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Published: 2012-01-04T11:41:16-05:00


Current thinking on blogging and tenure


This morning's reading brought an interesting discussion of the possible ways that blogging could be evaluated as part of a tenure process, viaBud Goodall. The article Bud cites refers to the primary source Thoughts on Blogging for Tenure and is an excellent discussion of the issue that continue to surround blogging as an academic and knowledge dissemination activity.

Here’s what I would hope would happen for reviews of candidates with a blog or other digital work as part of their dossier (and this is how I’d mentor my junior colleagues or evaluate such dossiers as an internal or external reviewer): the candidate needs to make the contexts of their digital work incredibly clear, explaining the relationship between this mode of publication to other forms, in terms of audience, subsequent versions, parameters for review, goals for why they pursue such forms, etc. If there is a peer review aspect, the candidate needs to clarify exactly how that works and how evaluators might understand the review functions – that might be explaining that it’s a traditional blind review journal published online, an open-review site like MediaCommons, or a self-hosted comment thread like on a blog. The more clarity of context that the candidate can bring to their own work, the better, as we should assume that a candidate understands their own publishing platforms better than a review committee or external reviewers – and I think this is a way that junior faculty can educate more senior faculty & administrators as to why digital publishing can be a scholarly asset.

For review committees or external letter writers, it is essential to try to understand the context for every item in a dossier as presented by the candidate. Ideally, we would approach new formats with an open mind, not trying to apply the standards of older forms onto new platforms (unless we’re invited to by the candidate). We should try to evaluate the content of every piece regardless of its publication or review status, and then try to understand the contexts that provide some evidence of its value to the field. When review material like open-review discussions or comment threads are available, we should read them as well, in the context of the platform as framed by the candidate. We cannot rely on outsourcing evaluation to unseen blind reviewers and assuming that if a university press or established print journal has published something, its value is assured—nor should we assume the opposite, that the lack of traditional review & publication is evidence of lacking value. And when a candidate does embrace digital publishing, we should make the case for its value—to quote one review I did for a candidate who maintains a blog: “I believe his blog has helped him establish a solid reputation within media studies as an emerging scholar. While self-published commentary is not “tenurable” work per se, I do believe it is part a broader part of a scholar’s commitment to disseminating knowledge and promoting critical engagement with culture, and as such should be commended and encouraged.

Resuscitating the old blog


(image) The New Year is just past as are the annual days of reflection. I don't do resolutions any more...they never worked for me. In truth the only tool that ever worked to get me to change a habit is a 30-day commitment to changing it...then I reevaluate at the end of the period.

So welcome to my month long commitment to blogging. For the next month I commit to blogging at least three times a week - hopefully more - and then we will see where we are at the end of the month.

A touch of academic humor (Sample Cover Letter for Journal Manuscript Resubmissions)


(image) This piece has been making the rounds online, probably for far longer than I am aware as is the nature of such things. I can't help but pass it on as it just makes me smile. What can I say I'm human, and have--of course--wanted to say similar things to some of the reviews of my own work...then I got a good nights sleep and realized you can't force the clueless to be clued. *w* SO laugh along with me by checking out Sample Cover Letter for Journal Manuscript Resubmissions.

Qualifying is scheduled, then on to the fun stuff


Lois Ann Scheidt, SLIS doctoral student, will defend her qualifying paper on:

Thursday, May 7, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Radio and Television Building, Rm. 180

Title: Diary Weblogs as Genre


The word weblog (blog) has been a term of art, rather than of precision, since it was first used in 1997. More recently, scholars have characterized the weblog as a new genre of communication, based on the instrumentality/affordances of blogging software and the themes found in weblog posts (Miller & Shepherd, 2004). The personal journal or diary weblog, a subgenre of weblogs, can be seen as an adaption of its paper diary predecessors. That is, it is usually written by a single author (Fothergill, 1974) using first person narrative (McNeill, 2003), and it tells a fragmentary (Hogan, 1991) episodic story (Walker, 2005), which continues until the author makes no more entries (Bunkers, 2001). Diary weblogs are, in short, in-process documents (Culley, 1985).

