Yesterday was a big day for me on my journey towards my doctorate: I passed my preliminary examination and became ABD. While I have been conducting research intended for my dissertation for over a year now, this milestone means I need to make some decisions and focus my research further. It's an exciting moment of possibility. I feel incredibly fortunate to have such wonderful committee members to help me make these choices.
With the start of classes a week away, I can ignore my syllabus no longer. Luckily, I have the fortune of being scheduled to teach a class I'm particularly excited about teaching--a course on digital genres I proposed in January and that will be cross-listed between English and Communication. Having benefited from others' syllabi in the past (and this time specifically indebted to Carolyn Miller's and Alice Daer's), I thought I would make a draft of mine available online for anyone else [Read more...]
Next week is spring break for me and while I’m disappointed that most of it looks like it will be rainy, that’s probably for the best since I’m still finishing up my talk for CCCC the following week. This year, CCCC will be in balmy Tampa and I’ll be presenting on “A Technologized Writing Pedagogy: Teaching the Writer’s Tools in FYC” during a session on "Pedagogy, Multimodality, and Digital Technology.” I’m engaging with the question of what role explicit instruction on technology can play in [Read more...]
Spring is conference season in my world, which means I'm currently hard at work writing and revising. I'm excited about the two talks I'll be giving next weekend at the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing. The first is a talk I'm giving with Keon Pettiway, a fellow CRDM student. He and I will be presenting the results of a survey asking faculty across disciplines about the multimodal work they are producing and what sorts of writing and communication they're assigning their [Read more...]