academic etiquette of blogging

Here’s a question for Emily Post or Ms. Manners: what does one do with blogging on an academic CV?  Should it be on the CV?  Is it not worthy?  Lets make it a poll!


Written by seansafford

July 29, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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  1. Awesome, I now have 1,190 additional publications.



    July 29, 2009 at 4:15 pm

  2. My $.02:

    Blogging is extra-curricular, unless it’s in some sort of official capacity (like the Contexts blogs). Either way, it’s really not equivalent to what we do in the journals. On my CV, I think it’s listed at the end, under a section called “recreational writing.” I also include fun stuff like music reviews, and the like, just in case someone googles me and finds them.



    July 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

  3. I went up for tenure last year (and got it! yeah!) My guest stint at orgtheory came up as something to put on my cv. There were mixed feelings. Ultimately, I did not include it as there would likely have been some dept members who would have treated it negatively. As if I was wasting my time.

    I could see blogging be treated different ways in the future. One way is for it to be seen as a type of service to the academic community in so far as it helps promote the ideas of the field to the wider audience. Kind of like writing op-ed pieces for newspapers. It also generates publicity for a department. Second, it could be seen as a professional activity, almost like presenting at a conference. It would not be at the same level, of course.

    The first of these is more likely, but as more blog followers get tenured, I see blog participatio as being more welcomed.


    Mike McBride

    July 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm

  4. Business cards and powerpoint presentations seem okay, but not something as formal as a CV.



    July 29, 2009 at 6:28 pm

  5. I suspect that in this, and all “public sociology,” high status people may benefit from including something like blogging in a CV but low-status people will pay a price. If you’re already clearly in the club, doing stuff that stretches its boundaries is cool; if you’re not, the danger is a presumption that you don’t understand the difference between blogging and, as the poll puts it, “serious stuff.”

    That’s my off-the-cuff hypothesis, which comes particularly from many years of witnessing (mostly as an outsider) how some people appear to benefit, and others don’t, from seemingly transgressing norms of professionalism in academic philosophy.



    July 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

  6. Interesting insight Elizabeth. Middle status conformity rears its head.


    Sean Safford

    July 29, 2009 at 8:47 pm

  7. I think Elizabeth is spot on.



    July 30, 2009 at 2:55 am

  8. Well said, Elizabeth. The same is true of conference presentations.


    Dave P.

    July 30, 2009 at 12:22 pm

  9. I teaching at a teaching-first college. I am long tenured and have a chair, so am not likely to be hurt or helped by blogging with the administration.

    Nonetheless, I think that at a teaching-first college, blogging counts as educating. I view my blog as public sociology. I think once you demonstrate that blogs can be a serious intellectual medium, a reasonable Dean will go for it.



    August 1, 2009 at 3:11 am

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