Slow Professor Reading & Discussion Group

Take Time to Think

The increasingly frantic pace of professorial life can drive faculty literally to distraction. How can we counteract the frenzy and bring time to think back into academic life?

The 2016 book The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, by Canadian English professors Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, draws lessons from the “Slow Food” movement. They discuss how adopting the principles of the “Slow” movement to academic life can counter the erosion of humanistic education in particular and university life more broadly.

The CFDE will host a reading and discussion group of The Slow Professor throughout the 2015-16 academic year. We will meet six times to discuss each of the four chapters, plus the introduction and conclusion of this brief, 90-page book. We will explore the pragmatic suggestions and potential problems of the book by enacting them in a yearlong engagement with the text.


  • Fri Sept 16: “The Slow Movement and the Slow Professor"
  • Fri Oct 21: “Time Management and Timelessness"
  • Fri Nov 18: “Pedagogy and Pleasure"
  • Fri Jan 20: “Research and Understanding"
  • Fri Feb 17: “Collegiality and Community"
  • Fri Mar 17: “Collaboration and Thinking Together"


Noon to 1 pm. Brown bag. CFDE will provide drinks.


PAIS 280 (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Sciences Building)

Registration for this series is now closed.


Contact Allison Adams
Associate Director
Center for Faculty Development and Excellence
Emory University
Woodruff Library Suite 216
Atlanta GA 30322

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