Busy with Bloggin’

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 11.41.50 AMThis past year, my sabbatical has provided me time to do a number of activities that I don’t normally have the time to do, most notably visiting numerous colleagues in their classrooms. A close second to my interactions with teachers and students around Michigan and the country has been, of course, the opportunity to write.

Along with the articles, chapters, and books that will (eventually) be available, the more immediate products of my work have shown up through blog posts. Each May, CMU faculty are asked to fill out their TPS reports (actually, they are called “OFIS” reports, but I think the point is clear). At any rate, I am making the claim that my blogging this year should go on my service record, and I will make a similar claim in my promotion portfolio next year. So, I had to collect the many posts into a list, and I figured I could share it here, too.

Hope that some of it is useful for you as you prepare your summer reading lists, both print and digital.

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Author: Troy Hicks

Dr. Troy Hicks is a professor of English and education at Central Michigan University. He directs both the Chippewa River Writing Project and the Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree program. A former middle school teacher, Dr. Hicks has authored numerous books, articles, chapters, blog posts, and other resources broadly related to the teaching of literacy in our digital age. Follow him on Twitter: @hickstro

5 thoughts on “Busy with Bloggin’”

  1. I think we need to push farther than service with this work. Especially for the edited blogs (as compared to your own personal, publish whenever I want blog), we need to shift our (academic) thinking to “count” them as publishing. I’ve added two sections to my CV – “edited blog posts” and “peer reviewed blog posts.” We argued for blog posts to count in the article we wrote about Writers Who Care (in T/W: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education). We will be posting a similar argument directly to that blog soon.


    1. Thanks, Kristen, for bringing this perspective and encouragement. I will give it a try with my P&T committee… the worse that they can say is “no,” and you make a good point about how this type of writing can be more accessible and, perhaps, useful, too.


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