Wednesday Lunch Talk - Bridging the Divide Between Academia and the Rest of the World: Using Social Media, Popular Press, Twitter, and Other Avenues to Inform Policy and Practice

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Noon - 1pm
Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase 215

In the current educational reform context, it is more important than ever for the worlds of research, practice, and policy to inform each other.  Higher education institutions and the tenure process of faculty, however, are oriented toward publishing research in more traditional, academic outlets.  In spite of this, many faculty are finding ways to contribute to mainstream publications and outlets through social media, our internal communications connections, and other strategies.  The presenters will talk about their motivations for giving public testimony before governmental panels, writing blogs or tweeting about research findings, using Academia and Linked In to share research or connect with policymakers or practitioners, and writing opinion pieces for popular media.  They will also discuss the lessons learned from involvement in these non-academic outlets and the ways that these efforts have better informed their own research. 

Panel facilitated by Kara Finnigan, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, with Ed Brockenbrough, Assistant Professor, Teaching and Curriculum; Bonnie Rubenstein, Associate Professor, Counseling and Human Development; and Kevin Meuwissen, Assistant Professor, Teaching and Curriculum. 


Light lunch served starting at 11:45am.




Tags: Bonnie Rubenstein, Ed Brockenbrough, Kara Finnigan, Kevin Meuwissen, Wednesday Lunch Hour



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