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Being a Scholar in the Digital EraTransforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good$
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Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329251.001.0001

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Introduction: transformations

Introduction: transformations

(p.1) One Introduction: transformations
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels

Polly Thistlethwaite

Policy Press

The proliferation of digital technologies is changing what it means to be a scholar now in ways that are at once exciting, foreboding, and puzzling. There is a clear picture emerging in which scholars expect to use digital technology to do at least some of their work. Scholars include the Internet in topics of study without hesitation, and scholars across geographic distances and types of institutions want to share their work online. At the same time, the socioeconomic landscape of higher education is changing with public funding on the decline, adjunct employment of faculty on the rise, and university administrators and politicians demanding business-style reporting on academic productivity. In this chapter we consider the digital turn in scholarship within this neoliberal context.

Keywords:   academic productivity, higher education, digital technologies, socioeconomic landscape of higher education, adjunct employment

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