Leslie Gonzales, Michigan State University

Insights about the Production, Evaluation, and Valuation of knowledge within Academia: Readying our Organizations for Intellectual Diversity and Epistemic Justice
Leslie Gonzales


Fall 2018
Lecture Time: 
Friday, October 5, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Jeffrey Grim


Drawing from concepts located in sociology, critical organizational studies, critical feminist and critical race feminist theories, and philosophy, Gonzales will address the production, evaluation, and valuation of knowledge within academia. Specifically, Gonzales will reflect on interviews conducted with almost 100 professors over the last eight years and describe how scholars whose scholarship might be viewed as “non-conventional” strive to position their work as acceptable, or legitimate, in the context of their disciplines and departments, and how in turn, disciplinary and departmental colleagues (e.g., mentors, faculty, peers) receive that work. After presenting these insights, Gonzales will highlight strategies for “readying” individuals and organizations to be more supportive of scholarship that diverges from traditional norms and conventions, and the implications of failing to do so.

Recording & Additional Notes

Reading List

Gonzales, L. D. (2013). Faculty sensemaking and mission creep: Interrogating institutionalized ways of knowing and doing legitimacy. The Review of Higher Education, 36(2), 179-209.

Gonzales, L. D. (2018). Subverting and minding boundaries: The intellectual work of women. The Journal of Higher Education, 89(5), 677-701.