2 Responses to “Public Engagement”: You’re Doing It Wrong

  1. Ali TT says:

    Isn’t the issue here not about padding one’s CV but ensuring that public engagement activities are valued alongside research & teaching in decisions on promotion and appointment of academic staff? If PE doesn’t “count” then someone who spends considerable amount of their time doing engagement at the expense of R&T will see their chances detrimentally affected compared to those who focus only on the later. I know in science in the UK, there is a bit of debate about this.

    There are, however, also pressures from institutions/funders who support PE activities to see “impact” (i.e. value for their money), which tends to need quantification in some way. This is a related but distinct issue to the above, I believe.

    You are right about the snobbery angle though. I apologise for plugging my own post but I recently summed up some thoughts around academic views of blogging http://attheinterface.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/inverting-the-hierarchy-blogging-and-social-media-in-academia/

    There is also an interesting piece on how one blogger was rejected for funding because of his blog
    http://blog.peerj.com/post/84300442958/blog-about-science-kiss-your-grant-proposal-goodbye

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