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 rate of at least 85%, and either a class size of at least 40 students with a CIOS score for the question which reads, “Overall, this instructor is an effective teacher” of at least 4.8; or a class size of at least 15 students and a CIOS score for the same question of at least 4.9; or a 5 (or greater) credit course with a size of at least 10 and a CIOS score for the same question of at least 4.9.”

I qualified in the middle category, because my classes are typically 25 students/each and 3 credit hours/each.

I am deeply honored to be recognized by my students and institution with this award, and its monetary award is certainly helpful and appreciated.

Georgia Tech’s teaching awards will be given publicly at the upcoming Celebrating Teaching Day on March 6, 2014. I’m looking forward to it!

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 magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University, who passed away in 1982. This Fellowship is to recognize outstanding scholarship and research potential.”

I am deeply honored to have been nominated for this award by Dr. Tammy Clewell, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of English, and I express my sincere gratitude to the fellowship selection committee headed by Dr. Stephens. I would like to express my heartfelt gratefulness to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Smith for creating this fellowship in the memory of their son. I hope that my continuing work will reflect positively on this fellowship and what it represents.

Dr. Donald “Mack” Hassler, my dissertation director, and I will attend the Doctoral Students’ Academic Commitment Ceremony in October 2011 where I will be presented with this award.

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 students with my teaching pedagogy [If you would like to see the class’ syllabus, you can find it here].

I hope that my students found the course stimulating and beneficial despite it being what many of them characterized as a challenging course. As I read over these revised versions of my students’ earlier essays, I will reflect on those things that seemed to connect with my students and those things that did not connect with my students. Studying my students’ work will give me a better idea about how to revise my class in the future. I will also anticipate reading my student survey responses, which I should receive in the Fall.

I am happy to report that one student was excited about the class enough to nominate me for the 2011 Writing Program Outstanding Teaching Award. Unfortunately, I did not ultimately win the award, but it is very satisfying to know that a student cares enough about my teaching to take the time and effort to write an extended nomination letter on my behalf.

This may be my last student teaching experience at Kent State. In Fall 2011, I will work with Professor Derek Van Ittersum in the Office of Digital Composition where I will among other things put together workshops for faculty on using computer technologies and software in the classroom. In Spring 2011, I will have a service-free semester to complete my dissertation, because I received the Kent State Department of English Kenneth R. Pringle Fellowship.

To my past students: I will still be around Kent State, but I will no longer be in my old office. If I can offer advice or provide letters of recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me at dynamicsubspace at gmail com.

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 to my dissertation and a few unpublished articles.

The award ceremony was well attended by students and faculty in the English Department. Y and I represented the English Literature PhD students.

It was the last ceremony presided over by current Chair Ron Corthell, who is leaving the department after 30 years of service. Professor Donald “Mack” Hassler presented Professor Corthell with an Old English decree (and some good-natured ribbing) for his service to the department. I can attest to the good work of Professor Corthell, because he helped me deal with attacks on my blog publishing as a graduate student (here and here) and with professional issues relating to students. I wish Professor Corthell the best in his future work.

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’s SFRA Review to side reading in Extrapolation, Foundation, and the New York Review of Science Fiction, to name only a few, I can see the field of science fiction scholarship continuing its asymptotic assent into wider significance within and without the academy. Is there a singularity future for science fiction scholarship? If there is, what will science fiction scholarship look like ‘on the other side’? I can’t wait to find out. In the meantime, here are your 2010 SFRA Award Winners:

Pilgrim Award (for lifetime contributions to sf & f studies)
Eric Rabkin

Pioneer Award (for the most outstanding sf studies essay of the year)
Allison de Fren, “The Anatomical Gaze in Tomorrow’s Eve,” published in Science Fiction Studies No. 108, Vol. 36 (2), July 2009: 235-265)

Clareson Award (for distinguished service)
David Mead

Mary Kay Bray Award (for the best essay, interview, or extended review in the past year’s SFRA Review)
Ritch Calvin, “Mundane SF 101”

Student Paper Award (for the best paper presented at the previous year’s SFRA conference)
Andrew Ferguson, “Such Delight in Bloody Slaughter: R. A. Lafferty and the Dismemberment of the Body Grotesque”

2008 Locus Award Winners

The 2008 Locus Awards were announced yesterday–congratulations to the winners!

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)

Making Money, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperCollins)

Un Lun Dun, China Miéville (Ballantine Del Rey; Macmillan UK)

Heart-Shaped Box, Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz)

“After the Siege”, Cory Doctorow (The Infinite Matrix Jan 2007)

“The Witch’s Headstone”, Neil Gaiman (Wizards)

“A Small Room in Koboldtown”, Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Apr/May 2007)

The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, Connie Willis (Subterranean)

The New Space Opera, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos)

Breakfast in the Ruins, Barry N. Malzberg (Baen)

The Arrival, Shaun Tan (Lothian 2006; Scholastic)

Ellen Datlow



Charles Vess

Read the official announcement here.