Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A different kind of promotion

I've been promoted to associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, where I direct the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program and teach classes in food policy and statistics or econometrics. The blogosphere had a lot of discussion a couple years ago about whether blogging harms the career prospects of junior faculty. In my case, I think the blog neither helped nor hurt, but I am relieved that it is tolerated and was not held against me at this university. After leading international policy scholar and blogger Daniel Drezner had his "bad day" at the University of Chicago, he was quickly snapped up by a university with a strong ideal of civic engagement: Tufts again.


Ken Kuhl said...

Congratulations Parke!

Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

Congrats, Parke! And cheers to Tufts for recognizing how blogging is a growing part of how people communicate -- and for encouraging credible, reliable voices in the blogosphere.