'De-Mystifying the Myth: Publish or Perish' Presented at SUNY Potsdam


Gerald Lee Ratliff will open the 2013-14 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series at SUNY Potsdam’s School of Education and Professional Studies on Sept. 4.

SUNY Potsdam Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gerald Lee Ratliff will open the 2013-14 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series with a presentation at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in the Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center.

Dr. Ratliff will present a talk entitled "De-Mystifying the Myth: Publish or Perish." The seminar session is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

Frequent—and numerous—publication of scholarly articles and books has been a rather traditional indicator of a scholar's academic expertise and talent, and, coincidentally, a sponsoring institution's primary academic recognition, in some instances. Although the unhealthy pressure to "publish or perish" continues to influence major research universities, there is a more promising movement forward in undergraduate higher education that recognizes and values the scholarship of teaching. This interactive session will explore the myth of "publish or perish," and identify relevant publication sources related to instructional practices.

The Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar is sponsored by SUNY Potsdam's School of Education and Professional Studies. Over the last six years, the School has hosted more than 50 presenters through the series.

About the presenter:

Gerald Lee Ratliff has published 21 books and numerous articles on literary criticism, performance studies, instructional practices and integrative learning styles. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to China and Russia, and has served as national president of the Eastern Communication Association, Association for Communication Administration, International Arts Association and Theta Alpha Phi, the national theatre fraternity. Currently, he is working with the Integrative Studies Association to promote interdisciplinary studies across the curriculum at a number of institutions.

For the full schedule of Disciplined Inquiry in Education events for the semester, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/SOEPS/seminar.

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.