Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Dissertation Defense Opening Statement, May 15, 2012

This is the sixty-fourth 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, PhD in English, Dissertation Defense Opening Statement, May 15, 2012”

Recovered Writing, PhD in English, Teaching College Writing, Assignment Design: Team-Based Competitive Blogging with Portfolio Integration, July 1, 2008

This is the fifty-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, PhD in English, Teaching College Writing, Assignment Design: Team-Based Competitive Blogging with Portfolio Integration, July 1, 2008”

ENGL1101 Sections G3 and L, Fall 2013, Project 2 Narrative Videos Based on John Medina’s Brain Rules

I revised my “Maximizing the Brain” Project 2 Assignment for my current ENGL1101 students at Georgia Tech. It is currently in its third iteration, and I have ideas for its fourth iteration with more radical changes. In the meantime, my current students have delivered their unique takes on their chosen chapters from John Medina’s BrainContinue reading “ENGL1101 Sections G3 and L, Fall 2013, Project 2 Narrative Videos Based on John Medina’s Brain Rules”

English Language Reading Advice and Strategies for My ESL Students (and Native English Speakers, too)

This morning, I met with an ESL student from one of my ENGL 1101 classes. She sought advice about how to improve her English reading speed and comprehension. We discussed various strategies for about 40 minutes. While we were talking,  I thought that our conversation might be useful for other ESL students (as well asContinue reading “English Language Reading Advice and Strategies for My ESL Students (and Native English Speakers, too)”

My ENGL 1101 Syllabus for “Writing the Brain: Composition and Neuroscience”

My English composition students at Georgia Tech are now well into their second major project, so I figured that I should get in gear and post my syllabus for my newly designed, WOVEN (written, oral, visual, electronic, and nonverbal) focused ENGL 1101 syllabus. The title of my class is “Writing the Brain: Composition and Neuroscience.”Continue reading “My ENGL 1101 Syllabus for “Writing the Brain: Composition and Neuroscience””

Fellow Kent State English Department Bloggers

This semester, I led two workshops on Blogging in the Classroom and Blogging in the Profession. Two of the workshop attendees, who also happen to be my friends at Kent State, forwarded me their blogs to share here: Courtney Werner’s Land of Nod and Twitter @lilithladiosa2k Lindsay B Steiner’s Twitter @lbsteiner Courntey and Lindsay write aboutContinue reading “Fellow Kent State English Department Bloggers”

KSU English Colloquium, Sara Newman’s “Movement, Madness, and Medicine as Portrayed in The Insane Hospital Reports”

After spending the morning watching NHK about the probable meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant and responding to student essays, I drove to school today for the Kent State English department’s scheduled colloquium with Professor Sara Newman. She presented her findings in a presentation titled, “Movement, Madness, and Medicine as Portrayed in The Insane Hospital Reports.”Continue reading “KSU English Colloquium, Sara Newman’s “Movement, Madness, and Medicine as Portrayed in The Insane Hospital Reports””

James Franco Also English PhD Student

I just read on The New York Times that the actor James Franco is also an English PhD student. He is apparently a full time PhD student at Yale and a MA student in the film program at New York University. Find out more about this Hollywood star and professional student here: James Franco’s 2 RolesContinue reading “James Franco Also English PhD Student”

AGES’ Second Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium

Christa Teston sent out a reminder about the Association of English Graduate Students’ second annual Graduate Student Research Symposium at Kent State University.  You should join us, because I’ll be there representing the English Literature folks with my “Time Enough for Twitter:   Postmodern Science Fiction and  Online Personas” essay from ICFA.  Last year, IContinue reading “AGES’ Second Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium”

Stephen R. Donaldson at Kent State University

Stephen R. Donaldson, the well-known SF and fantasy author of the Thomas Covenant series, visited his alma mater today, Kent State University.  Before the glitz and glamour of professional writing, he was a graduate student at Kent State.  He earned his MA in English Literature here, and he began his PhD in which he wasContinue reading “Stephen R. Donaldson at Kent State University”