Aside: Lisa Wade on Academic Blogging

The Office Hours Podcast recently featured Professor Lisa Wade of Sociological Images. Worth a listen. Though I would like to hear more of her view on recognition (or lack thereof) from her school and academic community for her blogging efforts. I was disappointed to hear that she didn’t mention it in her application for tenure. Why shouldn’t there be some metric for new media that serves the college community? It brings mostly good PR to the school and serves as a valuable teaching tool for colleagues. Perhaps it is fair to classify it as a hobby, and section it off from paid scholarly work, but it is time consuming and provides clear benefit to the school and field. A more nuanced follow-up conversation on this topic would be interesting.


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