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My (intermittent) thoughts on writing program administration, teaching and learning, faculty professional development, higher ed, and poetry/poetics.

See the original NY Times article here. Assuming one defines “contingent” as “non-tenure-track,” I am a contingent faculty member, though one with far greater job stability than most, particularly those whose “jobs” consist of putting together several part-time appointments at multiple institutions. I have a full-time position, with strong health and retirement benefits (the same,…

Read More Notes on “The Bleak Job Landscape of Adjunctopia for Ph.D.s”

As with most things pedagogical, my teaching takes many cues from John Bean’s Engaging Ideas. For me, at the heart of Bean’s book are two foundational concepts: Students are engaged by ideas—and those ideas are the same questions and concepts that you (the scholar-teacher teaching those students) are engaged by. Following from this insight, coursework is focused…

Read More Using Shared Questions and Expert-like Activities to Promote Student Engagement

“Precarization means more than insecure jobs, more than the lack of security given by waged employment. By way of insecurity and danger it embraces the whole of existence, the body, modes of subjectivation. It is threat and coercion, even while it opens up new possibilities of living and working. Precarization means living with the unforeseeable,…

Read More Notes re: a Poetics of Contingency

The recent publication of an article I co-authored, “State of the Field: Teaching with Digital Tools in the Writing and Communication Classroom” marks the end (or at least a possible end) to a long and fruitful project. The project began in postdoctoral seminars in technical communication pedagogy (Fall 2013) and in research methodologies (Spring 2014),…

Read More Community and/as Professional Development (+ A New Article Publication)
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