The blogosphere has been up in arms recently about Ivan Tribble’s column in the Chronicle of Higher-Ed “advising job applicants not to blog”:http://chronicle.com/jobs/2005/07/2005070801c.htm. Entitled “Bloggers Need Not Apply” Tribble’s piece was quickly cut into very small pieces by the academic blogosphere in an episode that demonstrated true power of peer review at the same time that it underscored the way the hiring process has a chilling effect on speech.
Now the Chronicle is, believe it or not, looking for columnists to document their job search. The ad I got via email reads:
The Chronicle’s Careers section is looking for graduate students, faculty members, and administrators who will be on the job market in the 2005-6 academic year and would be interested in keeping a diary of their job search. Since 1998, we’ve featured the job-market stories of academics in a variety of disciplines. They’ve written regular, first-person accounts throughout the year of their attempts to find a faculty or administrative job in academe, and in a few cases, a nonacademic job… If you have a flair for writing, here’s an opportunity to use it and get paid. We select about 10 diarists a year; each writes three to four columns over the course of the year about his or her job search. Besides doctoral students and Ph.D.’s who are looking for their first tenure-track job, we welcome submissions from other academics who plan to spend this year hunting for a new position, including adjunct faculty members, professors already tenured or on the tenure track, and administrators. If you are part of a dual-career academic couple, you are welcome to write a diary together.
The Chron has been running these diaries for the better part of a decade, of course. But the irony of advertising for people to blog their job search immediately after running a column about what a bad idea it is truly amazes me. Unless, of course, a column is ok but a blog is not. In which case I’m going to rename my personal blog ‘Golucolumn’.