Episode 8: A conversation with — and call to action from — Andrew J. Hoffman
Below is the radio broadcast of the episode — we beeped some of the racier language on this version. The unbeeped version can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and the myriad other places you might listen to podcasts. You can subscribe to the show while you are enjoying the f-bombs and while you are doing that please rate and share with your friends! As always, if you have an idea of a person or project we should feature, let us know by email.
Music featured in this episode:
We also make use of a lot of material from Freesound.org — like Setuniman’s piano loop 0Y83, Lemoncreme’s Ambient Piano Music #1, embracetheart’s City Traffic (Outdoor), InspectorJ’ s Piano, Bach Fantasia, AdamJordaan140087’s pouring water
About our guest
Andrew (Andy) J. Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Environment and Sustainability.
A small selection of Andy’s publications for general audiences:
- How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate
- Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling
- Let’s Put Malcolm Gladwell Out of Business
- “Isolated scholars: Making bricks, not shaping policy,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 9 (2015).
- “Deconstructing the ivory tower: Business schools’ reliance on theory-driven research ignores the pressing needs of real-world managers,” Corporate Responsibility Officer, January/February: 44–46 (2009).
Other, related, reads from Andy Hoffman
- Hoffman, A. (2015) “Reflections: Academia’s emerging crisis of relevance and the consequent role of the engaged scholar,” Journal of Change Management, DOI:10.1080/14697017.2015.1128168
- Hoffman, A. (2013) “Academic engagement in public and political discourse: Establishing the rules of the game,” Michigan Journal of Sustainability, 1(1): 5–13.
Things mentioned in the show
- Forscher, B. K. (1963). Chaos in the brickyard. Science, 142(3590), 339.
- Hofstadter, R. (1963). Anti-intellectualism in American Life.(3. Print.) (Vol. 713). Vintage.
- Lubchenco, J. (2017). Delivering on science’s social contract. Michigan Journal of Sustainability, 5(1) Or you may watch/listen to her reflections on this topic here.
- Nat Geo, March 2015, The War on Science
- Pielke Jr, R. A. (2007). The honest broker: making sense of science in policy and politics. Cambridge University Press. Or you may watch/listen to his reflections on this topic here.
- 5 Panel Discussion: Presidents Crow, Hanlon, Sullivan, and Schlissel, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse: Proceedings of the Michigan Meeting, May 2015
Places for academics to share their work
On Measuring Impact
Other interesting things to consider
- Stoney brook /Alen Alda
- Relate at University of Michigan: Making Science Communication A Conversation
- My Effing First Amendment, episode of This American Life mentioned in the show
- On Google Scholar — from Google, more thoughts from the University of Minnesota, and a critique from Impact Story.
Looking for academics with specific expertise? Consider these websites:
- Women Also Know Stuff is an initiative with the objective of helping women academics publicize their expertise. You’ll find a bank of women scholars, their expertise and what there looking to do to publicize their work (e.g. interview, serve as panelist, etc).
- People of Colour Also Know Stuff is a similar initiative, but for visible minorities.
If you want to SEE Andy Hoffman give the entire presentation “Academia’s Crisis of Relevance and the Emergent Role of the Engaged Scholar” (it’s worth it just to see his sweet sabbatical beard) check it out below:
Also, we recently joined Science Borealis! This is a network of Canadian blogs about science and sciency things, you should check ‘em out, eh?