Blogs and twitter feeds worth following

Keeping up with what’s happening in higher education will give you a leg up in the job market as well as in your teaching. Great ideas for the classroom and insightful (as well as stupid) reflections on trends in academics are out there for free, in the blogosphere. Twitter is a great way to find out what’s happening in the world of #highered–I follow a lot of good thinkers, so feel free to plunder my Following list. I’m @PaulaKrebs. Matt Reed, who blogs for Inside Higher Ed as @deandad (even though he’s now a VP), brings a national policy perspective, sharp wit, and a warm concern for actual human beings to his Confessions of a Community College Dean. He is always worth reading, for the latest community college news and views. Actually, all the Inside Higher Ed blogs are worth a look-see, from the multiple-authored Mama PhD to College Ready Writing, which highlights the teaching of writing and issues of life off the tenure track, to Grad Hacker, which is currently seeking correspondents (not a bad gig for a grad student) to University of Venus, which highlights the many kinds of experience of women in academe, and many more. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae section is, like Inside Higher Ed, free to access online–you just have to create an account for yourself. Full disclosure: I publish there occasionally myself. The bloggers at Vitae include the adjunct advocate Josh Boldt and David Perlmutter, who writes about career issues. So does Karen Kelsky, The Professor Is In. Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts blogs about her experiences of racism in higher ed, and  Stacey Patton writes the controversial (does snarky = anti-student? Let’s have a twitter fight!) Dear Student column, and there’s room for much more on race and class in these two venues for higher ed blogging. Twitter, on the other hand, has a plethora of astute commentators on racial politics in academe, from @tressiemcphd to @lianamsilva to @profKori to @leftofblack, @alondra and many more. Don’t get your head trapped in one institution or one department. Keep an eye on the big picture, and you’ll be able to offer your students and your future position, more than the average job-seeker.

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