ERIC Number: EJ792300
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-18
Reference Count: 0
Not Your Father's Ph.D.
Withrow, Brandon G.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n32 pC3 Apr 2008
This article describes how the author, a devoted blogger, confronts his fear that his virtual life is damaging his career prospects in academe. As a new Ph.D. in religious studies, the author has every reason to believe he will find a tenure-track job. He has read the numbers and know that, on average, job candidates spend two to five years in temporary positions before finding their first stable one. He has teaching experience in the field, a growing publication record, and he is applying for positions. But recently he had his first reality check, in the form of disappointing application returns. His many hours of hard work have, so far, yielded nothing more than scattered adjunct gigs. That reality has left him with a burning curiosity: Could his abundance of virtual-life opportunities be damaging his real-life ones? The author has read many articles on the subject, hoping to find out. One said that the first thing a search committee does is Google a job candidate's name. When the committee members see one is a blogger, it becomes a strike against him or her. The same author suggested one should avoid blogging, avoid engaging the public arena online, and avoid doing what comes naturally to his or her generation. Another essay confirmed the first: Blogging is a hazard to a budding academic career. Only one article, to date, has viewed blogging as an opportunity to demonstrate skills often lacking in older faculty members. In this article, the author offers some things to consider for both the young blogging scholar and the distinguished senior faculty member.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Job Applicants, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Technology Uses in Education
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