Teaching Award Fall 2017

On January 29th I received a Quintilian Award for my teaching for the fall 2017 semester. The award, given by the Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP) program, recognizes teachers who achieve exceptional course evaluations for English 106 classes.

My application score was a 4.9/5.0.

To receive the award, applicants must have a median score of 4.6/5.0 for the following 7 course evaluation categories:

–Overall, I would rate this course as…

–Overall, I would rate this instructor as…

–Course requirements are clear

–My instructor seems well prepared for class

–When I have a question or comment, I know it will be respected

–This course effectively challenges me to think

–My instructor shows respect for diverse groups of people

#twittercommunity

I recently received my copies of two new books on the history of medicine, and both authors responded to my twitter post, thus proving how awesome it is to be a part of the medical humanities! I’m actually teaching #TheButcheringArt in my Writing in the Health and Human Sciences class at Purdue next semester; I’m excited to talk to my students about the importance of communication in health care, as well as how the history of medicine informs their career trajectories as doctors, nurses, administrators, and public health professionals!

 

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Society of Early Americanists’ Scholar of the Month Program

As the twitter administrator for the Society of Early Americanists, I recently helped create and implement the new Scholar of the Month and Junior Scholar of the Month programs! This initiative is designed to raise awareness of and highlight the excellent teaching, research, community engagement, and other activities that SEA members are involved in. We also hope these monthly posts will help SEA members get to know each other and stay up to date on developments in the field. To learn more, and to see the inaugural post, visit the SEA website: Society of Early Americanists Scholar of the Month

Warrior Scholar 2015

In June of 2015 I had the honor of teaching 20 veterans at the University of Michigan’s second Warrior-Scholar Project. I was once again blown away by the dedication and perseverance the students showed as they struggled–and succeeded–to complete complex readings, participate in thoughtful class discussions, and write 3 papers–all in one week!

I wasn’t the only one to take notice of the program:

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/06/14/warrior-scholar-university-michigan/71222960/

Canvas Demo

For the Spring 2015 semester, I had the opportunity to use Canvas, an educational learning platform, as part of a pilot program through Purdue University’s Information Technology department. In addition to using the program in my English 106 class, I gave an information presentation evaluating the pros and cons of my experience with Canvas to members of the University who were not participating in the pilot but wanted to learn about the program. Below is a video of that presentation, given at Purdue on April 2, 2015.

EARG Colloquium 2015

The Purdue Early Atlantic Reading Group (EARG) Colloquium took place April 10-11 at the Purdue Graduate Student Center. The Keynote address was given by Professor Wendy Belcher of Princeton University.
The colloquium was a great success, with an average of 15 participants attending each panel. For more information, see the attached program (designed by Stacey Dearing), flyers (designed by Kim Hunter-Perkins), or visit earg.weebly.com.

The EARG Program, 2015:

Flyer 1:

Flyer 2: