Category Archives for academia

Evolving Standards and Practices in Tenure and Promotion Reviews

The following is the text of a talk I gave last week at the University of North Texas’s Academic Leadership Workshop. I’m hoping to develop this further, and so would love any thoughts or responses. I’m happy to be here … Continue reading

11 February 2014 by KF
Categories: academia


Tim McCormick posted an extremely interesting followup to my last post. If you haven’t read it, you should. My comment on his post ran a bit out of control, and so I’m reproducing it here, in part so that I … Continue reading

26 January 2013 by KF
Categories: academia, networks, pondering

If You Can’t Say Anything Nice

Folks, we need to have a conversation. About Twitter. And generosity. And public shaming. First let me note that I have been as guilty of what I’m about to describe as anyone. You get irritated by something — something someone … Continue reading

25 January 2013 by KF
Categories: academia, reflecting, twitter


I have come to despise the term “neoliberal,” to the extent that I’d really like to see it stricken from academic vocabularies everywhere. It’s less that I have a problem with the actual critique that the term is meant to … Continue reading

12 December 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, grousing

Moving On

I somewhat inadvertently made a big announcement via Twitter last night, and in so doing, as my friend Julie pointed out, sorta buried the lede. So here’s the story, a bit better presented: Effective the end of this academic year, … Continue reading

28 November 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, work

Advice on Academic Blogging, Tweeting, Whatever

Over the weekend, something hashtagged as #twittergate was making the rounds among the tweeps. I haven’t dug into the full history (though Adeline storyfied it), but the debate has raised questions about a range of forms of conference reporting, and … Continue reading

01 October 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, blogging, twitter

Two Things

One super-depressing (not least for how close to home it hits): Imagine a small, developing country of perhaps 3 million people. Like many other small developing countries, our imaginary nation is rich in natural resources, its economy has prospered on … Continue reading

21 May 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, politics

Open Access at 10

I’m really happy (if mildly tired) to be writing from Budapest, where (like Cameron) I’m honored to participate in a meeting on the tenth anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative. It was this gathering, ten years ago, that gave … Continue reading

14 February 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, publishing

Response to Stanley Fish

I’ve just posted the following response to Stanley Fish’s comments about my book; they should be up once they’re moderated through. In the interim, and for the sake of keeping this comment visible long after it’s drowned in a sea … Continue reading

10 January 2012 by KF
Categories: academia, planned obsolescence

Do the Risky Thing

I’ve got a new column up at the Chronicle this morning. This one’s been in the works for a bit, and I’m really happy to have it out in circulation, and to see it getting some attention both from the … Continue reading

25 September 2011 by KF
Categories: academia, writing

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