Campus Carry, Civic Conversations, and Public Intellectuals

It is my expert opinion as a Christian who has lived through three mostly disastrous decades of Christian engagement with politics that we do not best convert people through political issues when we seek to pronounce the Christian position on it, when we use politics as medium for the gospel. Second, it is my opinion as an emerging scholar in rhetoric that my field speaks to all people and also has deep ties to Christianity. And as a “public scholar” I note those two facts while urging a collective, democratic approach to issues at hand.Read more…

The Job Search, Part 2: The Interview Process

You have written a good letter—so good in fact that now you have some interviews scheduled. These could range from a phone call to some form of video conference. As you will learn, this means you are now in a group of roughly 15-20 people, down from the mammoth pool of 100-200 who applied. You may never have thought that Anonymous U or Nowhere U would call for an interview. And yet, here you are. Read more…

Review: Mapping Your Academic Career, by Dr. Gary Burge

Based on the reviews on the back cover, this book is already striking chords with many faculty at all stages of their career. It also should be required reading for those in professional development programs, administrators, and organizations like Emerging Scholars that work with faculty. Dr. Burge highlights a lacuna in faculty development and gives some frame for those stakeholders to engage faculty in their midst.Read more…