Academic as Public Intellectual

Part of the Rethinking Higher Education book series (RHE)


Some persons of a desponding spirit are in great concern about that vast number of academics using the university as a place to voice opinions, disrupt neoliberalism, and question the establishment under the guise of academic freedom, and we have been desired to employ our thoughts what course may be taken to ease higher education of so grievous an encumbrance. But we are not in the least pain upon that matter, because it is very well known that we can position these academics as service providers relieving them of academic freedom and putting them in their place by the neoliberal practices of efficiency, accountability, teaching evaluations, prescribed syllabi, university-wide templates, and class management systems. This way these academics have no time to think, and consequently pine away for want of intellectual nourishment to a degree that if at any time they are accidentally expected to ponder and engage, they have not the scholarly strength to perform it; and thus the university is happily delivered from the evils of the contemplative academic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Melbourne Graduate School of EducationThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.College of EducationThe University of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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