Recently anthropologist John Hawks was granted tenure by the University of Wisconsin (congratulations to him!) and he feels that his blogging did not impede his evaluation. He has begun a four part series that “covers a different portion of the tenure process, from starting and establishing the tone of your blog, up to documenting your blog for your tenure dossier.”
The full story is divided into four parts. In the final installment, which may be most useful to current bloggers, I will describe the specific strategies that I applied to quantify my blog’s role as a service to the field and to the public. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be discussing strategies to build a blog’s reputation and readership in the years leading up to tenure review, and some ways to integrate research with blogging.
Today, I weigh the pluses and minuses of starting a blog on the tenure track, including the key question of anonymity. This will be especially relevant if you are newly on the tenure track and considering starting a blog. You may also find some of it useful if you have a blog already and are considering shedding a pseudonym and making a blog part of your academic life.
I’m relatively lucky, I’m not on a tenure-track (and don’t want to be on one), and what I do here is largely independent of my academic career, though I receive some notice from my colleagues. I will however be following John’s series as I’m sure there will be some gems of wisdom for all of us who blog and work in the academy.
Update (8/5): Part 2 is here.