23 May 2016

Walking Away From Promotion and Tenure -->

Image Source: DigCitSummit

My good friend Marialice Curran recently wrote a great post about walking away from her tenured job in Higher Education. Marialice is a Ph.D. who isn't your typical academic and she knows it. She explains in her post that she walked away partially because she wanted to be a connected educator and that just wasn't fitting in with the rest of the tenured faculty at her school.

The gist of the piece can be summed up below:
The truth is there’s a privilege about being an academic and I no longer wanted to be a part of it. With privilege comes exclusion and I want to be a part of an inclusive community. Don’t get me wrong, I have great respect for academics, my problem lies with the institution.
And while the above quote sums up Marialice's post perfectly, my favorite part of the whole piece is the following:
Just recently, I presented at a university and a full professor shared with me, “You just brought the UNIVERSE to our university.” I thanked him and shared how I had just recently left higher ed and he said with a smile, “Well, you can’t keep a saddle on a maverick.”
Having been lucky enough to work with Marialice initially with the #DigCitSummitUK in January and then on a number of additional occasions, I can truly say she is a maverick! She makes her own way in education and she's doing amazing things. But the reason she makes her own way is because she wants to help the greatest number of kids feel loved and respected and safe online. She has worked tirelessly to help create and grow the #DigCitSummit organization and I'm so excited to see where this organization will go. We've have a number of conversations about her plans to help change the discussion on digital citizenship and I's so excited to see her plans come to fruition.

If you don't already follow Marialice on Twitter, please correct that and follow her at @MBFXC and then start following her writing at her blog. You won't regret one bit, and you will actually find yourself thanking me!

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