For Professors, Online Presence Brings Promise (and Peril)

On a recent Sunday in March, Anthea D. Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, tweeted more than 30 times about the Oscars as she watched the awards show from her Philadelphia home.

The same day, Jeff E. Nunokawa, a professor of English at Princeton University, published a short literary essay as a “note” on Facebook—his 5,167th such post on the social-networking site. David Albrecht, an accounting professor at La Sierra University, added several LinkedIn connections that day. Robert R. Cargill, an assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa, blogged about a colleague’s recent work.

As professors bring their scholarship and their personalities online, many people in academe are turning their attention to the issue of digital identity. The question, for many scholars, is no longer whether you simply have a digital identity; now it’s a matter of how, and how well, you manage it.

Several years ago, a common refrain among professors was that the line between the digital and the physical had blurred. Today, some scholars say, that line has all but disappeared. <Read more.>

Via Seth Zweifler, The Chronicle of Higher Education.