The latest contribution to our forum, “Communicating Critical Qualitative Research Departures,” is an edifying piece by Kristen C. Blinne entitled “Applying (Com)passion in the Academy,” in which she challenges the pervasive and soul-sapping pressures on us as scholars to practice critical detachment in responding to each other, our students, our own selves, and the fruits of our labors. Reflecting on “the cost of caring in the academy,” Blinne holds that we risk distorting our humanity in the name of careerism and so-called objectivity. Highlighting the courage required to care and to demonstrate compassion in today's institutions of higher learning, she issues a clarion call to own the consequences of our workaday practices in order to...

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