One of Siena’s intrepid school of liberal arts students did a write-up on the “Thinking About Going to Grad School” panel I participated in the other day! I’m so glad our advice can reach a larger audience!
On Wednesday, November 7th, I will be joining two of my English department colleagues to talk to our students about graduate school. Together, we’ll be offering honest advice about whether or not to pursue an MA, MFA, or PhD, and giving tips on what to know prior to starting an academic career. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience and hearing what questions Siena’s students have about grad school!
I’m super excited about the courses I will be teaching at Siena in the spring. In addition to teaching Writing 100 again (with a theme of conspiracy theories which my students are really enjoying!), I am also teaching a Short Story class focused on science fiction, and I’m putting together a brand new course on Rhetoric and Social media! Stay tuned for syllabi and assignment sheets on my teaching page (coming January 2019).
Yesterday I found out that I received an Honorable Mention for an Excellence in Teaching Award from the English Department at Purdue for my teaching during the 2017-2018 academic year. I’d like to thank my amazing students and my colleagues for pushing me to always work to be a better teacher!
Found my two of my students’ poster presentation at the Purdue Professional Writing Showcase! I’m super proud of all of the work my ENGL 422: Writing in the Health and Human Sciences students have done this semester. All of my 20 students presented their patient education materials at showcase this year.
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:
This year I had the privilege to serve as one of two writing instructors at the University of Michigan Warrior-Scholar Project. The student newspaper, the Michigan Daily, wrote an article about some of the awesome students and staff we had at the program this year! The photo features one of our students and my fellow writing instructor, Mary Beth Harris.