Collegiality and Collaboration

Inside Higher Ed has a beautiful tribute by Teresa Mangum to our colleague, the Victorianist Sally Ledger.  The article ends with words to shape our profession:

“Remember what a privilege and a joy it is to learn and to teach and to do so with others, I long to say. Steer clear of the selfishness and competitiveness that corrode collegiality — especially in tough economic times like these. Take your students and colleagues with you whether you’re traveling through new ideas, building new platforms on which to share those ideas, or creating networks to connect all who value ideas. Remember that the life of the mind needn’t be purchased by the death of joy or generosity. Keep your head and your heart open for unanticipated moments when the interests and values you share with a colleague beckon you across that threshold to friendship. Even when the winds of recession blow and career disappointments batter, that fixture will steadfastly remain.”  –Teresa Mangum

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~ by Jay Clayton on March 9, 2009.

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