Hi HASTAC Scholars (and everyone else too)!
You can tell my semester is off to a busy start when it takes me three weeks to get to one of the things I'm most excited to be participating in... I thought I'd follow suit on John Bell's introduction that showed up in my mailbox last week and introduce myself.
I'm a Ph.D. and MSW (Masters Social Work) student at the University of Minnesota. The focus of my work is in our Youth Studies program. I'm currently finishing coursework and teaching two classes - Teaching in Higher Education and Youthwork in Schools. For the three years prior to now, I worked for our Leadership Education and Development Undegraduate Programs office. There I developed curriculum, taught several courses, and conducted research. My primary job, however, revolved around coordinating training and development for our 50+ adjunct teaching staff. So my interests include leadership education, organizational development, teaching & learning, and training in addition to young people and youth work.
The particular spin I take on all of this comes from radical social change/movement organizing and critical theory perspectives. Part of my work as a doc student has been studying the Black Panther Party, the Highlander Research & Education Center, the Citizenship Schools, and other international movements for social change. These lenses inform every aspect of my work as well as the ways I think and act. They also influence the kind of youth work I study with my advisors: Civic Youth Work (see first two results).
So, I'd love to talk about: open source everything, MOOCs, #openknowledge, #openscience, #openaccess, #opendata, #opengovernment, #opensociety, or #openresearch (my idea to promote what Arjun Appadurai calls The RIght to Research).
Places you might connect to other things I do...
- Twitter: @AlexFink
- Blog: http://www.publicfragments.org
- Diigo: http://www.diigo.com/user/alexanderjfink