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  1. Dec 2018
    1. For many years, academia has relied on citation count as the main way in which we measure impact or importance of research. As a result, citation count is one of the primary metrics used when evaluating researchers. Citation counts also form the basis for other metrics, most notably Clarivate’s Impact Factor as well as the h-index, which respectively evaluate journal quality/prestige and researcher renown.

      The metrics the Academy uses to measure "impact" are regressive.

  2. Dec 2017
    1. science has really discovered spirituality, because — at least, I define “spirituality” from — the word “spirituality,” comes from “spiritus” that means “life,” “breath,” “aliveness.” Spirituality is aliveness on all levels. It must start with our bodily aliveness.

      Spirituality is aliveness.

  3. Oct 2017
  4. Sep 2017
    1. Whoever considers the nature of our government, with discernment, will see, that tho obstacles and delays will frequently stand in the way of the adoption of good measures, yet when once adopted, they are likely to be stable and permanent: It will be far more difficult to undo than to do.

      This is rather an apt quotation given the ongoing discussion of the ACA.

  5. May 2017
    1. Experiment with different and new models of peer review, particularly those that increase transparency

      We are doing this with the Public Philosophy Journal. Specifically, we are moving from evaluative review to formative review.

    1. Yet, when it comes to academic difference, an ethics of hospitality, interest and pleasure in the other all too often seep away, replaced by a drive for ‘robust’ combat between competing academic paradigms and traditions.

      The metaphor of combat is almost always counterproductive when it comes to dialogue and specifically scholarly communication. We need to cure ourselves of this framework if we are going to have any hope of cultivating a culture of hospitality.

    2. Academic writing doesn’t necessarily aspire to represent what is, as if the material world can be imitated point for point in thought, but to create.

      Yes, public writing creates publics. Of course, academic writing has for too long been satisfied to create publics largely limited to other academics. The Public Philosophy Journal attempts to create broader publics.

    3. But what often gets omitted in thinking about academic conversation is how to converse in a way that enables – even better, stimulates and encourages – unfamiliar others to participate.

      What sorts of writing stimulates and encourages those unfamiliar to participate?

    4. Getting older, I feel more strongly that writing should make contact – a more active relationship than simply being accessible. Teaching first year PhD students, I ask them to think about academic work as entering a conversation.

      This captures the spirit of the idea of accessibility for the Public Philosophy Journal.

    1. But what often gets omitted in thinking about academic conversation is how to converse in a way that enables – even better, stimulates and encourages – unfamiliar others to participate.

      Yes, this is at the heart of the Public Philosophy Journal mission.

    2. Teaching first year PhD students, I ask them to think about academic work as entering a conversation.

      This is a good way to frame the issue of making writing accessible.

    1. The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us that nettle us, or that we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.

      Perhaps this helps us understand what Eryximachus says to Aristophanes in the Symposium about his comedy focing Eryximachus to be on guard against Aristophanes's speech (189a8-10).

  6. Mar 2017
    1. Campus IT organizations must be educational organizations - in that technology is now inseparably linked to the core teaching and knowledge creation missions of higher education.

      Are we educating the next generation of IT leaders as educators? Are we educating the next generation of faculty to be IT leaders?

  7. Feb 2017
    1. It’s something like a neutral idea or expectation that you could, or should, be better than you are—and that naturally you want to be better than you are, and will spend some effort to become capable of growing—and that every worthy person does.

      The aspirational idea of the public.

  8. Nov 2016
    1. The liberal arts teach us to act toward others with humility and respect because we recognize there are multiple ways to look at the world. 

      I could not agree more, but we also need to think about how precisely our curriculum is cultivating habits of respect, empathy, and humility. What specific courses facilitate these virtues, what sorts of assignments ensure they are practiced?

    2. the liberal arts build empathy and compassion, the very foundations of democracy

      This is exactly right. I've been thematizing it in terms of "ethical imagination."

    1. the initiative

      The College of Arts & Letters is home to the Digital Humanities program, which includes an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate. Rather than establishing Critical Diversity in a Digital Age as an independent initiative, we might perhaps better understand it as the very method through in which we practice digital humanities at MSU.

