"Academia's Emerging Crisis of Relevance and the Consequent Role of the Engaged Scholar" by Prof. Andrew J. Hoffman
Universities are facing a crisis of relevance. One reason is the extent to which academic scholars do not see it as their role to engage in public and political discourse. Increased engagement is unavoidable in an emerging educational context where public discourse has degraded, and social media is changing the nature of science and scientific discourse. Further, there is a demographic shift at play, where young scholars are seeking more impact from their work than their senior colleagues. This is a reexamination of how we practice our craft, to what purpose and to which audiences.