U.S. Professor of the Year and other amazing things …

Amazing month.  As many of you know, I was awarded the U.S. Professor of the Year Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research Universities, had a wonderful journey to Europe to give a couple keynote presentations, was mentioned in a little blurb by David Byrne in New York Times magazine, was showered with praise by our university president, and was even named “coolest man on the planet.” Now I’m gearing up for a great new project on anonymity on the web with my Spring 2009 Digital Ethnography team.

Here is the acceptance speech for the award:


Associate professor of cultural anthropology. Ed Traceur. Hacker. Car-free.

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20 Responses

  1. lucychili says:

    Well earned! Congratulations!
    Looking forward to your new work.
    All the best for the season

  2. Tom O'Brien says:


    Congratulations on this – we missed talking earlier this year – but I think we should connect – we are doing some really interesting online anthropology and could collaborate on some interesting work.

    Tom O’Brien
    MotiveQuest LLC

  3. Bryan Zug says:

    Congrats on all fronts Mike.

  4. Congratulations Prof. Wesch, your work has great utility for everyone, and when research of this kind reaches and appeals to so many on their own level, it has the power to change the way we all look at the world.

    All the best for the new year, I’m looking forward to seeing where your work takes you.

  5. Nick Taylor says:

    Well you’ve certainly been a bit of an inspiration to me… although this has occasionally gone off in fairly random directions, eg:

    the music for which is played by these:


  6. Congratulations!

    Spring project on anonymity? Say more, if you can, please.

  7. Congrats! That was certainly deserved. :)

  8. Congrats! You’ve certainly been an inspiration to me, and to scores of other grad students as we contemplate our future roles in educating those who come after us. My own Intro students absolutely loved our version of the World Sim, and many of them tell me they’ll remember what they’ve learned in this class because of the way they’ve learned it – hands on and no holds barred. I have you to thank for your dedication and your inspiration and your edupunk.

  9. Is your new project “anonymity on the web” a result of all the sudden attention? Jus’ askin’ :-)

  10. Prof Wesch says:

    The anonymity project builds from a little 5 minute section that didn’t make the cut into the Anthropological Introduction to YouTube video/presentation. As we started tracing the uses of anonymity and pseudonymity around the web we found that the way they manifest online create new and very interesting possibilities for the creation of social groups. Anonymous (from the 4chan message board /b/) are a great example. They are a group that is not a group, a they that is not a they …

    We will be looking into many aspects of anonymity online and offline. Each student will work on a little piece of it, creating their own 5 minute video. All of these will then be woven together into another longer presentation similar to our YouTube project.

  11. Congratulations and well done. Hope you continue to blog and make youtube videos after this!

  12. Zack Wolk says:

    Mike, I’ve never reached out to you – but you’ve been teaching me for about 2 years. The reason I never pursued a “higher education” is because I wasn’t able to know my professors, the internet makes it possible for me to learn what I am – and not what ‘the system’ wants for me to be. If I could spend $100k to go to a college with only the professors that inspire me, I would go in the nanoquark of a second. Please make more (all) of your classroom teachings available online in the form of a podcast, I will pay for them.

  13. Congrats!
    You are the number one :)
    Best from Italy,

  14. Tim Bulkeley says:

    Congratulations on a well deserved award!

    Though a project on anonymity is nicely ironic in the circumstances ;)

  15. Congratulatiiiiiiiiiiiionnnnnnnnnnnnnssssssssss!!!
    Darling Michael,
    I´m an Argentain student, and you are a wonderfull modal for us, because with other big teacher, Alejandro Piscitelli are learning all about digital practises for education. Could we take a conexion with you for learn more, for work together? It will be an enormous satisfaccion for us…Congratulations, again, for your prizes and for your fantastic class, I wait your answer..Happy 2009:)

  16. Congratulations! I just found your video/blog through someone posting your video to the social marketing listserv. Thank you for hard work, and congrats again!

  17. rick says:


    Congratulations on Professor of the Year. I was pointed to your videos on Web 2.0 and the YouTube through a Facebook friend. I’m an instructional designer for a major not-for-profit and found both of these videos intriguing. Keep up the good work. I look for many more good things from you and your students.

    I’m always on the lookout for creative training methods, particularly in a Web 2.0 world and YouTube offers the most promise of anything I’ve seen. Thank you so much for your contributions.

  18. DK says:

    To add to the many voices here – congratulations… well earned and fantastic stuff!


  19. Thank you for the many wonderful things you and your students contribute to my understanding of our wired-less world.