Aaron J. Barlow, 1951–2021

By Michael Ferguson

Shortly before this issue went to press, we were saddened to learn of the death on January 11 of Aaron Barlow, who served as Academe’s faculty editor from 2013 to 2018. A professor of English at New York City College of Technology, Barlow brought wide-ranging interests in new media, educational technology, public intellectualism, and faculty activism to his work with this magazine. He also did much to make Academe Blog what it is today, recruiting new contributors and overseeing a period of rapid growth in the blog’s readership. Most recently, Barlow’s thoughtfulness about pedagogy and compassion for students were in evidence in a series of pieces he wrote for Academe Blog about the sudden shift to remote teaching during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. As his City Tech colleague Monique Ferrell remarked, Barlow will be remembered for “giving, sharing, and nurturing all those he came into contact with.” We are grateful for his contributions to the AAUP’s work and to the higher education community.

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