Dr. Jennifer Martin Edits Book on Social Justice Advocacy

February 05, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Dr. Jennifer Martin, assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union, recently contributed a chapter to and edited a new book on social justice advocacy.

Martin’s book, “Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy,” was released last week. This book focuses on the prevalence of modern day prejudice and discrimination through discussions on equality issues, current events, and personal narratives of contributing authors. The book also discusses the continuing struggle faced by citizens who have overcome social justice issues. 

In Martin’s chapter, titled, “Self-Study of Social Justice Teaching on the Tenure Track: A Pedagogy of Vulnerability,” she shares her personal struggles in teaching “unsafe content,” topics that destabilize students or make them uncomfortable.

“Asking students to grow, often when they are disinclined to do so, can make professors who ask students to do this work vulnerable in their own right,” Martin said.

The book’s forward is written by Richard Milner, Helen Faison Endowed Chair of Urban Education and professor of education, social work and Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

“Although some still believe and advance conversations that would suggest that we currently live in a post-racial U.S. society – mainly because of the election of our nation’s first black president, this book disputes this notion by providing compelling examples of the ways in which micro-aggressions still manifest in the everyday lives of people,” Milner writes.

In addition, the book includes a chapter by Mount Union faculty member Dr. Michelle Collins-Sibley, professor of English, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Liberal Studies, Director of the Integrative Core and Director of Africana Studies and America Studies programs at Mount Union. Collins-Sibley’s chapter is titled, “’Becoming the Bear’: A Meditation on Racial Battle Fatigue, Resistance & Grace in Academia.”

The book is available for order online on Amazon

Martin also co-edits an online peer reviewed journal for the Ohio Council for Professors of Educational Administration. The first edition of Leadership and Research in Education: The Journal of the OCPEA was published last fall. 

Martin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, philosophy, and education from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a Master of Liberal Studies degree in women’s studies from Eastern Michigan University and an education specialist degree in administration and leadership from Oakland University. In addition, she earned a Master of Arts degree in English literature from Eastern Michigan University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in educational leadership from Oakland University. 


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