Advising for Social Justice: The Legacy and Lessons of bell hooks in Contemporary Academic Advising

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 2023 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

This webinar examines bell hooks' liberatory pedagogy and focuses on social justice in the context of academic advising today. bell hooks' death on December 15, 2021, calls us to reexamine her influence and legacy on thinking about higher education and the importance of critical mentorship of students. Indeed, her autotheoretical and intersectional approach is perfectly suited to the work of advising, with its movement from theory to personal narrative/reflection and praxis. Moreover, hooks’ teaching and mentorship of students-which mirror these core relational aspects of advising-center on her learning and readerly life.

Readers of her books learn of hooks’ memories of college and of her early education not as asides or heartfelt anecdotes but as the foundation of her ideas. "Whenever I am asked by audiences to give an account of my journey from small-town segregated black working-class experience to being a well-known intellectual," hooks explains, "I highlight the significance of reading." What ties hooks' teaching texts together is an exercise in threading together critical thinking, community-based knowledge, and personal experiences. When hooks' begins a sentence with "when I was in college" or "During my undergraduate years," she is bridging the personal and cognitive, the reading of her own life that informs her approach to teaching. hooks’ work resonates closely with the approaches advisers employ asking students to reflect on their personal interests, knowledge, reading, and classroom experience as they move through their college journey. In addition to offering information on hooks’ life and publications, the webinar presenters will closely examine short passages and discuss their relevance to advising today. Attendees will leave with ideas on how to engage with hooks’ writings and how to bring hooks’ ideas on intersectionality and inclusion into their work at colleges and universities.

What You'll Learn

  • An understanding of bell hook’s life and work and its application to modern-day academic advising
  • An opportunity to explore short passages from bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress (1994), Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (2003), and
    Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom (2009), all of which contribute to definitions and applications of advising
  • Ideas on how to bring hooks’ ideas on intersectionality and inclusion into your work


Headshot of Kelly PayneKelly Payne, Assistant Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Dr. Payne has over 15 years of experience in academic advising and administration in college and university settings. Her research interests include critical university studies, social reform literature, nineteenth century studies, education and social justice, and academic advising history. Among her publications is “Academic Advising and the Lessons of the Civil Rights Movement” published in the Journal of Educational Administration and History (2022), coauthored with Dr. Ibrahimpašić. 

Headshot of Emira IbrahimpasicEmira Ibrahimpašić, Associate Professor of Practice and Assistant Director of Global Studies Program in the School of Global Integrative Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 
Dr. Ibrahimpašić has over ten years in academic advising and administration in higher education institutions. She has published on a variety of topics from disaster capitalism, women in Islam, education abroad, and student activism and academic advising.


Core Competencies Addressed

Academic Advising Core Competencies that will be addressed in this presentation include: 

  • C1 icon.png  The history and role of academic advising in higher education.
  •   Theory relevant to academic advising.
  • C4 icon.jpg  Academic advising approaches and strategies.
  • C6 icon.png  How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained
  • I5 icon.png  The characteristics, needs, and experiences of major and emerging student populations. 
  • R1 icon.png  Articulate a personal philosophy of academic advising. 
  • R2 icon.png Create rapport and build academic advising relationships. 
  • R3 icon.png  Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 
  • R5 icon.png  Promote student understanding of the logic and purpose of the curriculum.


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