26 July 2006

Blogging, Hiring & Firing in Academe

The on-line version of The Chronicle of Higher Education has just run a little symposium on the influence that blogging ought or might or has (or the reverse of all those things) had on decisions to hire or fire in the academic marketplce. You may find it interesting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a thought provoking piece. I wonder if the concern is new - in the sense that blogging might simply be the latest avenue for scholars who wish to be engaged with world events. In that sense, dismissing blogging is just the latest version of academic snobbery.

On a somewhat related concern and something you have posted about - the Chronincle ran a great piece last issue called "War Stories in the Classroom" By Nancy Thompson - it was about veterans of the Iraq war returning to community college.

On an unrelated point - David Bacon has a new book called Communities without Borders. Some of the photographs from the collection are being used in an exhibit in Mexico City "Todos Somos Immigrantes - I did not cross the border. The border crossed me." He also has some great photographs in a collection called "Living Under the Trees" that features immigrant communities living in LA. His web site is here - http://dbacon.igc.org/Imgrants/imgrants.htm

Finally, and lightheartedly, the Guardian front page today has a picture of men's feet in flip flops, with a witty story about women complaining about the such sights!

26 July, 2006 22:05  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

And your thoughts son flip flops? With or without socks?

26 July, 2006 22:12  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

PS: I ask because I only recently started wearing such footware. My qualms had not been the "look" but the comfort.

And thanks, by the way, for the suggestions. I will chack them out.

As for blogging, I think it is a fairly risky enterprise because despite the talk, academics are a fairly conservative and authority driven bunch.

26 July, 2006 22:15  

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