Should institutions police professors' use of social media?

April 29, 2015

An article in University Affairs examines the need for guidelines to govern Canadian faculty members' use of social media. Jared Lenover, Conference Director for PSEWEB, a PSE-focused digital marketing conference, said that "we want faculty to be on social media, to be participating and sharing." Lenover contends that guidelines can be more effective than strict policies in this regard. Experts say that the situation in Canada is very different than it is in the US, where the American Association of University Professors recently released a report criticizing the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for its handling of the Steven Salaita case. Salaita's offer of appointment was withdrawn, reportedly due to remarks he made on Twitter. University Affairs | Inside Higher Ed