I’m a Recipient of this Year’s Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award!

Recently, I was told that I was a recipient of this year’s Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology! The selection criteria for the Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award are: “During the Fall 2012 and/or Spring 2013 semesters, a CIOS [Course-Instructor Opinion Survey] response rateContinue reading “I’m a Recipient of this Year’s Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award!”

I Have Been Chosen as a 2011-2012 David B. Smith Fellowship Recipient

I learned last week by mail that I have been chosen as a 2011-2012 recipient of Kent State University’s David B. Smith Fellowship. According to the congratulatory letter from Dr. Mary Ann Stephens, Dean of Graduate Studies, the David B. Smith Fellowship is “an award given annually in honor of David B. Smith, a magnaContinue reading “I Have Been Chosen as a 2011-2012 David B. Smith Fellowship Recipient”

Student Portfolios on Writing the Brain Received, Time to Read, Reflect, and Grade

Today, my Freshmen College Writing students submitted their final portfolios to me by email. During this past semester, we learned about the human brain together, and they wrote about their experiences following different modes: reports, reviews, and meditations. This class was an experiment in combining my current research interests in cognitive science and cultural studentsContinue reading “Student Portfolios on Writing the Brain Received, Time to Read, Reflect, and Grade”

I Received a Kenneth R. Pringle Research Fellowship for 2011-2012

At last night’s Kent State English Department Awards Ceremony, I received a Kenneth R. Pringle Research Fellowship for the 2011-2012 school year. This fellowship gives me a service free semester to focus on research and writing. I plan to use this time, in part, to travel to several special collections to perform research related toContinue reading “I Received a Kenneth R. Pringle Research Fellowship for 2011-2012”

SFRA Award Winners for 2010, Congratulations to All

Science Fiction Research Association President Lisa Yaszek announced the 2010 SFRA Award winners in the following categories. Congratulations to everyone. I can say from my experience on the Mary Kay Bray Award committee for the second year that there were a lot of fantastic reviews and essays considered. From reading everything in this past year’sContinue reading “SFRA Award Winners for 2010, Congratulations to All”

2008 Locus Award Winners

The 2008 Locus Awards were announced yesterday–congratulations to the winners! SF NOVEL The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon (HarperCollins) FANTASY NOVEL Making Money, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperCollins) YOUNG ADULT BOOK Un Lun Dun, China Miéville (Ballantine Del Rey; Macmillan UK) FIRST NOVEL Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz) NOVELLA “After the Siege”, Cory DoctorowContinue reading “2008 Locus Award Winners”