chapter  4
10 Pages

Shame in Academe

Academic culture receives strong emotional responses from those who participate in it. Rare is the academic that is not deeply emotionally invested in some aspect of academic culture. Increasingly, the emotional responses of students and faculty to academe are coming to be recognized as rich sources of insight into academic culture and identity-one can learn a lot about academe solely on the basis of the emotional responses of academics. While the formal and systematic study of academic emotion is a largely neglected area of inquiry, there are a number of excellent outlets for gaining insight into academic emotions. One of the more important is the personal account of life in academe. From these accounts, academic emotions can be seen as playing a significant role in shaping the identity of academics and determining the culture of academe. Personal accounts of life in academe also reveal how emotions can be connected with academic success and failure as well as professional power and a lack thereof.