Scholars are Practitioners…in the classroom.

In many academic spaces, but particularly in the politic and professional military education worlds, there is a noted divide between ‘scholar’ and ‘practitioner’. Scholars have terminal degrees, or are in the progress of getting them, and rely on their academic background and research to provide them with their expertise. Practitioners may lack that formal academic background, but bring a wealth of experience from their professional experience in the military, policy world, or activist space. The divide between the two can be tense, with academics accused of living inside the Ivory Tower with no practical experience, and practitioners being told they over-rely on their own personal experience to the expense of a more representative or multi-perspective view.

To say ‘both have value’ is obvious, but not the point I want to make. Instead, I offer this: when it comes to the classroom, most of us scholars are actually practitioners.

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