      If DH@MSU is animated by a critical diversity approach, we will develop a curriculum that refines our focus on critical diversity in a digital age.

      By focusing on diversifying the DH curriculum, we should be able to attract a more diverse group of strong undergraduates and to recruit a cohort of innovative faculty and graduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

    2. As we develop the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, we invite annotations and comments here on Hypothes.is.

      Please use the #MSUCDDA tag to help us curate engagement with the initiative here on Hypothes.is.

  9. Oct 2016
    1. Such a framing can move our perception of writing problems from a model of deficiency to one of professional development, helping writing support to gain institutional traction.

      Shifting from a model of deficiency to profession development is vital to cultivating a more nutritive approach to scholarship.

    1. Hypothes.is seems to provide the perfect starting point for a discussion on the positive potential for developing a de-centralised architecture for collaborative research

      It seems wise for us to use Hypothesis to cultivate discussion here on this initiative.

    2. brainstorming and pre-planning for the development of an economically viable and sustainable alternative to for-profit research-sharing social platforms such as Academia.edu, ResearchGate, and Mendeley.

      How will this differ from or interact with @kfitz's Humanities Commons

  10. Jul 2014
    1. legal and financial skills

      Legal and financial skills will be central to the success of university presses.

    2. Monographs will be written as long as they remain the sine qua non for promotion and tenure; but they’ll be accessed in discrete units/chapters and will be linked to and integrated with other content, and will include new forms of media.

      Is it only the tenure process that maintains the monograph? Perhaps there are also good academic reasons to maintain the genre - development of the nuances of an issue, depth of understanding a problem, etc.

    3. If groups such as the Digital Library of America, the Hathi Trust, and the Internet Archive move beyond chiefly preserving public domain material, they may have an impact.

      This is an important role for such institutions to play: ensure wide distribution of humanities content.

    4. Information may still be “controlled” and will not always be free, but the trend toward more widely available scholarly information outside the confines of a traditional research library—the democratization of information that began with the advent of the Internet age—will increase.

      Information will increasingly be free.

    5. Almost all presses increasingly rely upon technology to manage the overarching process; this requires skilled information technologists who know not only technology but how publishing works. And besides wanting the usual, mandatory qualities in a colleague—integrity, accuracy, excellent communication skills, attention to detail, adaptability, collegiality—presses need staff who recognize the ever-changing environment and who are themselves willing to adapt.

      These are the sorts of skills we need to cultivate with the apprenticeship program.

    6. Books have an aesthetic above and beyond what’s between the boards.

      The aesthetic dimension of the book is vital.

    7. Second, whereas the physical format of a printed journal was not essentially itself a conveyor of meaning, that is not always the case with a book.

      The materiality of a book differs from that of a journal article.

    8. I say “book” not “print” because I am interested in both print and digital (ebook) publishing. Whereas journals have transitioned more successfully to a digital world, much of scholarly book publishing remains in limbo.

      This is an important distinction: "book" might be digital or print.

    9. Apart from a few formal “Publishing Courses” and a handful of schools offering courses in publishing, the industry has typically been more of an apprentice-based enterprise than a professionally accredited one.

      The PPJ's proposed graduate public publishing apprenticeship program fits well here.

  11. Jun 2014
    1. And learning how to be happy in your work is maybe the most important—and most neglected—part of graduate education.

      This insight, good though it is, rests on the assumption that we faculty know and can teach how to be happy in our work.

    1. The philosophy faculty is comprised of scholars who are free to pursue and to teach what we now consider to be the arts and sciences in a critical fashion, without interference from the other faculties and from the government.

      This suggests too, however, that being a member of the philosophy faculty was in an important way a political designation.

    2. freedom from government-sanctioned doctrinal constraints; and freedom to pursue the truth wherever it might lead in making a contribution to the world of learning.

      Important to emphasize here the positive and negative side of this freedom.

    3. It is the common thread that continues to run through them and that enables us to relate them to one another within a maximally broad conversation that is open to all, but is not (or, at least, as I see it, should not be) dominated by any one

      Of course, this does give philosophy a privileged position with respect to the other arts and sciences. But I suppose the idea is that philosophy is not just another one among many disciplines, but the thread that connects them all.