This month I was honored to be recognized as the Society of Early Americanists’ Junior Scholar of the Month. I was nominated by a scholar in the field, and provided an interview to the SEA. You can read it here: https://www.societyofearlyamericanists.org/whats-new-announcements/sea-junior-scholar-of-the-month-for-october-stacey-dearing
Working with the SEA is part of my ongoing dedication to service in the field. I am privileged to be able to work with such generous, inspirational scholars!
I don’t usually get excited about Google Doodles, but yesterday they honored Mary Prince’s 230th birthday. Prince was the first black woman to publish a slave narrative in England, and was an ardent abolitionist. Here’s a quote from the Google piece that stands out:
“I have been a slave myself,” Prince wrote in The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave. “I know what slaves feel—I can tell by myself what other slaves feel, and by what they have told me. The man that says slaves be quite happy in slavery—that they don’t want to be free—that man is either ignorant or a lying person. I never heard a slave say so.”
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!
My first article was published on March 28th in the peer-reviewed journal Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. I’m absolutely thrilled to have a hard copy of the article. I’d also like to thank Hilary Wyss for encouraging this article from its inception, Nush Powell for helping me revise it for publication, and my colleagues at Purdue for reading drafts and providing helpful feedback.
You can purchase this article on the Dialogue website: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/archive/dialogue-premium-content/spring-2018/
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.
My first article, “Remember Me: Discursive Needlework and the Sewing Sampler of Patty Bartlett Sessions” was published today in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
I would like to thank Hilary Wyss for encouraging this project from it’s inception; many thanks also to Nush Powell and Kristina Bross for helping me revise it for publication.
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!
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