Are We in This Alone? Examining the Cost of Health & Wellness by Surviving the Neoliberal Academy for Multiple Minoritized Faculty
Keywords:Multiple Minoritized Faculty, Health and Wellness, Neoliberalism, autoethnography, higher education
This manuscript highlights the findings from a critical collective autoethnography conducted by two multiple minoritized faculty members, outlining the consequences of neoliberalism on their health and wellness. The overarching goals of the study were to develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding about the ways in which neoliberal institutions of higher education impact faculty health and wellness. Findings from the study highlight that Academic Socialization in the Neoliberal University, and Prioritizing Academic Success over Wellness drive the psychological, physical, and emotional trauma some faculty members in the academy experience. Findings also indicate that faculty who invest in Resistance as a Vehicle for Change encounter a dilemma because of the draining mental, physical, and psychological impacts of engaging in such resistance. As such, some faculty depend on Mentors Who Care and Advocate for them, and Collaborative Opportunities as sustainable chances to help them survive and thrive in these neoliberal academic environments.