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12/03/2018

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Paul

Assuming your pubs are probably organized into subsections (blind reviewed journal, edited collections, invited pubs, etc.), I don't think its a problem but I would put it under "other publications" or something like that. I realize it says its peer-reviewed, and I would note that on my CV, but I wouldn't try to stick it in with other journal pubs. That is what, in my experience, can be off-putting to both search and tenure committees.

Do NOT lump all your pubs into one long list, especially for research jobs. Perhaps Marcus can chime on whether the situation is different for teaching jobs.

Cleverly Disguised Mule

Note: I've never been on a hiring committee; barely have a job.

Would it make more sense to call these things "public philosophy" or "public outreach"? They look more like if you wrote something for, say, Quillette, The Conversation, or made a video for Wi-Phi something like that. And I reckon some committees might like that you're doing something for a public audience, and you're aware that it's not peer-reviewed rigorous scholarship.

Can others confirm/deny this hunch?

Mike Titelbaum

Coming from the perspective of an R1 tenure-track search committee member, something like this wouldn't hurt you in my eyes, and I would think it's kind of cool that you're up to such things. But I'm evaluating your cv by looking at your substantive papers in major journals, and that's what's ultimately going to play into my decision.

Anon

I don't know why this would hurt candidates especially with the discipline moving toward more respect for public outreach/philosophy.

Sam Duncan

I think that publishing in either one of the pop culture and philosophy books or on 1,000 Word Philosophy could be a pretty big positive if one were applying for community college jobs, but one would need to present it in the right way. This is especially true for 1,000 Word Philosophy. One of the things my institution is really pushing, and I think this is true for CC's generally, is open educational resources to replace traditional textbooks. Now technically the essays at 1,000 Word Philosophy aren't OER due to the fact authors retain copyright, but writing an essay like that would show that not only is one committed to finding free educational resources for students but that one has experience *creating* such resources. I think that would be a big deal. Given that it's web based one could also pitch it as a use of educational technology since all things tech are trendy. And with the pop culture and philosophy I think that one could definitely sell that as proof that one has experience relating philosophy to issues students care about and are interested in and so as some evidence of an ability to motivate student interest. One thing I would say is that I wouldn't necessarily assume that hiring committees at CCs, or I would wager smaller teaching schools, will now what 1,000 Word Philosophy or the pop culture and philosophy series are, so one might need to explain them and their significance.

Sam Duncan

Also, in response to one earlier comment that mentions "Quilette:" I would be very careful about where I published any public philosophy. Rightly or wrongly, and I'm sure a lot of people are going to tell me how wrong I am, I think of "Quilette" as bordering on a "men's rights" or even an "alt-right" forum. For me at least publishing there would be a red flag. For what it's worth publishing in say "Jacobin" might give me similar pause; that might not be red but it borders on yellow and for someone more politically conservative it might even be red. Publishing in any forum associated with the ideological fringes of either side might not be a great idea. Anyway, I'm already anticipating blowback on this, but fair or not it's true. If you're stepping outside the normal journals or the really established popular press like the NYTimes, Wall Street Journal, or the Atlantic be aware of the public perception of the venue you're thinking of publishing in (whether you think that perception is fair or not). In a lot of cases they probably don't have a lot of promise of helping you and they may have some real threat of hurting you.

Nathan Nobis

As an editor at 1000-Word Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology (who just ran across this post on 3/20/19!), I agree with Marcus's sense that "provided one otherwise has a more standard publication record . . publications like this may tend to be looked at as at least a mild positive" in job seeking.

I think this is especially true when it's a teaching-oriented job, and/or a job in an interdisciplinary department, and/or the hiring committee is not composed solely of philosophy professors, and so the non-philosopher on the committee might not be as interested in the candidate's "pure" research or writing samples, since they don't know the field. A 1000-Word Philosophy article will be very accessible (for them) and provide evidence you can communicate effectively with a general audience, including students.

sm

Any thoughts about the impact of publishing in Think-Philosophy for Everyone (Cambridge University Press)? Would that be similar to publishing in 1000-Word Philosophy?

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