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To Blog or Not To Blog

During my time as a PhD student, professors have shared mixed comments about blogging.  Some professors have encouraged me to blog and others have deemed the practice as a waste of time.

What I noticed about those who were from the pro-blog camp is that they are either assistant professors or senior professors who happen to be tech savvy.

The anti-blog camp are typically older and committed to the traditional expectations of academia.

Even those from the pro-blog camp struggle with the act.  One professor asked me to chime in on a potential post.  The content was soooooo thick [wordy].  For some, making the transition from hefty manuscripts to brief and succinct commentary is a major challenge.  Here are a few other troubling comments that I have heard from students and professors:

  • I’m long-winded, and there’s no way I can cram all of what I have to say in that box.
  • Blogging will call into question my status as a serious scholar.
  • Who actually reads that %!#&?

Maybe it is time for universities to offer training on contemporary sharing platforms. Reboot?

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You: Hey professor, I need your help. Professor: I’m on summer break!

I am in the process of applying for professorships, and I keep coming across adverts that state that the job is a 9, 11 or 12-month tenure track position. I haven’t put much thought into how professors spend their summers and I have been sloppy about contacting them during “off season”. I assumed that they all were being paid during the summer break. Well, apparently not. If a professor is tied to a 9-month contract/agreement with the university…they are not obligated to work over the summer. There are many versions of this, but that’s what I have gathered from the adverts. I welcome insight from others, and I would love to cover this topic in class.

So look, the next time you decide to email your professor over the summer…put some thought into their relationship with the program. Are they a year-round kinda professor, or are they only obligated to respond to your inconsiderate emails for 9 months out of the year?

This is me, learning as I go…and I may have to apologize to a few people.

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