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

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David Kahl, Jr.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Date Written: October 22, 2019

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Kahl, Jr., David, Resisting the Influence of Neoliberalism on Millennial Faculty through Critical Communication Pedagogy and Critical Mentoring (October 22, 2019). Millennial Culture and Communication Pedagogies, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3473960

David Kahl, Jr. (Contact Author)

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College ( email )

286 Burke
Erie, PA 16563
United States

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