Blogger Denied Tenure
Just to be clear, I’ve never met Daniel Drezner, I don’t recall ever reading his blog, and his CV is undoubtedly impressive. I’m even using a book in one of my courses based on his review.
Given these caveats, I have two thoughts on his tenure denial:
First, Drezner’s blogging under his real name while untenured was a gigantic mistake. There’s is no way for me to believe that what he wrote at his blog was not a factor in the tenure committee’s decision, and I think it was a foolish mistake for him to both blog under his real name but also to be so public about it (his website is listed on his academic CV).
But second, and more importantly, Drezner made another huge mistake in trying to conflate blogging and scholarship, and I can only assume that his colleagues deemed this type of work unserious — a perspective with which I largely agree. Looking at his CV, however impressive, might have led his colleagues to believe that once granted tenure, his focus might shift away from his serious work toward more articles, books, conference papers, etc. about blogging — which I assume is hardly what they were looking for when they hired him.
In any event, my untenured, anonymous heart goes out to him, although his credentials suggest heÃ¢€™ll fare just fine in the current academic job market.