HIGHER ED FACULTY

Let’s Talk About Twitter

May 20, 2015 / Phil Lesch

Inside Higher Ed
May 20th, 2015

Dear Kerry Ann,

This year has been full of stories about engaged scholars being targeted for their social media activity. I’m active on Twitter, but as a tenure-track faculty member (I’m just finishing my first year), a scholar of color and a researcher who studies racial inequalities, the cumulative impact of these stories is scaring me and I’m not sure what the takeaway is for me as an individual faculty member. One of my mentors suggested I delete my Twitter account until my tenure decision, but that seems a bit extreme. I want to do research that matters, I want to win tenure at my current university and I can’t imagine not being engaged with a broader audience on social media. But right now I just feel deeply unsettled.

Sincerely,

Confused on the Tenure Track

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