The Kansas Board of Regentsâ€™ revised social media policy grants academic freedom with one hand, and takes it away with the other. It adds the language of the work groupâ€™s model policy, but refuses the work groupâ€™s intent. It retains nearly all of the Boardâ€™s original language that drew such criticism â€” grounds for dismissal still include making statements â€œcontrary to the best interests of the university,â€ or that â€œimpair discipline by superiors or harmony among co-workers,â€ and so on. But now, the policy begins by affirming principles of academic freedom.
Good afternoon.Â Thanks for coming.Â Thanks to Susan Kemper for organizing this, and to KU for hosting. I’m @philnel on Twitter. The Board of Regents is @ksregents. And the hashtag for this conference is #FreeSpeechKS. If you Tweet, feel free to tag us. In case there are any Regents unable to attend, I will periodically
Participating in today’s “Five On the Hour: Stand for Freedom of Speech,” I’m posting the statements I prepared for my two classes. In practice, I ended up improvising. During my first class (English 725: African American Children’s Literature), I realized that I should have started with the connection to the class and then moved out
Based onÂ Lawrence Journal-World reporter Scott Rothschild’s tweets (see below), the Kansas Board of Regents are rejecting the social media work group’s thoughtful revisions to the Board of Regents’ failed social media policy. Â If I understand Mr. Rothschild correctly, they’re going to tack on some language affirming academic freedom to a policy that eviscerates academic freedom.
15 April 2014 Dear Kansas Board of Regents, We write to offer strong support for the joint working group’s revision of the Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy. Â The revised policy is laudable in several ways. First, it recognizes the unique and fundamental duty of public universities to contribute to the discovery, creation, and
“I think a lot of people choose their professions out of fear….. But I’ve found that the opposite is true. If you choose something you love, you can become a master of it.” – Kadir Nelson, Kansas State University, 12 Apr. 2014 As an admirer of Kadir Nelson’s work, I was thrilled to meet him
I have long been wanting to write a general “advice” essay for aspiring academics – recent PhDs, graduate students, anyone pursuing (or considering pursuing) a career in academia. The problem is that my desire to mentor and to encourage always collides with my equally strong desire not to mislead people about how challenging (even bleak)
The reviews are in, and they’re good. The Social Media Policy Workgroup‘s revision to the Kansas Board of Regents’ social media policy has won near-unanimous praise. People are saying things like: “reasonable” –Â Chuck Epp, co-chairman of the Workgroup and Professor of Public Affairs,Â University of Kansas (he is summarizing the response thus far). “entirely appropriate” –Â Susan
This is an open letter to our colleagues at the Regents universities in Kansas (Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medial Center, Wichita State University), but anyone who would like to participate is welcome to do so! Dear Colleagues, As the Kansas