that excel at using care to help student reach their full potential.
"College Teaching as Care Work,"
Feminist Pedagogy: Vol. 3:
4, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/feministpedagogy/vol3/iss4/7