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Centre for Teaching and Learning

The Slow Professor revisited

Two years after the surprise success of their book The Slow Professor, the authors reflect on its impact, their attempts to live up to its ideals, and what comes next.

In the spring of 2016, the University of Toronto Press published The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber, professors of literature at Queen’s University and Brock University, respectively. Applying the principles of the “slow” movement to academia, the authors offered insights on how professors can counter the frantic pace and high expectations of contemporary university life. The book received praise from many within academia for questioning the status quo, but also attracted criticism by some who feel that they aren’t in the same privileged position as the authors to be able to slow down. What’s not in dispute is its success: UTP publicist Chris Reed says the book has sold more than 22,000 copies in various formats, qualifying it as “a national bestseller.” University Affairs editor Léo Charbonneau recently checked in with the two authors to discuss the book’s reception and what’s happened since its publication.

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