We will share our tips from this discussion after the PIE, but in the meantime, we wanted to highlight some of the resources from people we know who are involved in these activities (longer lists of blogs, podcasts, and websites can be found here, on our resources page)!
Reagan Gurung (@reganargurun) hosts a blog, Pedogogical Pundit, that discusses both psychology and education/teaching more generally.
Jessica Hartnett (@NotAwful) blogs about ideas and resources centered on statistics in the social science on her blog Not Awful and Boring Ideas for Teaching Statistics.
The Psych Sessions podcast run by Garth Neufeld (@garthneufeld) and Eric Landrum (@ericlandrum) discuss teaching in psychology, and frequently interview influential people in the field.
That Psych Prof Blog created by Rajiv Jhangiani (@thatpsychprof) actively promotes open education and offers numerous textbook materials perfect for the newbie or veteran of open education
Sue Frantz (@Sue_Frantz), current STP president, runs a website called Technology for Academics, which, as you can imagine, covers various technologies that any academic might be able to use.
In addition to these awesome folks, there are people particularly active on Twitter that you should consider following (besides those listed above who definitely deserve a follow). These colleagues regularly share relevant articles on research or teaching and live tweet conferences.
A few months back, Jen and Karly attended STP’s ACT (find related posts here, here, here, here, and here). A session hosted by Eric Landrum, Garth Neufeld, Reagan Gurung, and Anna Ropp (see above) discussed making “Disciplinary impact through non-traditional means.” They covered a wide range of non-traditional, impactful activities that academics can get involved in, such as blogging, conference hosting, and social media. They also discussed how to include your involvement in these non-traditional activities as professional development. Make sure to detail your involvement in these activities on your CV, under “Service” or “Professional Development” sections. Also encourage your department to give merit to these types of activities when preforming annual reviews or reviewing tenure portfolios.
Unsure of how to market your twitter activity as impactful? There are a variety of tools, such as Twitter Analytics, that can tell you about the impact you’re making on social media. If you are an avid twitter user, you can use these numbers to show impact and reach that your social media use has on the academic community.
Written by Ciara, Karly, and Jen..................Hope to see you at NITOP!