Academic Labor in the Third Space

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Aaron Stoller


This special issue suggests the traditional, binary way of conceptualizing academic labor is as naive as it is limiting, and it must be reimagined. The issue attempts to expand the theoretical, conceptual, and organizational resources supporting  Third Space professionals: a category of academic laborers, invisible in the dominant discourses of higher education, who exist between and disrupt the false distinction between to so-called “academic” and “non-academic.”

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Academic Labor in the Third Space
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Aaron Stoller, Colorado College

Aaron Stoller is a philosopher and theorist of higher education.  His research contributes broadly to the field of critical university studies where he focuses on the sociopolitical and organizational contexts of learning, the epistemic cultures of the disciplines, and organizational change in higher education. He has published more than two dozen academic articles and two books on issues as diverse as curriculum and instruction, the theory and practice of interdisciplinarity, organizational learning, and the aims of higher education. He currently serves as Associate Vice President of Student Success at Colorado College and is a faculty member in the Education department. He also holds a faculty affiliation in the Leadership and Integrative Studies program at Arizona State University. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Arizona, an M.Div. from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Social Theory from the ASPECT Program at Virginia Tech.