Well, so much for Tribble. Seriously. Whomever he/she is, I hope there’s at least some reflection going on there in the wake of some really very careful, methodical criticism from, oh, just about every academic blogger in existence.
I didn’t notice that the article actually says that the author is in a humanities department, so that much is pinned down.
The real screamer which almost everyone picked up on, which I didn’t mention, is the passage:
“The content of the blog may be less worrisome than the fact of the blog itself. Several committee members expressed concern that a blogger who joined our staff might air departmental dirty laundry (real or imagined) on the cyber clothesline for the world to see. Past good behavior is no guarantee against future lapses of professional decorum.”
If we’re talking academic standards here, that’s a passage that any scholar ought to be ashamed of penning–unless a pseudonymous piece in the Chronicle is subject to even lower standards than Tribble assigns to blogs. Taken seriously, that’s an argument that should lead to hiring no one.
Though if ever there was a department that needed to be taken to the cleaners, I’m beginning to think it’s Tribble’s.