Weblogs are of scholarly interest for several reasons. First, they combine the characteristics of their paper predecessors--diaries, broadsheets, commonplace books, photo albums, essays, etc.--with the hypertextual characteristics of the web (Crowston & Williams, 2000), including hyperlinks and persistent location. These characteristics, along with the public nature of weblogs (Lasica, 2001) and the transmutable nature of online text (Yates & Sumner, 1997), transcend the paper format and expand it into new structures. The purpose of this literature review is to explore how researchers have constructed the genre and subgenres of single-author diary weblogs within their research and to situate these forms in relation to established genres of paper diaries.

Personal narration is a common use of multimedia, as well as textual, weblog formats. By including and discussing multimedia blogs under the rubric of diary weblogs, this paper provides a broad classification and synthesis of the full range of diary blogging technologies currently in use. Following the literature review, the methodologies used most commonly in diary weblog research are discussed and critiqued; ethical issues associated with researching diary blogs are raised; and questions are articulated for future research.

A digital version of the paper (570KB, PDF) is available here: Diary Weblogs as Genre.

~~Advisory committee~~~

Chair: Susan Herring, Professor of Information Science
Member: John Paolillo, Associate Professor of Information Science and Informatics Minor representative: Gary Ingersoll, Emeritus Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology and Pediatrics
Member: Norman Denzin, Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, Cinema Studies, and Criticism and Interpretive Theory (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Member: Eric Peterson, Professor of Communication and Journalism (University of Maine)

Grad Students do have a higher insidence of depression than does the general public


Today's Chronicle has a must read article for every grad student, those who advise them, and those who love them--the article has some shocking stats but only in that the numbers are as high as many of us would think. Check out Grad-School Blues or read the extended entry for the full article.

Significant Collection of African-American Newspapers to Soon be Available Online


This fall 270 African-American newspapers published in thirty-six states between 1827 and 1998 will be released in an online newspaper collection from Readex.

The collection is being created from the newspaper archives in the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Kansas State Historical Society, and the Library of Congress. Selections were guided by James Danky, editor of African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography.

Beginning with Freedom's Journal, the first African-American newspaper published in the United States, the titles include the Colored Citizen (KS), the Arkansas State Press, the Rights of All (NY), the Wisconsin Afro-American, the New York Age, L'Union (LA), the Northern Star, the Freeman's Advocate (NY), the Richmond Planet, the Cleveland Gazette, The Appeal (MN), and hundreds of others from every region of the United States.

