Resisting the Influence of Neoliberalism on Millennial Faculty through Critical Communication Pedagogy and Critical Mentoring
Millennial Culture and Communication Pedagogies, 2019
27 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 22, 2019
Because the millennial generation has had great influence on society, scholars, educators, and corporations are interested in what defines this highly-educated and self-absorbed generation. They want to know more about the ways in which millennials’ lives have been shaped — from childhood to adulthood. In this chapter, I will argue that the greatest influence on the lives of millennials is the inimical influence of neoliberalism. I will demonstrate the ways in which parents of millennials raise their children to internalize a “me first” attitude — the same attitude embraced by the free market. I will then argue that neoliberally driven education further inculcates free-market principles which are devoid of critical thought and concern for marginalized people. Finally, I will discuss how millennials who enter the realm of higher education as faculty can resist the neoliberal pressure of the university through critical faculty mentoring.
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