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Public universities and colleges across North America and the United Kingdom appear to be rushing headlong into a new era, caught up in a stampede driven by state-initiated educational policy and demands for ‘modernization’ (certainly a matter of concern in … Continue reading
By Melonie Fullick For those who follow the higher education news, the week of July 16th to 22nd will stand out as one in which the term “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Courses, for the uninitiated) hit a high point as … Continue reading
At the end of Part 1 of this interview, Melonie Fullick concluded that “university members need to be concerned about public discourse that involves them because it has real political effects. We need to participate, to intervene actively [despite] the messiness of public discourse.” In Part 2, Melonie shares further thoughts about the current state and future of the university.
@Home in the Public Sphere: An Interview with Melonie Fullick, Graduate Student and Public Intellectual – Part 1
“I think the university may (paradoxically) sustain itself better by making its institutional boundaries more porous. That would involve academics extending their voices (their expertise and wisdom) to different spheres of communication,” says Melonie Fullick, a PhD candidate in Education at York University. Melonie, who is a public intellectual with a growing readership, sat down over coffee in Hamilton, Ontario to share her views on higher education and what brought her to engage multiple “publics” through Twitter and academic blogging. Though Melonie is careful to demystify social media and the term “public intellectual,” she represents a striking example of academic courage in what appears to be an increasingly austere and instrumentalized landscape of higher education.
Bleak Career Prospects for New PhDs When talking about publicly funded universities, governments in Ontario and elsewhere hope to garner public support by proclaiming that their education policies have led to increased graduate student enrollment. But for the expanding multitude … Continue reading