My doctoral dissertation examined how social media influenced the work and personal lives of more than 100 academics in the United States.
Key findings include:
Social Media function as institutional and social surveillance to enforce norms and favored ideologies on college campuses.
Students are viewed as the primary agents of surveillance, using social media to target and punish professors who hold unfavorable views.
College professors withdraw from social media out of concern for morally motivated networked harassment, commonly known as "cancel culture."
Social media have a "chilling effect" on speech in offline settings as professors self-censor in the classroom to avoid student recording.
Faculty engage in acts of resistance and rebellion against cancel culture by using anonymous social media accounts.
Academics and their institutions lack formal training on proper use of social media for self-promotion and best practices for addressing online hostility.