Developing a strategic plan to use social media to enhance scholarship
Facilitator: Margarita Mooney, PhD
Have you ever thought you would like to enhance your presence on social media, but either don’t have enough time or don’t know enough? In this three-week course, we will have three online lectures in which I will present ideas on how to build our image on social media, form an online community of scholars, and track qualitative and quantitative measures of how social media enhances our scholarship. Each week, I will send brief articles on social media as a prompt for free writing-exercises on our goals, identity, and challenges in using social media. We will share our reflections with small accountability groups that will meet online once a week. Participants will also log their daily social media usage on a group forum and share ideas on others’ strategies. By the end of this three week course, participants should have developed a plan for to sustain their regular social media presence, build an online community of scholars, and track how social media enhances their research agenda.
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 Herald, The 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: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/blackwhiteandgray/. 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: http://www.margaritamooney.com