Tenured academics has worked a great scam. They’ve managed to monetize peoples’ affection for regional football teams, and their desire for a work credential, and then somehow diverted that money into paying academics to work on whatever they want, for the rest of their lives, without any oversight by the football fans or the employers.
In addition to enjoying this nice little zinger, definitely read her 12 hypotheses about the college system in the wake of distance-learning disruption. Good stuff.
“In Essays of an Information Scientist (Vol. 10, 1987), Eugene Garfield reported the findings of a quantitative analysis of cited works in the Arts & Humanities index.” See also Most-cited authors of books in the humanities, 2007, which summarizes my ambivalence nicely: “What this says of modern scholarship is for the reader to decide – and it is imagined that judgments will vary from admiration to despair, depending on one’s view.” My nerd side is excited to see lists like this, my mildly-cynical/skeptical-about-academia side isn’t so sure.
A wiki with a list of academic blogs divided by field. I love the category for “Professions and Useful Arts.”
PhD trivia: “Only 36.7 percent of humanities students have finished their dissertations by year 8, and only 49.1 percent have done so by year 10.” That sounds completely insane to me. Granted, I’ve never been in a PhD program, but… wow. Just wow. Some schools are implementing policies to encourage professors to help students complete the dissertation, on pain of the department losing admissions slots.