Site Update: Course Syllabi and Assignments Added Under Teaching Section

Over the weekend, I added new pages under the Teaching menu option for the courses that I have taught, am teaching, and will teach. Each course page includes descriptions, syllabi, and assignments arranged chronologically by school: English Composition I, ENG 1101 English Composition II, ENG 1121 Specialized Communication for Technology Students, ENG 1133 Science Fiction,Continue reading “Site Update: Course Syllabi and Assignments Added Under Teaching Section”

An Idea for Aggregation of Student Online Artifacts Using Visual Rendering and Metadata Collection

This afternoon, I participated in an online reunion with my colleagues at Georgia Tech–Nirmal Trivedi, Pete Rorabaugh, Andy Frazee, and Clay Fenlason–about the first-year reading program, Project One. During the conversation, I thought of this idea for aggregating student online work in a database and presenting student work through a website. This builds on Pete’sContinue reading “An Idea for Aggregation of Student Online Artifacts Using Visual Rendering and Metadata Collection”

Science Fiction, LMC3214, Summer 2014: Exploring Cultural Connections Through Haptics and LEGO

Before closing out the last class that I would teach at Georgia Tech as a Brittain Fellow, I brought a great big container of LEGO bricks to class for my students to explore and enjoy thinking about science fiction with haptics. As I had done last year, I invited my students to think of somethingContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC3214, Summer 2014: Exploring Cultural Connections Through Haptics and LEGO”

Second Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab: Power Macintosh 8500

When I met with Georgia Tech Library Archives’ Department Head Jody Lloyd Thompson and Digital Collections Archivist Wendy Hagenmaier to donate three vintage computers (a Dell Dimension 4100, Apple Performa 550, and Apple iMac) and other computing hardware a week and a half ago, I noticed that they had room for one more computer, so I pitchedContinue reading “Second Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab: Power Macintosh 8500”

Inaugural Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of making the first donation of three computers to the Georgia Tech Library Archives, which is launching its own Retrocomputing Lab for scholars and students to use. The Georgia Tech Library Archives is already well-known for its significant Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection and other holdings. I met with DepartmentContinue reading “Inaugural Donation to Georgia Tech Library Archive’s Retrocomputing Lab”

Atlanta Science Fiction Society Talk on Teaching SF at Georgia Tech, Tomorrow

If you’re in the area tomorrow, you can catch my talk on teaching science fiction at Georgia Tech at the Atlanta Science Fiction Society meeting at the Sandy Springs Fulton County Library (395 Mount Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA). The meeting begins at 2:30PM, and my talk should begin around 3:30PM. I will bring copiesContinue reading “Atlanta Science Fiction Society Talk on Teaching SF at Georgia Tech, Tomorrow”

New Job, New Students, and New Friends in New York City

I waited until I had signed the offer letter to announce the good news: I accepted a tenure-track position at the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) in Brooklyn! I’m incredibly stoked to join the City Tech team. I’m looking forward to working with students, colleagues, and the surrounding community. While I’m sad to be leavingContinue reading “New Job, New Students, and New Friends in New York City”

Recovered Writing, Brittain Fellowship, CETL Brown Bag, Writing the Brain: Using Twitter and Storify, Oct. 2, 2013

This is the sixty-second post in a series that I call, “Recovered Writing.” I am going through my personal archive of undergraduate and graduate school writing, recovering those essays I consider interesting but that I am unlikely to revise for traditional publication, and posting those essays as-is on my blog in the hope of engagingContinue reading “Recovered Writing, Brittain Fellowship, CETL Brown Bag, Writing the Brain: Using Twitter and Storify, Oct. 2, 2013”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214, Summer 2014: Proto-SF, Voyages Extraordinaires, and Scientific Romances

Since I will be out of town on business during Wednesday’s class, I made this lecture video for my on-campus and off-campus students. It is available as an MP4 on T-Square > Resources, too. Besides covering proto-SF, Voyages Extraordinaires, and Scientific Romances, we are reading H.G. Wells’ “The Star” and E.M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops.”Continue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214, Summer 2014: Proto-SF, Voyages Extraordinaires, and Scientific Romances”

Science Fiction, LMC 3214, Summer 2014: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Day 2 of 2)

During today’s LMC 3214 Science Fiction class, I continued my lecture on the importance of the Biology of Mind to Frankenstein specifically and Science Fiction generally. In the last lecture, I ended on a discussion of the empiricist vs. rationalist debates. Then, I turned to the questions, “How and why do we enjoy literature?” IContinue reading “Science Fiction, LMC 3214, Summer 2014: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Day 2 of 2)”