Having this piece and this piece open in adjacent browser tabs is an interesting juxtaposition. Schuman isn’t wrong. The longer syllabi get, the lower the chances that students will read them; thus by making our syllabi so broad-ranging and explicit…

Even better than a straw man is an actual rhetorical opponent: in The Daily Beast, David Masciotra takes on James Pulizzi’s assertion that digital humanities will inevitably supplant traditional literary study. Pulizzi is inferring a dichotomy that may not, in fact,…

At Slate, William Deresiewicz compellingly discusses the value of mentorship. On his blog, digital humanist Jesse Stommel offers 12 steps for creating responsible digital pedagogy. And finally, Monsieur Le Prof keeps the “greatest hits” visible in his classroom. (“Do we have…

I am always pleased when students ask me for recommendation letters. The request shows a level of trust in our relationship that makes me think I am doing my job properly. It also demonstrates that the student is thinking ahead…

History of Print Field Trip

It’s that time of year again! My History of Print class visited Craig Burkhalter’s studio at the Contemporary Arts Exchange to practice letterpress printing and bookbinding. As usual we were warmly welcomed and learned a lot. Check out the photos…

An MGSC alumna recently directed my attention to Laura Miller’s essay in Slate on “elitism” in literary culture. The piece was excellent and so were our former student’s comments on it. She noted having originally felt that her professors were “highfalutin’”…

The new president of Middle Georgia State College, Christopher Blake, addressed the Macon campus faculty on Thursday, Jan. 9. After his presentation, my colleague Dr. Nancy Bunker and I were asked for our thoughts by a reporter from the Macon…

I’ve been curious about the new Common Core standards for English language arts that recommend the teaching of more nonfiction texts (literary nonfiction but also informational texts) in the curriculum. The value of exposing students to as wide a variety…

It’s finals week here at MGSC and students are feeling the stress of that time in the semester when everything comes due at once. Some of that stress is an artifact of the academic calendar, but sometimes (let’s be honest,…

I have only two quarrels with this excellent article.  Well, maybe three. 1. I’m not sure we can unscramble the eggs of theory, identity, gender & ethnic studies, etc. I’m even less sure that we should. 2. Corollary to #1:…