Margaret Price: “The Essential Functions of the Position: Investigating Collegiality and Productivity for Faculty with Mental Disabilities”

Margaret Price: “The Essential Functions of the Position: Investigating Collegiality and Productivity for Faculty with Mental Disabilities”

Mad at School (Michigan, 2010) uses a disability-studies perspective to examine how mental disabilities impact academic culture. Focusing on classroom discussions, conferences, and job searches, it examines the language used to denote mental disability; the role of “participation” and “presence” in student learning; the role of “collegiality” in faculty work; the controversy over “security” and free speech in the wake of recent school shootings; and the status of independent scholars with mental disabilities.

“Essential Functions” talk
“Essential Functions” slides
“Essential Functions” handout

Margaret Price is Associate Professor of English at Spelman College.