& Philosophy List
and Folding Tables: Reflections on the Student Affairs Profession
by Randy L. Mitchell
With humor, pathos, and humanity,
Fables, Labels, and
Folding Tables is a valuable reflective tool for helping student affairs professionals
to define or re-define our place and our work in a time of dramatic change. It is a book
about the human dimension of student affairs.
Author Randy Mitchell shares personal/professional essays as
he explores his own work and that of his profession. Randy sees the
the stories and experiences that professionals share with each other as processes
of interpretation and self-definition. This sharing is critical to individual and
collective success. Labels refers to the unique language of the profession and
captures the names and ways used to describe people, movements, causes, and paradigms.
And, folding tables denotes the tools of the trade and the ability to invent,
utilize, and create using those tools.
Each of the 31 essays is a personal story, and yet in the
tradition of all great story-telling, the story is really about each of us. As such it
offers us the opportunity to think and reflect on our own practice and its place in the
profession as a whole.