Been a book reviewing machine…

lately! I was invited recently by two journals (both of which have homes here at the University of Georgia) to review books for upcoming issues and those reviews are now published.

The first is for the International Journal of ePortfolio, (whose co-Executive Editor is UGA’s Center for Teaching and Learning Director, Eddie Watson) and on which I serve as a reviewer. My review of and Katherine V. Wills and Rich Rice’s edited collection, ePortfolio Performance Support Systems (2013), is available in Volume 5, Issue 1 (2015).

The second is for the Journal of Language and Literacy Education, published by the Department of Language and Literacy Education in UGA’s College of Education. I reviewed Paul Lynch’s After Pedagogy for Volume 11, Issue 1 (Spring 2015).

I really enjoyed reading and thinking about both these texts and I can already see the way some of the ideas from both are working their way into my teaching and research interests. And, bonus, I was asked by IJeP to use a revision table in making my manuscript revisions per the reviewer’s comments and suggestions, and that technique is one I brought into my technical and professional writing classroom this semester. I think it was extremely effective in helping students identify and articulate specific actionable revisions from my feedback and then taking action on each item. Will be using revision tables more often in my own classes!

Museums, Exhibits, Websites

From 9/9/2014 (drafted; edited & published 5/4/15):

In light of some of my recent thinking about space and curation and digital media, I scheduled a class trip with Writing for the Web this semester to the Georgia Museum of Art. We have just begun work on a project designing a new website for Hawkinsville/Pulaski County, GA, so it was a bit of a detour to take a break only a week into that project to go wander through an art museum and thinking esoteric thoughts about space and arrangement and juxtaposition and display, but I hope the method in the madness pays off. I wanted to just get down some of my ideas from today’s visit before they start losing their initial brightness.

  • Mary Kirk Wallace exhibit – actual magnifying glasses available for museum-goers to look more closely at the fine detail of her small pieces (direct connection to the zoom in digital space – even the visual metaphor of the magnifying glass)
  • Shapes That Talk to Me (part of Art Rocks ATH) exhibit – integration into permanent collection was good and problematic to me
  • 3 dimensions – sculpture and decorative arts – how can this aspect of RL exhibits be captured in digital space?
  • juxtaposition of disparate makes similarities – gestalt principles at work

UGA Department of English Graduation: Faculty Address 2013

I was honored to be selected by the English Department‘s Student Advisory Committee, which represents the undergraduate majors in our department, to give the faculty address at the departmental graduation ceremony in May 2013. The ceremony was held at the beautiful UGA Chapel and was a lovely event to honor our great students and their achievement in earning their A.B., English. In thinking about what to say, I was influenced by the cultural conversations around big data and the relevance of the humanities. I decided to return to a favorite author’s work for inspiration and would like to share the text of my speech.

2013 English Department Graduation: Faculty Address

Futures of the Book: Faculty Panel Talk, April 2013

Futures
It was my pleasure to participate in the Faculty Panel at the April 2013 “Futures of the Book” Symposium at the University of Georgia. The Faculty Seminar on the Book is sponsored by a grant from the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and is run by my English Department colleague, Miriam Jacobson and Anne Myers Devine of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, which is a very cool part of our larger Russell Special Collections Library. I was joined on the panel by Chris Eaket (English), Eileen Wallace (Book Arts), and Mark Callahan (Ideas for Creative Exploration). The plenary speaker for the symposium was the great Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Strategist and Lecturer at Emory University. There was a lot of great synergy between all of our talks. Here’s the text of mine and a link to my Prezi for a little visual stimulation!

[De]Composing the Book: Distribution, Degradation, and the [Dis]Embodied Digital

Written with the Body

I just hand-wrote a thank you note, something that has become increasingly difficult for me to do. No, not because I’m becoming less grateful for the kindnesses done toward me, or less conscious of the strict rules of etiquette I was raised with by my proper Southern mother and grandmother. I mean it has actually become increasingly hard for me to hand-write thank you notes (and notes of all kinds, really) in a literal, physical sense. The note card space is especially daunting to me as it is generally quite small and, thus, forces me to keep my script condensed, controlled. My hand rebels and my writing, though it tends to start off lovely and flowing, quickly becomes halting and error-ridden as I struggle to control the movement of the pen. I start a word and then “miss” a letter, going back to try to alter it as best I can without scratching out the word or throwing the pricey stationary card out altogether and starting over in frustration. The note card I just wrote on can’t be more than 4″x5″  on which I wrote probably 50 words, and yet my right hand now feels cramped and strained and I’m certain that when the recipient of it opens it, she will be unimpressed with the quality of my penmanship, perhaps even thinking that I scratched it off hurriedly and insincerely. Well, perhaps that last part is just me projecting my perfectionist fears, but still… Continue reading “Written with the Body”

Writing All Over the Place

Another two months go by without a new post. Alas. I’m learning that blogging is, for me, not turning out to be a daily (or even weekly or monthly) writing tool. I’ve been thinking a lot about this because I, for some reason, feel an inordinate amount of guilt for not blogging regularly. It’s like this blog sits here and taunts me, calling me out as a fake, a fraud, a writer who doesn’t write. It rebukes me, telling me that I don’t practice what I preach to my writing students when I tell them to write regularly, daily, to put that writing out there in public so that it becomes part of the swirl of conversation, of circulating discourse. But, I’ve realized something… Continue reading “Writing All Over the Place”

Diving back into the pool…

since it’s summer, after all! I’ve been completely derelict in my blogging duties and obligations for the last couple of months but, in my defense, it was a crazy spring work-wise. But I can’t say I’m sorry to have put the blogging on hold since it was done largely so I could have time to work with my students and their writing (including, for some of them, their own blogging). But now it’s time to be selfish… Continue reading “Diving back into the pool…”

Avatar and a couple of dichotomies

As I surfed the Web on Christmas day (having nothing better to do than Web surf by a roaring fire while watching my cat play with the new toys from her stocking), I came across this editorial about James Cameron’s blockbuster, Avatar, by Adam Cohen in that day’s New York Times online and I tweeted it the next day so I’d have it bookmarked for some later reflection once I’d had the chance to see the movie (which I did the day after Christmas with my buddy Lance). It’s later now, I’ve seen the movie, and it’s time to reflect. I’m actually glad I haven’t gotten to this until now, actually, because David Brooks weighs in on Avatar in today’s NYT, and he’s raising some of the issues that Cohen’s piece brought up for me, so now I can bounce off both articles and try to weave together some of the threads that have been dangling loosely in my mind. Gotta love it when stuff connects. Curious yet? Continue reading “Avatar and a couple of dichotomies”