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Kristine Blair

Kristine Blair



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It’s time for colleges and universities to catch up with the digital age in terms of sharing scholarship and rewarding faculty for publishing in other venues besides traditional print, says Dr. Kristine Blair, chair of the English department and the editor of an online journal.

As the next speaker in the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Series, Blair will make the case for transformation in both the accessing and dissemination of scholarship in “Twittering Our Way toward Tenure?: The Politics of Scholarly Communication in a Digital Age” at 4 p.m. Wednesday (March 31) in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception will follow.

In this “open-source, multimodal era of Web 2.0,” Blair asserts, it is unreasonable for higher education institutions to cling to reward and incentive structures that favor print models of scholarly production, especially when these same institutions are relying heavily on a range of technologies to recruit and retain students. Blair calls for the training of current and future faculty to produce, distribute and showcase scholarship in such genres as digital dissertations and electronic portfolios.


 
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March 29, 2010

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