From The Biographer's Craft Newsletter

CFP - Language in the (New) Media: Technologies and Ideologies


International Conference Language in the (New) Media: Technologies and Ideologies Thursday 03 to Sunday 06 September 2009 University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA Interactive announcement (with links): **Keynote speakers** . Naomi Baron, American University, USA . Sally Johnson, University of Leeds, England . Jannis Androutsopoulos, Kings College London, England . Theo van Leeuwen, University of Technology Sydney, Australia **Background** This is the third in a series of conferences organized around the role of the media in relation to the representation, construction and/or production of language. The first two conferences were held at Leeds University, England: in 2005, "Language in the Media: Representations, Identities, Ideologies" and, in 2007, "Language Ideologies and Media Discourse: Texts, Practices, Policies". In 2009, the conference will be leaving Leeds and coming to Seattle. **Conference theme** We invite you to submit abstracts for papers which explore the representation, construction and/or production of language through the technologies and ideologies of new media - the digital discourse of blogs, wikis, texting, instant messaging, internet art, video games, virtual worlds, websites, emails, podcasting, hypertext fiction, graphical user interfaces, and so on. Of equal interest are the ways that new media language is metalinguistically represented, constructed and/or produced in print and broadcast media such as newspapers and television.. With this new media theme in mind, the 2009 conference will continue to prioritize papers which address the scope of the AILA Research Network on "Language in the Media" by examining the following types of contexts/issues: . standard languages and language standards; . literacy policy and literacy practices; . language acquisition; . multilingualism and cross-/inter-cultural communication; . language and communication in professional contexts; . language & class, dis/ability, race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality and age; . media representations of speech, thought and writing; . language and education; . political discourse; . language, commerce and global capitalism. **Abstract submission** Please submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes plus 10 for discussion) by email to no later than Thursday 26 February 2009. Abstracts should include a title, your contact details (name, mailing address, email) and a description of your paper (250 -350 words). The conference committee will begin reviewing abstract submissions immediately after the deadline; notification of acceptance will be Thursday 19 March. (Please send your abstract as a Word document or in the body of your email.) **Program and registration** In order to help your early planning for the conference, we have already finalized the basic program structure for the conference a copy of which can be downloaded from the conference webpage (see above). This outline shows the start and finish times of the conference, the main social events (reception, BBQ and conference dinner), as well as lunches and coffee breaks. The conference planning committee is also arranging an optional program of tours and activities for Sunday 06 September. A business meeting for the AILA Network will also be scheduled for the Sunday morning. Official conference registration will begin on Thursday 19 March, with early registration ending Thursday 21 May. The final deadline for presenter registration will be Thursday 23 July in order to be included in the final program. Registrations after 23 July will be charged an additional late registration fee of $25.00. **Conference registration** The Language in the (New) Media conference is planned as a not-for profit event. Your registration fee will cover the main operating expenses as well as scheduled buffet-style lunches, coffee breaks, the conference dinner, a[...]

CFP - International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009)


The Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (QI2009) has extended its deadline and is taking submissions online until 15 January 2009. The theme of the 2009 Congress is "Advancing Human Rights Through Qualitative Research."

Please visit the link below for more information or to submit a paper and/or

CFP - Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2009)


3rd Workshop on Social Aspects of the Web (SAW 2009) in conjunction with 12th International Conference on Business Information Systems (BIS 2009) Poznan, Poland April 27, 28 or 29, 2009 ============ Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2009 ============ In recent years, the Web has moved from a simple one-way communication channel, extending traditional media, to a complex "peer-to-peer" communication space with a blurred author/audience distinction and new ways to create, share, and use knowledge in a social way. This change of paradigm is currently profoundly transforming most areas of our life: our interactions with other people, our relationships, ways of gathering information, ways of developing social norms, opinions, attitudes and even legal aspects, as well as ways of working and doing business. The change also raises a strong need for theoretical, empirical and applied studies related to how people may interact on the Web, how they actually do so, and what new possibilities and challenges are emerging in the social, business and technology dimensions. Following the two previous events, the goal of the 3rd Workshop is to bring researchers and practitioners together to explore the issues and challenges related to social aspects of the Web. TOPICS OF INTEREST * People on the social Web * Individuals on the Web (identity, privacy, incentives, activity models, trust and reputation, ...) * Communities on the Web (roles, leadership, social norms and conflicts, types of communities, ...) * Collaboration on the Web (content and data development and maintenance, decision taking ...) * On-line and off-line life (mixed interaction models, on-line vs. off-line communities, ... ) * Business activities in the social Web (sales, exchanges, word-of-mouth, recruiting, marketing, ...) * Data and content on the social Web * Social content organization (tagging, classification, recommendations, collaborative filtering, ...) * Content dynamics (content flow and evolution, mashups, comments, collaborative creation, ...) * Semantic social Web (standards, annotation of social content/data, ontology learning, ...) * Data and social network portability (standards, policies, technologies, licenses, ...) * Social software and services * Specific types of social software (social networks, blogs, wikis, resources sharing, ...) * Development (architectures, technologies, platforms, infrastructures, ...) * Adoption (critical mass problem, socio-technical gap, data and social network migration, ...) * Alternative user interaction models (games, mobile, mixed reality, ...) * Social software in the enterprise (knowledge management, CRM, collaborative software, ...) * Business models of social services (pricing, cost models, customer relation, content acquisition, ...) * Mining the social Web * Mining user-generated content (opinion, comments, rankings, forums, ...) * Mining the social graph (collaborative filtering, social network analysis, ...) * Mining activity patterns (access, used features, participation, interactions, ...) * Entity-centric content integration (on people, experts, objects, companies, locations, ...) * Social Web mining in business (for marketing, products design, customer support, ...) SUBMISSION * Long papers: max. 12 pages * Work-in-progress reports: max. 6 pages * Demo papers: max. 4 pages Papers must be submitted in PDF format according to Springer LNBIP template available from Submission system is available at Papers approved for presentation at SAW 2009 will be published in BIS 2009 workshop proceedings, as a volume in Springer's Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP) series. WORK[...]

OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009


I am delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for the OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, to be hosted this year by our partners at the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. OII SDP2009: Brisbane (6-17 July, 2009) The programme aims to stretch the thinking of all students on a range of issues, to provide valuable advice and support for students' thesis research, and to establish a peer network of excellent young researchers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the thematic focus this year will be on 'Creativity, Innovation and the Internet': our partners on the SDP since 2003, the Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy, applied creative industries research, digital media design, and the creative and performing arts. As in previous years, the programme will involve daily research seminars and panel sessions given by leading academics, with students having the opportunity to present their research to their peers in informal seminars. Break-out sessions will allow groups to focus more narrowly on research questions of mutual interest, and time is made available for individual research and informal contact with tutors and fellow students. Student feedback on the Summer Doctoral has always been overwhelmingly positive, and the SDP2009 promises to be yet another excellent year in this series. I hope you will consider applying, encourage your students to apply, or forward this email to people who may be interested! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any queries. 1. SDP2009: Apply / Deadline 2. Candidates: What are we looking for? 3. Background: the OII Summer Doctoral Programme 4. Fees / Scholarships / Partners 5. Contact / Keep in Touch -------------------------------------------------- 1. SDP2009: Apply / Deadline -------------------------------------------------- The SDP2009 Application Form is available on the website. The application process will close at 17:00 GMT on Monday 16 February 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2009. Apply for the SDP2009: All applications must be supported by one or more of the students' current doctoral supervisors (references will be requested). All teaching will be in English, so all applicants should be able to demonstrate their competence in this language. -------------------------------------------------- 2. Candidates: What are we looking for? -------------------------------------------------- Up to 30 places are available and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to students at an advanced stage of their doctorate who have embarked on writing their thesis. Like the course tutors, our SDP students come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds: computer science, sociology, law, etc. Whatever the background, the programme aims to facilitate deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and to help students frame their research questions and direct their research. As in other years, the SDP2009 will seek to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds on issues relating to the broad theme of creativity and innovation with a view to improving each student's doctoral thesis and identifying topics for future collaborative research. With these aims in mind, we are particularly keen to attract the most promising students who are prepared to engage with different disciplines, backgrounds and viewpoints. Past student biographies, tutor lists and programmes:[...]

Award - DGOF "Best Research Thesis Award"


DGOF prize "Best Research Thesis Award"

The German Society for Online Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Onlineforschung, DGOF) announces its Best Research Thesis Award in the field of Internet Research. The prize has a value of 3000,- Euros. It will be given to students who have finished a thesis (Bachelor/Master/Ph.D.) in 2007 or 2008. The submission deadline is: December 31, 2008.

Submissions in English or German language must include an electronic version (word or pdf) of the thesis plus an additional English language extended abstract (600-1000 words) that summarizes the analyzed question, the used methods, the most important findings, and its relationship to relevant existing theories and earlier findings. The thesis must be written in 2008 or 2007. At the time the thesis was submitted all authors must have been graduate or postgraduate students only. Works by post-docs are not eligible for submission. The thesis may have multiple student authors.

