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How to Use Social Media for Engaged Scholarship

When: 09/03/14
1:00-2:30PM ET
Contact: Badia Ahad

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 how to Use Social media for engaged scholarship

Facilitator: Margarita Mooney, PhD

How could we use social media to develop our profiles as engaged scholars? Too often, using social media in research and teaching is defined as service rather than scholarship. In particular prior to tenure, younger scholars are discouraged from doing too much service or any form of engaged scholarship. Much more than just a new way to disseminate our research findings, in this workshop I will discuss how social media can help advance our profiles as engaged scholars. For example, social media provides many tools to engage with other scholars and the general public in all stages of research, such as formulating research questions, discussing preliminary findings, and assessing the impact of our research. One can spend many hours a week on social media or just a few minutes a day and still create communication channels with scholars from our own fields, other fields, and the general public. Although the forms of social media seem to grow daily, one need not be an expert on all of social media or even an expert in technology to use social media for engaged scholarship. Although I cannot review every social media tool that exists, I will describe specific examples of how strategies to use Twitter, Facebook, and blogs to build an online community of scholars engaging with new and traditional audiences about our research and teaching. The general principles I outline will be particularly helpful to scholars who are new to social media and engaged scholarship.

Margarita A. Mooney is an Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. Her book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora, was published by the University of California Press in 2009. She has published extensively in academic journals on the topics of migration, ethnicity, religion, and social theory. She has published her research in a variety of print and online publications, such as The Miami HeraldThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and America magazine. She is one of several sociologists who blogs at Black, White and Gray, a blog hosted by Patheos: She maintains a regular presence on Twitter and Facebook, sharing teaching tips, and discussing research questions. In her current work, she is using various forms of social media to build a network of scholars interested in philosophy of social science. You can read more about her research, teaching and engaged scholarship on her homepage:

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