• When Students Have Nothing to Say

      A common complaint from students is that they have nothing to say in response to an assignment.  Part of the challenge hiding behind that complaint is, I think, the very challenge of assuming a voice of ac...
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  • Oh MLA, Really, Again?

    I suppose many of us are grappling with the significant changes to MLA citation in the organization’s eighth handbook.  I know I am.   Change happens, particularly as our technologies of publication co...
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  • On Grit

    Part of my work as Associate Dean for the college involves overseeing Student Academic Services, our advising office.  I meet regularly with Laura Mooney, the Director, to discuss issues and plan new initiatives....
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  • Teaching Fake News

    There’s a lot of news out there now about fake news.  I think the topic offers a wonderful opportunity for the writing classroom, particular for any class that involves research.  Not only can students...
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  • Teaching Censorship

    As I write, there’s a lot in the news about gagging.  USDA scientists were put on “lockdown” and ordered not to release any public-facing documents or social media posts (a rule quickly reversed...
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  • How Do You Handle Reproductive Rights?

    As I write this post, a series of presidential directives have already touched on the always-sensitive areas of abortion and reproductive rights.  This is something I don’t usually teach because it is so ch...
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  • Hate Speech and Course Evaluations

    How do you balance the need for students to offer anonymous feedback on courses with the need to protect faculty from hate speech?   One of my colleagues in English received some extremely disturbing comments o...
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  • A Guest Blogger Talks about Using Writing Activities Outside the FYC Classroom

    Michael Clark, our guest blogger this week, is currently an MA student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University, having completed a BA in English and a minor in psychology while working a...
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  • Teaching the Women’s March

    Oh wow, how amazing.  I am writing this just shortly after women marched not only in DC, but around the world.  Some of our students and faculty participated in local marches, returning renewed and re-energi...
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  • Fostering Failure

    I’ve been reflecting on my recent experience chairing our department of Visual Arts and Art History, and in particular the work I was able to do on a thesis committee for one of our MFA students.  I found i...
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  • Teaching Facebook Live Video

    As I write this post, the situation around the live video of four young black people attacking and torturing a special needs white teen continues to develop.  When I first heard about the video, I thought of anot...
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  • Art: Bringing It Back to Us

    In this series of posts, I am looking at what we can learn from peer feedback practices in other disciplines. Lynn McNutt talked to me about peer feedback in acting.   My chat with Lynn focused largely on the log...
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  • Acting: Emotion

    In this series of posts, I am looking at what we can learn from peer feedback practices in other disciplines. Lynn McNutt talked to me about peer feedback in acting.   Beyond the need to develop a vocabulary of t...
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  • Acting: Developing a Vocabulary

    What can we learn by exploring peer feedback practices in other disciplines?  That’s the central question driving this series of posts.  So far I’ve looked at creative writing and the studio arts...
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  • Consider the Crit: The Future

    In this series of posts I am looking at what we can learn from peer feedback practices in other disciplines. Andy Brown and Sharon Hart talked to me about the studio art critique.   In my last post, I considered ...
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  • Consider the Crit: The Past

    In this series of posts I am looking at what we can learn from peer feedback practices in other disciplines. Andy Brown and Sharon Hart talked to me about the studio art critique.   Critique in the art classroom ...
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  • Consider the Crit: Putting the "Crit" in "Critical Thinking"

    In this series of posts I am looking at what we can learn from peer feedback practices in other disciplines. Andy Brown and Sharon Hart talked to me about the studio art critique.   Many differences emerged as I ...
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  • Consider the Crit: Fear

    In this series of posts I am looking at what we can learn from peer feedback practices in other disciplines. Andy Brown and Sharon Hart talked to me about the studio art critique.   Fear.   I guess walking i...
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  • Consider the Crit: Mechanics

    What can we learn by exploring peer feedback practices in other disciplines? That’s the central question driving this series of posts. I started close to home in my last few posts by considering workshop practic...
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  • Polydisciplinary Perspectives on Peer Practices, IV

    I imagine that I’ve made things seem pretty sunshine-and-rainbows in these last few posts, as I have shared my discoveries from discussing peer commenting practices in FYC and creative writing with my colleagues...
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