I’ve got a conflict tonight (a late in the day sequence of medical appointments) and so I’ve had to cancel class. Here’s how I want to keep us moving in my absence.
Discussion of Reading:
Let’s discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in its entirety next week. As you read, keep thinking on how this abuts your own interests, and the conversations of your area and/or discipline. (In class next week, we’ll do some research, locating scholarship related to this text, which we will read for the following week.)
Writing Projects: Online Discussion
Your read around is due tonight. (I’ve set the drop box to accept them as “on time” until 11:59 pm, so if you need a bit of extra time, you have some.)
Let’s use the comments feature, below, to discuss this project? I’ll try to watch closely to answer your questions and help you think through this.
An idea: I’ve been wanting to encourage you to reach out to faculty who you might want to be on your committee or otherwise work with. THIS might be a great time to do so. Talking through the questions posed in the assignment with professionals already working in areas you share an interest in could be very generative!
In our “Area 3: On Research and Writing” assignment sequence, you are asked to develop a research proposal (due 10/17), a conference proposal (due 10/24), and an annotated bibliography (due 11/14, supporting a conference paper due in the final portfolio). To get us started thinking on this work, you were asked to do the following:
Search the internet and see if you can find examples of people delivering conference talks (preferably in our field).
Locate a CFP (or two or three) for conference you are interested in. Search their websites for old convention programs (to read the abstracts for sessions).
Let’s discuss your exploration of conference proceedings. (I’ve brought with me some sample conference programs for your perusal. Don’t let me forget to hand them around!)
Writing a Conference Proposal
What conferences did you find that you might be interested in? (Let’s play with creating a proposal for it!) Here’s the basic framework I was taught:
One of the documents you will include in your final portfolio is your c.v. I wanted, then, to spend some time working on these together. Please put together a c.v. (or revise your existing c.v.). In the next week or so, I’ll open a dropbox so you can hand these in to me for feedback. Let’s walk through some samples (and resources) to help you with this process.
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.
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?
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.
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: