Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Intellectual openness/generosity -- from a professor at a minor American institution of "higher learning" regarding an article on public diplomacy

From an e-mail by a professor:

"John  -- I appreciate your earnest interest in Creel and Lippmann [my link - jb]. But bombarding busy professors at the end of the semester is not in the best academic tradition, nor do we typically give feedback outside of established venues [jb emphasis] such as conferences and journal reviews, except perhaps to our closest colleagues with whom we have developed relations over many years. Rarely do I read drafts of scholarship, other than graduate student papers and dissertations, etc., so you should not feel offended

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or feel singled out if folks

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do not reply with suggestions for revision. I don't mean to imply this is an exclusive club, but I do think you are unrealistic to expect immediate and detailed responses to your work."

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