This evening, I sat cross-legged on the tiled floor of our university’s art gallery amidst my writing colleagues and students. I listened as many of the students from my classes this year read their work that was published in the most recent issue of Vortex. I stared at the ground as I listened to smart creative… Continue reading End-of-Semester Self-Care
This is my presentation for #4c16 this year: “Reciprocal Disclosures: Co-Constructing Knowledge about Disability & Writing.” I presented on some of this dissertation research last year, which you can access here, but this year I am focusing on methodological challenges. *** In Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference, Stephanie Kerschbaum argues that writing studies research—despite… Continue reading #4c16
At the end of each semester, the students at my university are prompted (on their evaluation forms) to evaluate their instructors based on how the course was organized, whether or not the instructor gave prompt feedback, and whether or not they speak clear, standard English. Pause. “What does this mean? What do you all think… Continue reading Supporting Students’ Humanity
I am now always searching for safety, and I appreciate safe spaces—the ones I create for my students in a classroom, the ones I create with my writing and the ones others create, too—because there is so much unsafe space in this world. —Roxane Gay, “The Seduction of Safety, on Campus and Beyond” I’ve been… Continue reading Rape Culture in the College Classroom
I had every intention of writing a blog post at the end of last semester, but I thought the post would be more victorious than how it kept writing itself in my head. After I called a suicide hotline for the first time in my life, after my students called me crazy, after I cried… Continue reading Making It out Alive: The First Semester as an Assistant Professor
It’s difficult not to think about social media all the time, but it’s been one of the few things on my mind for the past week with what’s happening at Mizzou and now the slew of global tragedies. *** Mizzou: The Power & Threat of Social Media On Monday, I was shocked (truly and pleasantly shocked)… Continue reading Whose Lives Matter on Social Media?
Being a new tenure-track faculty member at a new school in a new town in a new state in a new geographical region is hard. It’s hard for all the reasons you’d expect it to be (what are the students like? who can you trust as a mentor? what’s the university climate? what do people… Continue reading “At Least I’m Not Insane”: Ongoing Reflections of a First-Semester Professor