In the beginning of this semester, I asked my students to write a short reflection on how they learned to read and write. The assignment was an abbreviated version of what we traditionally call a literacy narrative in the field of writing and rhetoric. Literacy narratives are popular assignments in composition classrooms, and if you have taught ENC 1101 or 1102, you have probably assigned some variety of a literacy narrative. Pedagogically, they offer powerful ways of helping students connect... Read More
The work we do as undergraduate and master’s students tends to prepare us with invaluable foundations in a field of knowledge and skills in interpretation and writing, but the structure of those degrees tends to insulate us from a broader understanding of the university as an institution or academia as a culture. We then can gain that knowledge during the PhD, but this has traditionally been an informal process as part of general mentorship from one’s adviser and so highly variable.
With... Read More
As I was riding Spaceship Earth at Epcot a few weeks ago, I had a light bulb moment: Spaceship Earth is a representation of human relationships with technology, as it is meant to be, but it can also be a symbol for the discipline of Texts & Technology.
If you don’t have familiarity with this ride, it is at the entrance to Epcot, Disney’s permanent World’s Fair theme park. The ride is housed in a geodesic sphere a la Buckminster Fuller, also known as “the giant golf ball.” Opened... Read More
My high school basketball coach once told me, “A rising tide lifts all ships.” I think he just wanted to motivate me to box-out more when the shots went up, but his point was that when we work unselfishly together toward goals, it benefits everyone. I never thought that basketball advice could apply to academia, until I finished my second year in the T&T program.
Academia is an uber-competitive space. Admission departments judge who gets in from who does not. Why? Because academia... Read More
Ah, summer. That beautiful period that comes right after a taxing semester of meetings, courses, and complex critical theory. Depending on your situation, this might be a time of excitement as you have finally booked that dream vacation to Malaga, Spain (make sure you visit Gibraltar), or it could be financially distressing in that your stipend will be placed on hold for a couple of months. However, before you relax, look into gainful employment, hit the beach, or sign up for intramural... Read More