Focusing on the role of mentors and advisors, Eric Anthony Grollman, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond, draws on personal experience as an “activist gone academic,” to outline the steps in cultivating a life as a public scholar.
PS UVenus/IHE version of this article, http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/who-let-activist-here
(Source: UMBC’s The Retriever Weekly, 2005)
I have made compromises along the way — bit my tongue here, chosen success over authenticity there — in order to advance my training and career in academia. With few people who look like me as mentors and professors, I suppose it seemed foolish to completely forgo any kind of caution and compromise. Yeah, let’s go with that excuse.
But, the joke is often on me as my disguise as an apolitical mainstream scholar is recognized by colleagues and students as just that — a disguise. I could not totally hide my activist self even if I tried; and, admittedly, I have never made the full effort to do so.
Who Let An Activist In Here?
Look at where I am in my career. There is no need to brag here, but my accomplishments should not be overlooked. In an era of second…
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