How should a blog be evaluated as part of a professor’s academic performance? One reaction might, perhaps, be that it is too ephemeral to count for anything at all. But if one doesn’t dismiss blog writing, then there are some more interesting things to think about. One question is which category the writing fits into. Service? Teaching? Research? How might one tell for any particular blog?
Accompanying the questions of categories are question of quantity and quality.
And perhaps as we think about this all, we might consider the extent to which non-refereed work on the web is an important rival to the refereed paper in a journal as a means of professional communication. Or should we think of it as more like communication to a more general academic community? Or something else?
Let us know what you think.
It would be great to hear of any depts who have actually worked out a policy on blog writing as a professional activity, but partial reflections are also very welcome.