The Power of Partnership

Students, Staff, and Faculty Revolutionizing Higher Education

Edited by Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot

The Power of Partnership celebrates the nuance and depth of student-faculty partnerships in higher education and illustrates the many ways that partnership—the equitable collaboration among students, staff, and faculty in support of teaching and learning—has the potential to transform lives and institutions.

The book aims to break the mold of traditional and power-laden academic writing by showcasing creative genres such as reflection, poetry, dialogue, illustration, and essay. The collection has invited chapters from renowned scholars in the field alongside new student and staff voices, and it reflects and embodies a wide range of student-staff partnership perspectives from different roles, identities, cultures, countries, and institutions.

The Power of Partnership makes a significant, creative, and timely contribution to the scholarly literature on a growing trend in higher education—equitable collaborations among students, staff, and faculty in support of teaching and learning. As this book illustrates, this work can take a wide variety of forms, yet the shared principles underlying partnership have the potential to revolutionize higher education.” – Jessie L. Moore, Peter Felten, and Jennie Goforth



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ISBN: 978-1-951414-02-3
January 2020
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Table of Contents

Preface: A Partnership Origin [E-]Story
Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot

Introduction: (Re)Envisioning Partnership
Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot


Introduction: Re-envisioning the Academy
Chng Huang Hoon

Chapter 1: The P.O.W.E.R. Framework: Power Dimensions Shaping Students as Partners Processes
Roselynn Verwoord and Heather Smith

Chapter 2: From Novelty to Norm: Moving beyond Exclusion and the Double Justification Problem in Student-Faculty Partnerships
Sean Wilson, Julie Phillips, Helen Meskhidze, Claire Lockard, Peter Felten, Susannah McGowan, and Stephen Bloch-Schulman

Chapter 3: Unlearning Hierarchies and Striving for Relational Diversity: A Feminist Manifesto for Student-Staff Partnerships
Rachel Guitman, Anita Acai, and Lucy Mercer-Mapstone

Chapter 4: Power, Partnership, and Representation: A Dialogue Exploring Student Academic Representation Systems as a Form of Partnership
Abbi Flint and Hannah Goddard

Chapter 5: Partnership as a Civic Process
Isabella Lenihan-Ikin, Brad Olsen, Kathryn A. Sutherland, Emma Tennent, and Marc Wilson


Introduction: Annotations on the Spaces in Between
Nancy Chick

Chapter 6: A Partnership Mindset: Students as Partners in and Beyond the Academy
Tai Peseta, Jenny Pizzica, Ashley Beathe, Chinnu Jose, Racquel Lynch, Marisse Manthos, Kathy Nguyen, and Hassan Raza

Chapter 7: The Experience of Partnerships in Learning and Teaching: A Visual Metaphor
Kelly E. Matthews

Chapter 8: On the Edge: The Spaces between Student-Staff Partnerships
Amani Bell, Stephanie Barahona, and Bonnie Stanway

Chapter 9: A Radical Practice? Considering the Relationships between Partnership and Social Change
Rachel Guitman and Elizabeth Marquis


Introduction: The Way of Partnership
Jenny Marie

Chapter 10: Discerning Growth: Tracing Rhizomatic Development through Pedagogical Partnerships
Sasha Mathrani and Alison Cook-Sather

Chapter 11: Space in the Margin: The Poetry of Partnership
Abbi Flint

Chapter 12: Increasing the Participation of Underrepresented Minorities in STEM Classes through Student-Instructor Partnerships
Desika Narayanan and Sophia Abbot

Chapter 13: Personal Growth through Traditional and Radical Partnerships
Anita Ntem

Chapter 14: “I’ve Seen You”: A Conversation about the Transformative Potential of Working in Partnership
Jennifer Fraser, Moonisah Usman, Kate Carruthers Thomas, Mayed Ahmed, Anna Dolidze, Fathimath Zuruwath Zareer, Rumy Begum, Bradley Elliott, and Evgeniya Macleod

Chapter 15: Sitting on Rocks, Human Knots, and Other Lessons I Learned in Partnership
Anne Bruder

CONCLUSIONS/OPENINGS: Things that Make Us Go Hmmm
Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Sophia Abbot