Sample Syllabi and Course Websites

Sample Syllabi and Course Websites

Below are links to syllabi have developed and used for teaching undergraduate English composition and history courses. Please feel free to use and modify anything you see here. I’m standing on the shoulders of the amazing instructors who helped me. All I ask is that you pay it forward and be generous with the newbies in your life. Beginning English Composition | Spring 2016 Course Website (Includes Syllabus) Intermediate English Composition | Winter 2016 Syllabus World History: 1500-1900 | Summer 2016 Syllabus Sample…

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A Creative Commons Primer for Graduate Students [GradHacker]

A Creative Commons Primer for Graduate Students [GradHacker]

My March post for GradHacker is all about the Creative Commons and how you can use it in graduate school! Summers in North Carolina were always long, boring, and hot. In order to survive the humidity, my sister and I would spend the morning at the community pool and the afternoon stuck inside. While Kristin preferred to play with her Little People, I would take over the kitchen countertop, covering it with crayons, colored paper, scissors, eight kinds of markers,…

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Complex Writing Projects; Simple Writing Logs

Complex Writing Projects; Simple Writing Logs

Although my writing projects tend to be short, meaning measured by number of words instead of pages, my dissertation is one huge exception. Managing it and keeping myself motivated and accountable requires some outside structure, some sort of device that tracks my progress and doesn’t ding me for not “measuring up.” I have tried some really great software, apps, and online accountability programs (special shout-out to 750 Words); however, they tend to be too complicated, too punitory, or too expensive…

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The Importance of Female Friendship in Graduate School [GradHacker]

The Importance of Female Friendship in Graduate School [GradHacker]

My most recent post for GradHacker is a #gradschoolgalentines love letter to all the women who have helped me get where I am today! I cannot remember the context, but sometime in high school, when I was sixteen, living in the suburbs, and hopelessly devoted (obsessed?) with the latest music, I was asked whether I prefer male or female singers. As I was answering–something about how men sang more interesting songs–it dawned on me: I was full of shit! How…

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Lowering the Stakes with Online Writing: A Case Study [GradHacker]

Lowering the Stakes with Online Writing: A Case Study [GradHacker]

In my latest post, I walk you through how I solved a pedagogical problem using a digital tool… I have written several posts on digital literacy and pedagogy for GradHacker, many of which suggest ways to incorporate digital components into undergraduate courses. The overarching theme to all of my advice is simple: start with clearly articulated learning goals, and then find the right digital tools to achieve them. Not only does this help you focus on the learning objectives instead…

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Three Books that Changed my Dissertation [GradHacker]

Three Books that Changed my Dissertation [GradHacker]

In this month’s post on GradHacker, I discuss Stephen King, Anne Lamott, and… Julia Child!?! Writing is hard. It can be isolating, messy, frustrating, mentally taxing, and a constant exercise in self-discipline. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either riding a great wave of creative productivity (which will eventually recede) or is trying to sell you something (like a new irreplaceable productivity tool). Occasionally though, when you are able to perfectly express yourself on the page and block out your…

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On Congressman George Brown’s Papers and Completed Projects

On Congressman George Brown’s Papers and Completed Projects

Finally, after two years of hard work, an email arrived from my former supervisor, Jessica Geiser, telling me that the Congressman George Brown Papers were done! They were processed and posted online for the whole world to see! Fantastic news, and, yet, it made me a little sad, a little teary-eyed. Large projects, ones that take years to come together and require meticulous planning, are hard to leave behind. They train your brain to always be solving problems, thinking simultaneously…

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Imaging Catherine: Collecting on Behalf of the Empire

Imaging Catherine: Collecting on Behalf of the Empire

Our journey today does not begin with Catherine, but with a German merchant–Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky (1710-1775), a man described as “a gallant German, stupid, comely, cordial.” Although he made his fortune selling desirable trinkets and dealing art to wealthy noblemen, Gotzkowsky decided to buy a porcelain factory during the economic turmoil that followed the Seven Years’ War. Sadly for him the regional economy remained unstable, and, despite luring many gifted artisans to his factory, he had difficulty remaining solvent. When…

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