Media Pitching for Academics (how to become a source)

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If you are a scholar interested in learning about media pitching for academics, you’re in the right place! This introduction post covers how researchers and scholars can pitch a journalist and/or editor to be a source. The goal here is two-fold: to pitch story ideas (e.g., your published research, your expertise) to targeted members of […]

What is public scholarship?

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What is public scholarship? What does it mean to be a public scholar? Or a publicly engaged scholar? Or to do community engagement? These are valid questions. Thankfully, and for simplicity’s sake, I’ve counted no less than two dozen published definitions and explanations. Just try googling ‘public scholarship’ or ‘public engagement.’ Woof. Public scholarship can […]

So you want to become a public scholar?

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As you ease into your spring semester, take some time to think and reflect on your career goals, especially in relation to the impact your research is (or isn’t) making. A good place to start is checking out our webinar –  So You Want to Become a Public Scholar? If you have ever wondered about… […]

my 2022 reading and inspiration list

books. The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World by Andrew Hoffman is an engaging (couldn’t help myself), thought provoking, inspiring book. what the book lacks in practical advice, it makes up for it with a healthy discussion on the systemic ways in which the academia continues to trip over itself. […]

build your professional brand via social media – part II

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this is a part II of a two part series on building your brand via social media. part I can be accessed here.  social media is one way to develop your professional brand. social media can help build your reputation as a thought leader in your research area. social media’s prevalence in today’s society, along […]

twitter was never ours to begin with.

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i never had a myspace page. i am one of those people who prefers to live by the beat of her own drum, purposefully refusing to conform to trends and crowd behavior. (it is an annoying trait, but i will not be a sheep, damnit!). and boy oh boy the people were on myspace! i […]

twitter for citations

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for the love of twitter! there is a hate / love / hate relationship with twitter and the people who inhabit its corner of the internet. i, for one, think it is one of the best cyber places on earth. sure, twitter is rife with shit and shit people. but when you successfully create your […]

where to begin?

the road to public engagement is fraught with road bumps but also with miles of open, beautiful road. the work is hard, time consuming, and can be thankless. but the reward can be substantial. not financially, of course. though this process could be parlayed into grant writing and consultations, among other things. what i think about, and […]

a catalog of research and inspiration

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i am constantly and consistently doing research and reading about public scholarship as a part of my journey to become more forward facing as well as to guide researchers and scholars on their own unique public scholarship journey. to support the proposition that academics are content curators, i created a curated catalog of information for […]