Inside Higher Ed
August 24th, 2015
In May, when Saida Grundy found herself being skewered by the
conservative blogosphere, Fox News and others, she made a point not to
read or listen to most of the commentary. "I was afraid to Google
myself," she said in an interview here. Some friends forwarded material,
and Grundy couldn't avoid it altogether, she said, but she didn't want
to get consumed by the commentary.
"So many caring people told me that they couldn't imagine what it
would be like to start [on the tenure track] immediately after" the
onslaught, she said. "But I still really don't fully understand the
scope of it."
That she didn't read everything may make it easier for her, she said,
to keep the focus where it should be for a new assistant professor, in
her case in sociology at Boston University. She's thinking about a book
built on her dissertation. She's planning her classes.