Evaluation Criteria
The prize will be given to the author(s) of a thesis that provides an exceptional analysis of a specific issue in the area of internet research.

The analysis should focus on aspects of

* social, organizational, or psychological consequences or aspects of mobile or online communication (Web 2.0, social networking, online communities, E-Health, digital inequality, etc). and/or
* method research (web surveys, online experiments, mobile surveys, multi-mode data collection, statistical biases, innovative forms of data collection, etc).

All applications will be evaluated by a jury of experts in the area of internet research on basis of the following criteria, if applicable.

* innovativeness of the findings
* theoretical foundation
* adequacy of the chosen research design and, if applicable, the empirical foundation
* clarity of the presentation.

The Award

The author(s) will be given the opportunity to present the findings at the General Online Research Conference 2009 (see and to publish the work. 1300,- Euros of the prize will go directly to the applicant(s)
who are selected as winners by the expert evaluators. Additional 1700,-Euros will be provided for publication in the book series "Neue Schriften zur Online-Forschung" and, if necessary, English language translation of a
short manuscript that presents selected findings of the thesis for submission as an article to the International Journal of Internet Science

Applicants have to submit an electronic copy of their thesis, including the extended abstract and a copy of the received grade (if available) online at the GOR 09 Conftool: Email submissions are excluded. Authors of empirical as well as theoretical contributions that score high on the evaluation criteria are encouraged to submit their work. More information is available at and via

Submission via GOR09 Conftool at Please create an account ("Register new"), then submit your thesis. Please follow this scheme: "Your submissions" and after that please choose "DGOF prize "Best Research
Thesis Award"".

CFP - Dating & Philosophy


Dating & Philosophy Kristie Miller Department of Philosophy University of Sydney Marlene Clark Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences The City College of New York We seek titles and abstracts for a new volume in the Wiley-Blackwell series Philosophy for Everyone, under the general editorship of Fritz Allhoff. As with previous titles now subsumed under the series—Wine & Philosophy, Beer & Philosophy, Food & Philosophy, and Running & Philosophy—Dating & Philosophy will integrate the insights of philosophers and interdisciplinary academics such as sociologists, psychologists, computer scientists and biologists in order to explore the philosophical, societal, psychological, digital, and biological implications of dating. The abstracts and resulting selected papers should be written for an educated, but non-specialized, audience. Dating is a fraught endeavor that we all have engaged in at some point, and something that some of us are rather better at than others. Countless philosophical questions are raised by the perfectly general question, “How should we date?” Suggestions include, but are not limited to, papers that consider the ethical aspects of dating, and papers that consider the prudential aspects of dating. Papers that consider both are especially welcome. The Ethical Aspects of Dating Truth telling in dating: To what extent and under what circumstances should we tell a date the truth about ourselves? Is it permissible to date multiple people simultaneously, and if so, under what circumstances and for how long? Sex and dating: Does the third date rule really apply? Age and dating: At what age is it permissible to start dating? How great an age difference can there be between people who are dating? Do substantial age differences in dating couples point to ethical considerations? If so, what are they? If not, why not? Dating and not dating: When is it “a date” and when is it not? Does it matter? How long should a couple date before either moving forward or splitting up? At what point, and under what circumstances is someone being strung along? Dating and friends: Is it possible to transform a friendship into dating, or does each require totally different skill sets? Is it permissible to date your best friend’s ex? Dating, family and society: When dating, does family approval matter? Essays considering the complexities of interracial dating, cross-cultural dating and socially disavowed dating are welcome. Internet dating: Does a “virtual” first meeting change the ethics of subsequent dates? Are the “truth” issues related to Internet dating the same as those stemming from face-to-face encounters? Also of interest are essays describing a purely virtual dating relationship, one in which the daters never actually meet. No longer dating: How is it best to end a dating relationship? Does an email or text message suffice? What are the ethical or psychological ramifications of dumping or being dumped? The Prudential Aspects of Dating Dating and evolution: Do the hormonal changes that occur early in dating lead to rational or irrational choices in partner selection? What role do pheromones play in partner selection, if any? What are the biological implications of daters “selecting”—or ruling out--potential partners due to height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.? Is someone who can pay for dinner going to be a better provider than someone who cannot? What sorts of unconscious processes lead us to choose this person rather than that? Effective dating: Is it possible to maximize one’s chances of good mate selection? Is it possible to learn how to maximize one’s chances of good mate selection thanks to the lessons of poor mate selection? In other words, so we learn fro[...]

