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The Unorthodox Professor

Surviving and Thriving as a Change Agent in Education

2018 - 378 pages

Barbara S. Spector (University of South Florida, USA)

ISBN Paperback: 9789463511742 ($ 32.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789463511759 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789463511766

Subject: Science Education, Professional Development, Learning, STEM, Education General

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The book is an autoethnography (self-analysis) of a woman’s career as an educator that spans half a century. Her stories as a visionary change agent in STEM education provide 

  • an unorthodox approach to surviving and thriving in academia. By candidly “telling tales out-of-school” about events common in higher education – but not openly talked about – these stories and 149 lessons learned can be a roadmap for both seasoned and early career faculty;
  • a guide to sources of joy and satisfaction – career rewards;
    • insight to attaining grants from public and private sources to develop programs for diverse learners and for community engagement;
    • a federal grant funding program officer’s use of a systemic approach to infuse marine education nationally;
    • adventures of an out-of-the-box high school biology teacher as a template for use of the community as a resource for teaching K-12;
    • use of program and course development for learners of all ages in formal and informal settings as a mechanism for change.

Social issues emerging during this study that are relevant to the next generation of educators include a woman's role in society, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment; shifting paradigms, school reform, resistance to change, and educational funding; environmental degradation and climate change.


This book will interest anyone concerned with improving education.


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