Chronicle of Higher Education - A news and commentary publication that has job advertisements and reports on the state of the Humanities.
- Has been criticized for emphasis on Harvard and elite universities:
There are TWO articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education today about Harvard. "Harvard does not care about Teaching" and "Literary Scholars Should Argue Better". OK the second one is by a Harvard scholar about literary life in general, but still, she's talking about Harvard. Maybe Yale can get three in print tomorrow? I just live to know about how hard life is with tens of millions of dollars surrounding me. Please publish more about it! It's so relevant to understanding university life and the academy! "Harvard is a place of hierarchies" with an "invisible stratum" says Ben Roth. Really? But you're making lots of money. You can publish anywhere (case in point, today's Chronicle of Higher Education!). Your letterhead will get you interviews anywhere, in the academy for sure but also alt-ac. But yea, surely it must suck if you're there, right? "Every year, my colleagues and I each have hundreds of individual meetings with our students and write a book’s worth of comments on their papers." Yea? Gee, how about doing the same thing for 20% of the paycheck and no Harvard affiliation? Would that be bad? If things go south, you'll have to "piece together a schedule of classes on Boston’s adjunct market or to start an entirely new career." With Harvard letterhead, those tasks sound REALLY easy. Dear Chronicle, PLEASE PUBLISH AT LEAST TWO ARTICLES TOMORROW ABOUT SOMEPLACE OTHER THAN HARVARD!
Another Harvard one, an interview, called ‘If We Don’t Adapt, We Will Wither Away,’ seems like an undergraduate talking to a professor for the first time:
- Interviewer: 'liberal education is “destabilizing.” How can university educators respect that truth and make their case?' Interviewee: 'Well, I think that is what we mean by “critical thinking” — not taking anything for granted.'
I am a little embarrassed for the guy being interviewed and the interviewer. Some editor read this and approved it? They must be short on content or just very in love with Harvard.
Yale made it!: "A Yale Law Prof Was Disciplined for Holding Dinner Parties. There’s More to the Story." Their focus on those universities seems to be in overdrive.
Important note: The wiki is a space for people to raise concerns that cannot be voiced elsewhere. While we are in a moment of cancel culture, and this applies to academic journalism, it is not appropriate to make comments that allude to a person’s family. The editors at The Chronicle of Higher Education are public figures, and their work and biases deserve very close attention, critique, and scrutiny, but that cannot be done in the form of a personal attack.
Len Gutkin: Yes, Len Gutkin is a public figure, and he doesn't write very well. (Saying a person writes poorly isn't a personal attack. Noting he attended Yale isn't either.) This remark I agree with: "Must be nice to write so poorly and enjoy such a platform." Given CHE is so obsessed with Harvard and Yale, it makes sense Gutkin is an editor there. The wiki is a space to critique writing, the Chronicle of Higher Education's hiring practices, and their obsession with Yale and Harvard. I agree, that critique cannot be in the form of an attack, but it should be done because it is a dialogue that needs to occur.
This review, "Whitest Newsroom Ever," merits some attention from the CHE itself, not only on the wiki.
- There is no social charge at The Chronicle of Higher Ed. I suppose they will say they will hire scholars from anywhere, but that's not really true. They hire people ONLY from places that will earn them money. Do not misunderstand, mediocrity is fine if it’s from Len Gutkin or anyone like him who has those connections. It is a surprise that Harvard and Yale are all over the CHE, even though the content they produce is poor? No. It is a surprise that Harvard Society of Fellows appear again and again? No. Is academic journalism an epistemic community? Not really, but it is very much a social one. If hiring Harvard and Yale scholars means more money for them, they do it. So, it's like many things in the academy. It sucks if you're outside the group with social pedigree and its privileges, but quite nice if you've got them.
More Harvard! Two per week seems about their average. A Scholarly Screw-Up of Biblical Proportions and MIT and Harvard Have Sold Higher Education's Future Writing about Harvard and Yale earns them money, so they do it. Does this Bad Academic Journalism make?