Disaster Pedagogy for Higher Education serves as an all-purpose, contextually grounded, and multi-modal introduction to teaching in higher education during times of crisis and disaster. The text covers a wide variety of topics such as classroom pedagogy, emergency management, and study abroad, from a variety of contributors including professors, administrators, adjunct faculty, and students. It is organized into the three sections: Research and Criticism, which contains three essays that highlight original research and scholarly critique of topics related to higher education during disaster; Explorations and Examinations, consisting of five essays that focus on best practices of a specific aspect of higher education during disaster; and Personal and Professional Reflections, made up of six essays that provide a more personal look into how disasters have impacted faculty, administration, and students in the academy.
Victor Malo-Juvera is Professor of English Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches courses in writing for secondary teachers, young adult literature, and mythology. His research focuses on young adult literature and culturally responsive instruction.
Nicholas Laudadio is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he teaches classes in science fiction, horror, popular culture, and literary and critical theory. His research explores the cultural history of music and musical instruments with a particular focus on electronic music and science fiction in the 20th century.
Nicholas Laudadio and Victor Malo-Juvera
Research and Criticism
Give Me Liberty or Give Me a Mask: Pandemic Anti-Masking as Anti-Science Discourse
Education in Times of Crises: The Ontological Imperative in Considering the Role of Technology Adoption in Remote Educational Settings
Hannah R. Gerber
From Meteorological Uncertainty to Missing Muffins: How University Emergency Managers Manage Uncertainty as a Hurricane Response Strategy
Ian R. Weaver
Explorations and Examinations
Nimble Pedagogies for A Liquid Time: Disruption, Accommodation, Collaboration, Reinvention, and Compromise
Diana Ashe and Colleen Reilly
Studying Abroad During a Time of Disaster: An Exploration of Pitfalls, Pivots, and Possibilities for the Future
Kara Pike Inman, Nicole Desjardins Gowdy, and Jason Kinnear
Thinking Through Disasters: Critical Analysis and Research in College Composition Courses
How Do You Learn to Teach When You Can’t Go to School? Teaching Teachers in the Age of Virtual Living
Alice Hays, Jouselin Martin, Alexandra Chapa-Kunz, and Wade Branch
Trauma and Its Lasting Effects after School Shootings; Psychological Considerations for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Personal & Professional Reflections
Chairing in the Pandemicene: Coronavirus, George Floyd, and the Year of Living Dangerously
New Literacies, Empathy and Advocacy - Reconstructing a Pedagogy in Pandemic Times
In a Crisis, Stories Need to be Heard—Changing the Digital Landscape to Include Narratives
Kevin D. Cordi
Community is Always the Answer: Columbus State Community College, Compassion, and Care
Holdfast: An Education in Disaster
A Resident Assistant’s Reflections on the Pandemic
ABOUT THE EDITORS
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Disaster Pedagogy for Higher Education is a must-read for improved understanding of the multi-dimensional, reverberating impact of natural and manufactured disasters. While intended for those who teach, learn and support in post-secondary settings, the revelatory honesty of the authors regarding lessons learned about self, others, the environment, resource needs, survivorship, and resilience is adaptable to life-altering emergencies in other settings. Leveraging academic content, personal narrative, relevant research and literature, accommodative and innovative pedagogies, and equitable care, the authors’ weaving of competing real-world variables demonstrates the need for intentionality in resolving any disruptive event and proactive responsiveness to its ongoing impact on self, others and our world. I consider Disaster Pedagogy a critical reference for any future emergency management effort I undertake.
Disaster Pedagogy for Higher Education is an essential resource for university educators in a time when disruptions are occurring more and more frequently. The editors have put together a comprehensive collection that contains original research, best practices, and personal reflections and delves into some of the most relevant aspects of higher education. As the Provost of the #1 ranked university for excellence in undergraduate teaching and the only college ranked in the top-20 in all eight categories of U. S. News and World Report “Focus of Student Success” high-impact academic programs, I can say that I wish I had this text to share with faculty before the COVID pandemic; moreover, I will be sharing it for years to come.
This is an indispensable book for higher education professionals in an era marked by disasters driven by climate change, viruses, and racism among other forces. Regardless of the institutional positions that readers inhabit, everyone involved in higher education will learn from reading and reflecting on the research and insights that Malo-Juvera, Laudadio and their colleagues have collected in this volume.