Here are links to my essays at the Chronicle of Higher Education (and one at Inside Higher Education) loosely organized around the theme of public engagement. A list of all my published higher education pieces is at the bottom. I return to these themes regularly on the blog as well.
My manifesto – It needs to count: Sustained Public Engagement – “But Does it Count?” (Chronicle.com, 6/23/2014)
My Story – My Initial Public Offering (Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/22/2013)
- Avoiding celebrity culture and the prestige economy: A Thousand Neil deGrasse Tysons! (Chronicle Vitae, 7/21/2014)
- Public engagement from unexpected places: A Medievalist on Savage Love (Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/12/15)
- Public engagement requires protection from our institution: Don’t Speak Out: The Message of the Salaita Affair (Chronicle.com, 8/21/14). Tressie McMillan Cottom just wrote a must-read piece on this too: Everything but the Burden.
- #FergusonSyllabus (Chronicle.com, 11/25/2014) – Even a medievalist has something to say.
Other essays on public engagement for both individuals and institutions.
- Yoni Appelbaum goes From Grad School to the Atlantic (Chronicle.com, 2/11/15). He wants your pitches.
- Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan, fights for the liberal arts and sciences education. University Presidents and Public Engagement (Chronicle.com, 12/18/2014)
- Colleges as institutions can engage on important issues. Here’s – No Longer “Falling off the Cliff” – College for People with Intellectual Disabilities (Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/11/14). I make a similar case here –
- Catholic Universities and Undocumented Students (Chronicle.com, 7/21/14)
- Two medievalists write novels. It, too, should count. Fictionalizing Your Scholarship (Chronicle of Higher Education, 10/13/2014)
- Writing about Sarah Palin’s medievalism. Why and how it matters – A Medievalist on CNN (Inside Higher Ed, 7/2/2014)
What is a university?
- Faculty Members Are Not Cashiers: Why the ‘customer service’ lingo in academe is bad for students (Chronicle.com, 3/18/2014)
- The Learning-Centered University (Chronicle Vitae, 7/1/2014)
Other Higher Education Essays:
- Lower Ed vs Betsy DeVos: What’s So Great About Being a Customer? (Pacific Standard, 5/30/17)
- Guns on Campus Jeopardize Education (CNN.com, 2/24/16)
- Three Rules of Academic Blogging (Chronicle.com, 11/12/15)
- Making Academic Conferences Accessible (Chronicle Vitae, 7/8/15)
- Low Cost College Isn’t Enough (CNN.com, 5/20/15)
- Save Academic Conferences! (Chronicle.com, 5/6/2015)
- Dear Student? How about Dear Provost? (Chronicle Vitae, 3/11/15)
- Why Write a Book? (Chronicle Vitae, 3/3/15)
- Associate Dean of What? (Chronicle.com, 1/26/15)
- Who Will Teach All the Free Community College Students? (Chronicle.com, 1/15/15)
- Academic Freedom and Repellent Speech (Chronicle.com, 12/15/2014)
- Should I Let my Boss Friend Me on Facebook? (Chronicle Vitae, 12/9/14)
- Save the NEH (from itself) (Chronicle Vitae, 10/16/2014)
- Fix the Hiring Process (Chronicle Vitae, 10/6/2014)
- Why John Walsh’s Plagiarism Matters – It’s not what you think (Chronicle Vitae, 7/25/14)
- The Most Interesting Adjunct in the World (Chronicle Vitae, 6/11/14)
- All Faculty are Labor (Chronicle Vitae, 5/22/2014)
- An Academic “Working Dad” (Chronicle.com, 5/19/2014)
- Adjuncts and the Language of Labor: Part I (Chronicle Vitae, 4/24/14)
- End the Conference Interview (Chronicle Vitae, 9/23/2014)
- Save the Dissertation! (It saved me) (Chronicle Vitae, 8/25/14)
- College, One Latte at a Time? No thanks. (CNN.com, 6/17/14)
- Do we need Trigger Warnings in the Classroom? (CNN.com, 5/20/2014)
- Go Where They Are: An Online Teaching Manifesto (Chronicle of Higher Education, 4/29/2013)
- Teaching Grade Thirteen with Kathleen Kennedy (Chronicle of Higher Education, 12/13/2009)