Award - Yale Information Society Project Fellowships for 2009-2010


The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is seeking applicants for 2009-2010 postdoctoral fellowships. The ISP resident fellowships are designed for recent graduates of law or Ph.D. programs who are interested in careers in teaching and public service in any of the following areas: law and innovation; Internet and telecommunications law and policy; intellectual property law; access to knowledge; first amendment law; media studies; privacy; civil liberties online; cybercrime and cybersecurity; social software; standards and technology policy; bioethics, biotechnology, and law and genomics; and law, technology, and culture generally.

Information about applying is available at the ISP web site at: Applications for 2009-10 ISP fellowships must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1, 2009.



The University of California Transliteracies Project and UC Santa Barbara Social Computing Group announce the "Social Computing in 2020" Bluesky Innovation Competition." What will social computing technologies and practices be like in the year 2020?

* ELIGIBLE: Undergraduate or graduate students anywhere in the world.

* AWARDS: 1st prize, $3000 USD; 2nd prize, $1000, 3rd prize, $500.

* SUBMISSION FORMAT: Description of an idea + Imaginative realization, embodiment, or illustration of the idea in a variety of possible formats (e.g., an essay, story, script, application sketch, fictional business plan, etc.).

* DEADLINE: January 30, 2009.

* FULL COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Guidelines & Submission Details

Students from any discipline--humanities, arts, social sciences, computer science, engineering, etc.--are encouraged to apply. The competition emphasizes visionary, thoughtful, or critical concepts rather than technical knowledge as such.

For more information, see the full competition announcement (

Inquiries may be directed by email to



UCSB Social Computing Group ( (A working group in the UC Transliteracies Project:

* Kevin Almeroth - Department of Computer Science; Associate Dean for Advancement and Planning, College of Engineering.
* Jennifer Earl - Department of Sociology; Director, Center for Information Technology & Society.
* Andrew Flanagin - Department of Communication; Co-director, Credibility and Digital Media@UCSB Project.
* James Frew - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management.
* Alan Liu - Chair, Department of English; Director, UC Transliteracies Project.
* Miriam Metzger - Department of Communication; Co-director, Credibility and Digital Media@UCSB Project.

(With assistance from the UCSB Graduate Student Social Computing "Bluesky" Group.)

Award - Eben Tisdale Fellowship


The Eben Tisdale Fellowship, which includes a $5,000 grant, is a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students where the high-tech sector meets the government. The program offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C. Tisdale Fellowships are open to students from colleges and universities all over the country.

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which includes one $5,000 grant for one student each year, is part of the Tisdale Fellowship program.

Any student, undergraduate or graduate, who is interested in diversity and ethics issues, and in learning about high-tech public policy issues, can apply for this Fellowship.

The application for both of these Fellowships is the same, except that those applying for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship should include an additional essay on diversity and ethics.

The Fellowship has two main elements:

(1) Internship: Fellows do an eight-week internship in the government relations office of a leading high technology company or association.

In the recent past, fellows have interned at such companies as Agilent Technologies, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics and Infotech Strategies as well as associations such as the Business Software Alliance.

2) Issues Seminar: The issues seminar is a weekly lunch hosted by the different sponsoring companies and associations. Expert speakers lead discussions of current public policy issues in Washington, and the methods the high technology industry uses for effective advocacy.

The Summer 2009 Fellowship runs from June 15th – August 7th, 2009. The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Students may find more information and apply at

Questions? Contact Jonathan Tilley at