Area 2, Class Plan, Field-forum-audience, Final Portfolio, Methodology Map, Read-around

Setting goals (and taking names)


Syllabus Change

Tonight, we start Area 2. Note that I’ve reversed parts 1 and 2, and shifted due dates slightly from what was in the syllabus. Below, you’ll see the due dates for all major writing projects this term. (We will also do some smaller assignments, like creating or revising a c.v., mostly in class workshops.) You can see that Areas 2 and 3 will overlap slightly.


Discussion of readings

“An Open Letter to New Graduate Students”“What predicts grad school success?”+ “How to Be a Successful Grad Student: Insider Advice” “You’ll Need Different Study Skills for Graduate School vs. College”+“Creating a Research Agenda”+“!2 Tips for Surviving and Thriving in Grad School”“10 Unwritten Rules for Success in Grad School”+ “We are not Imposters”

Did any of you take a strengths quiz of any sort? Which one? What did it say? What do you think of that? What strengths do you bring with you as you begin the work ahead of you?

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Dr. L’s HighFive results

Our Course Website + Locating Resources

  • I said we’d return to the questions of whether or not to lock or WordPress spaces, and whether you all want to be authors on the site. What do you think?
  • What resources do you think you need? What resources might we have on campus, or locally? Should we spend some time looking for them, and linking them to our resources page? What needs remain?

Professional documents portfolio workshop:
discussion & revision of goals statement

At the end of the term, you’ll set up a digital portfolio, to include a number of items. In support of that portfolio, we will be building on the goals statement you handed in tonight. This document might turn into several others: a cover letter for your final portfolio, a statement of professional interests for that, or…? it might also help you articulate your interests in ways that lead to a research question, or even trajectory. “Just” articulating and planning towards achieving goals  is a pretty necessary academic genre, required in some promotion and tenure processes.

When I assigned this, we left it pretty open. I’d like to invite you now to add details (maybe?) and to continue thinking through and building on these ideas. Check out the addendum to the prompt, here, which I hope will assist you. You don’t have to have a revision of this done anytime soon. We are just going to see what this document turns into between now and the final portfolio. I’ll be returning your writing (with comments) next week.

Exploring “Area 2: Getting to Know the Field”

Let’s take a few minutes to look over the prompts for your next writing assignments (or perhaps the next two?) and then talk through your questions and ideas. I’ve done this assignment sequence myself: they come to you through one of my mentors, Dr. Malea Powell (and I even dug out my responses to them for your amusement). Then I thought we might spend some time workshopping these in whatever ways seem helpful to you all. (We might start by doing some brainstorming and exploring together, then gathering into groups according to your programs and interests?)

Planning for our guests

I thought it might be a good idea to come up with a list of questions and topics we’d like to be sure to ask each of our guests? We don’t have to keep to just the list, but then, if you’re not sure what to ask, you’ve got this to pull from. What do you think?

I’ll bring the Keurig and some tea bags, too. Should we bake? (I love to bake. Any excuse to bake. LOL)

I just realized, last night late, that the email we drafted together never made it to me, so I wrote another and sent it out today. I’ve heard from the following, so far:

  • 9/12: Brian Fehler, Gray Scott,
  • 9/19: Ashley Bender, Liam Lanigan

For next time:

  • Read McComiskey, Ch. 1-3 and Hayot, 1-3

1 thought on “Setting goals (and taking names)”

  1. *Back-channel hash tag suggestions, anybody?*

    Questions for Guests:

    1. How long have you been at TWU?
    2. What do you like about TWU?
    3. Where did you come from? What did you do before becoming a professor?
    4. What are your research interests? Anything unique that wasn’t included in the Handbook?
    5. Are you available for being committee chair/members?
    6. What is your teaching philosophy?
    7. How are you motivated and how do you motivate others?
    8. What are your favorite conferences?
    9. Are you a part of any professional organizations?
    10. What special topics courses have you taught or third area exams have you supervised?
    11. Do you work with any other departments on campus?
    12. What are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?


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