Too Much Information?

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Oct 11, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The author highlights two professors who were denied tenure at Chicago, and while careful not to link their blogs and their denial, writes a story about it. "Asked if their blogs hurt their tenure bids, Carroll and Drezner answer in nearly identical ways: They are certain that their tenure chances weren’t improved by having a blog, and while their chances might have been hurt, they don’t have any certainty about that." Which to me points to the real problem - the secrecy in which such decisions are made. If the tenure committee had some misconceptions or some prejudices about blogging - or, for that matter, any other activity - then it would make a lot more sense to get these out into the open to be addressed, either by the applicant, through modified behaviour, or by the committee, though modified judgement. Depending instead on rumour and hearsay seems, well, such a non-academic way to go.
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