Thanks for stopping by my professional Web site. While providing a space to post my credentials and publications, and so on, I also intend this site to be used by students, and, I hope, colleagues, as a space within which to share ideas, build resources, and provide research support.
In fact, most scholarly work is profoundly collaborative, and I think we’d be better off celebrating this fact than denying it, making amends for it, or attempting to circumvent it.
One of the big perks of academic work is the opportunity to learn with and from other scholars and students – those right down the hall, in the building next door, and across campus. The same is true when I do work with the theatre, or other artists, or community groups outside the university: I am learning at least as much as I’m contributing, and this seems to me one of the beauties of the scholarly endeavor.
In addition, my students' own interests are wide, varied, and outreaching, and I encourage them not merely to find and incorporate “outside research,” but to discover those folks in the field who are actively researching similar questions and to begin their own research with the bibliographies others have already assembled. I encourage students to visit the Web sites of other professionals in language studies and check out the institutional and programmatic Web pages that support their work as well. In fact, one of the main purposes of my site is to provide a space where students can build continually expanding bibliographies in our areas of interest.
I’d also like this to be a place where students can learn about the work of the university, whether by way of thinking about our three primary responsibilities as scholars (teaching, research, and service), exploring departmental concerns, articulating research agendas, and tapping into ongoing disciplinary conversations, students will be tapping into the history of ideas and the potentials for cross-fertilization of knowledge. The working Bibliographies page and the Resources page should help start and sustain some of these conversations.
Each of the sections of this site (even, I hope, the Gallery pages) should help to demonstrate the richness, depth, and scope of language studies. I’d like the site to provide a place where students can investigate the various types of programs that support language research, browse various scholarly tools and venues, and take advantage of course support, scholarly collaboration, and opportunities for student publication.
- Intellectual Diversity
This is, of course, my academic resume. Scholars must highlight and list aspects of their professional lives that mirror and develop the three main categories of academic responsibility: scholarship, teaching, and service. Accomplishment in these areas are then further parsed according to types and venues of scholarship (for instance, books, articles, chapters, talks, grants); types, categories, and numbers of courses taught and in development, as well as directed individual study with students; and service inside and outside the university. If you're preparing your first C.V., you're welcome to use this as one example, but be sure to consider other examples as well.
Full course syllabi for courses I've taught and for those under development. Please borrow whatever is useful to you, and do let me know about the successes and challenges you have with elements of the courses I've designed. It would be great if we could find ways to link like-syllabi and share course content between institutions. Any suggestions welcome!
I imagine this area of the site as a set of working documents. We have bibliographies underway already, but I hope some of these areas will be started by inviting scholars to contribute their documents to the project. These working bibliographies can then serve as research tools for students, who will, in turn, contribute to the bibliographies themselves as they work through their own research questions. Please feel free to suggest other bibliographies, and we'll get something started either from scratch or with your initial ideas gestating the area.
This is just for fun, but as I began to assemble the Gallery for this site, I realized it was quickly organizing itself around issues of language, text, culture, and art. So, though this section certainly has secondary and tertiary audiences (a way to share images with friends and family across the globe), it might also function as a meditation on reading and writing and the many, many ways knowledge is made, shaped, and modified every day. So, my Gallery will include images of research expeditions, projects in progress, “found text,” catching people reading and writing and making conversation and art, and all the other acts of “symbolic mediation” that make us think and connect us to other people and ideas.
This section of my professional site is designed especially for students. It is the only section of the site controlled by a membership requirement. I’ve added this forum in an attempt to provide a safe place for students to hash over questions they want/need to explore, but for which there are few open forums for their participation. Currently, students who are members of this forum are discussing two related and sensitive issues: policies and procedures surrounding tenure and promotion and questions of academic freedom and intellectual diversity. Though these conversations may segue unpredictably into other issues, this forum is intended only as a space within which to discuss questions central to the liberal arts education.
I hope this section will always be a work in progress, much like the bibliography section. This is the research hub of this site – it’s where you’ll find links to all sorts of Web-based resources related to Rhetoric and Composition, Women’s Studies, the philosophy of language, feminist theory, and any other areas of interdisciplinary language study my students may want to explore. We'll post URLs and links to other professional Web sites here, links to relevant programs, calls for papers, and other suggestions for research. Like the bibliography section, the helpfulness of this collection of resources is completely dependant on your contributions. Please share your finds with us!