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The 'Be Yourself' Myth

You have to create a professional persona. That persona is a full-fledged adult who demonstrates a tightly organized research program, a calm confidence in a research contribution to a field or discipline, a clear and specific trajectory of publications, innovative but concise, non-emotional ideas about teaching at all levels of the curriculum, a non-defensive openness to the exchange of ideas, and most importantly, a steely-eyed grasp of the real (as opposed to fantasy) needs of actual hiring departments, which revolve ultimately, in the current market, around money.

Kelsky, Karen. Inside Higher Ed (2012). Careers>Academic>Interviewing


A Call for Copyright Rebellion

Copyright law was originally intended to protect those who create for profit (Lessig used the example of recording artist Britney Spears). But academics also create original works, he said, and they are — or should be — motivated by a desire to advance human knowledge, not line their pockets. Therefore, sealing their work behind copyright barriers does no social good.

Kolowich, Steve. Inside Higher Education (2009). Articles>Intellectual Property>Copyright>Academic


Fulfilling the Promise of Open Content

Unfortunately, the movement to use open educational resources in higher education hasn’t yet realized the full impact that its founders anticipated. Open content is still in its infancy and faces some technical and cultural challenges that affect its widespread adoption.

Petrides, Lisa. Inside Higher Ed (2008). Articles>Education>Online>Open Source


Making Wikis Work for Scholars

For all the hand-wringing over whether Wikipedia is a legitimate source for completing college assignments, some professors are quietly incorporating it into their classrooms and even their research. Others, noting features of the Web site that contribute to inaccuracies and shortchange the value of expertise, are building variations on the model that are more amenable to academics and to peer review.

Guess, Andy. Inside Higher Ed (2008). Articles>Research>Online>Wikis


News: How to Talk Science

"There's a tremendous need for science to be communicated well," Alan Alda said, recalling his experiences interviewing researchers for PBS's "Scientific American Frontiers." He found that people were much easier to understand and engaged when the pressure was off; when scientific jargon was replaced with human intimacy. "Their natural desire to help me understand became a two-person thing. It wasn't them lecturing an audience; it was a connection between two people."

Inside Higher Ed (2010). Articles>Scientific Communication


Research Methods 'Beyond Google'

When “Google” has become a synonym for “research,” how should faculty respond? And if the answer doesn’t lie in musty books and stacks of journals, are libraries still part of the answer? The problem is near-universal for professors who discover, upon assigning research projects, that superficial searches on the Internet and facts gleaned from Wikipedia are the extent — or a significant portion — of far too many of their students’ investigations.

Guess, Andy. Inside Higher Ed (2008). Articles>Research>Online


A Wiki Situation

Admit it: You sometimes consult Wikipedia. Scott McLemee wonders if you should write for it, too.

McLemee, Scott. Inside Higher Ed (2006). Articles>Publishing>Online>Wikis

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