shaping our lives

We constantly mold our-selves throughout life. We also influence those around us by our words and actions. Question is, how can we find a balance, or an understanding of our place. In this specific instance it is a question of balance in academics.

This is not a guide or a cheat-sheet to how to do these things, just the beginning of a discussion on how our own influences, our presence affects others.  This presence or even reputation, is created by a number of things, but can include academic freedom and academic duty.

It is one thing to have a reputation, but it is how you mold it through action that can change others.



This TED talk is not exactly the same thing as academic freedom or academic responsibility. But what does the talk tell us about research and reputation?

Think about how technology can create trust among strangers. Empowering people to create meaningful relationships instead of empty relationships – but reinvented for technology. Our reputation is our economy in the future.

When we engage in the academic profession, our research and our interactions with students is how we form our reputation. This reputation is then how we form relationships with others even if we have not met them in person yet.

While we can have the legal right to perform research, we also have the academic duty to understand how our actions influence others. As long as our actions are done without malice, or the intent to harm others then it can be fine. If you maintain a solid, positive reputation, you can get a good deal of things done without fighting your own demeanor.

Your reputation can also then allow for more academic freedom and academic duties. If you are known for doing good work in a professional manner, more opportunities can occur. This then feeds into any kind of personal plan to advance and solidify academic positions and commitment to student populations.

So when we interact with academic freedom and academic duty, it is not what you can “get away with” but how to use these freedoms and responsibilities to enhance personal research and student learning experiences.


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