The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 10th, 2015
A professor of American Indian studies
takes to Twitter to denounce Zionism. A senior lecturer in business
communication posts racist, homophobic comments on Facebook about an
investigation into the shooting death of a 12-year-old. A journalism
professor tweets, after a mass shooting, that the National Rifle
Association has blood on its hands.
Social-media eruptions like those have produced the kind of headlines
that make colleges cringe. They’ve had seriously negative consequences
for the scholars involved and, in some cases, for institutions. They’ve
also raised an urgent question for administrators: As more and more
faculty and staff members lead active lives online, publicly sharing
their work along with personal opinions, what can colleges do to protect
themselves from fallout while preserving the core values of academic
freedom and free speech?