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
I’m in the process of updating the website to include course evaluations from fall 2017 because I am exceptionally proud of how well my students did, and of my excellent course evaluations. Here’s a preview of the update:
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!
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
Interesting article from the Chronicle of Higher Ed on best practices for supporting undergraduate research! For humanities students, community partnerships with museums, archives, historical societies, and non-profits could be a way to engage students in low-cost research and service to the community!
Expanding Undergraduate Research
CBS This Morning on Warrior-Scholar
On 15 August 2017, CBS This Morning featured a piece on the Warrior-Scholar Project–including a brief reference to the course I teach with at the University of Michigan!
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:
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.
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: