English Program Coordinators
Fire Up Again!
Program Coordinators were established when Maggie Harada was chair of the English department to help shoulder the huge leaderships tasks that come with a huge department.
Creative Writing – Laura Burns and Jeffery White
Literature – Elizabeth Harazim and Nan Ma
Pre-College Programs – Sean Allen
Accelerated Program – David Lopez-Kopp and Donna Miguel
Composition and Technical Writing – Natalie Martinez
Heat’s On! Course Outcomes –
Working Meeting Friday, June 13th 1:30 – 3:30
One of the first tasks the coordinators will be leading us through is the redesign of course outcomes for ALL of our English courses. This work must be done by June 30th, 2014 in order to help the college prepare for our upcoming accreditation visit. (Yes, we, too, are rolling our eyes. Again? Revise them again?!)
We need the expertise of as many English department faculty members as possible at this meeting. We would like to move through all of our outcomes in this single three hour meeting. Adjunct faculty will be paid for attending.
Scott and Suzy are happy to announce that eight faculty members have been granted affiliated status for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to Barbara Butler, Donna Cowan, Karrin Peterson, Debbie Pope, Cassie Cross, Tobi Rosenberg, Paula Sebastian, and Lynne Walker. These annually affiliated faculty will join our life-time affiliated faculty, Nancy Eichner, James Goldsmith, and Kathleen White. If you have questions about affiliation or are interested in applying for affiliation next year, contact Suzy Lepeintre or Scott Bessho.
Hyesu Park has successfully defended her dissertation! Please congratulate Dr. Park when you see her next. Hyesu’s dissertation is focused on post-1945 Asian American literature. She explores the continued formation of Asian American literature after WWII as well as investigating how it interfaces with American literature. She pays particular attention to how authors choose to reframe historical events to create innovative fictions.
100-level Technical Writing Course to Pilot Fall 2014
Karrin Peterson is on track to pilot a 100-level Technical Writing class this Fall. The course will run as ENGL 194 – Special Studies in English while she pilots the curriculum. All seats for the pilot will be reserved for students in the Autism Spectrum Navigators Program. Maggie Harada, Michelle Chavez, Susan Roselle, and Sara Gardner (from the Disability Resource Center) are all part of the team Karrin is working with to bring this about. We are very grateful to everyone involved for seeking to create this option for students.
Discipline Specific English 101 Sections to Pilot Fall 2014
Nan Ma, Jim Dicus, Paula Sebastian, and Lynne Walker will launch discipline specific English 101 sections for Fall 2014! Nan has been working with programs across the campus to develop discipline specific English 101 sections. Faculty in Business have been the first to engage fully with the project and because of that engagement, Nan, Jim, Paula and Lynne are ready to move forward and offer Business content specific English 101 sections this Fall.
Superstars Seeking New Horizons
Tenured English instructor Roger George and reading lab instructor Belle Geodeke are retiring. It’s unbelievable. How can we picture the English Department and the Reading Lab without them? They are joining other stellar colleagues like Pat Andrus, Arline Davis and Linda Leeds, who officially separated from the college earlier this Spring.
WAC Workshops in the Faculty Commons Spring 2014
Nan Ma has been working for the Faculty Commons, developing and leading a variety of workshops designed to help faculty across the disciplines teach and assess writing in their classes. Nan organized the following workshops this Spring 2014
- Writing Prompt Design with co-presenters Catherine Berkenfield, Donna Cowan, and Roger George
- Grading Rubric Design and Revision Guidelines with co-presenters Natalie Martinez and Gordon Leighton
- Effective Peer Reviews with co-presenters Elizabeth Harazim, David Lopez-Kopp, and Garrett Nichols
Each workshop generated rich and productive conversations about writing and teaching. Instructors from Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, Chemistry and the Writing Lab participated and shared their approaches to teaching and using writing in their classrooms.
University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Conference
Catherine Berkenfield is the outgoing Faculty Lead of the Mentoring Programs in the Faculty Commons. She’s built an amazing program and now gets to share her insights as a presenter at the October University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Conference (http://mentor.unm.edu/).
Reading Lab Revisioned
The Reading Lab is experimenting with new models for supporting students’ reading success across disciplines. All reading lab instructors will be taking the Reading Apprenticeship course and all accelerated 092/101 and 093/101 courses for Fall 2014 will bring their classes to the Reading Lab for small group and one-on-one reading support. Questions? Contact Megan Hansen
The Creative Writing Program faculty have met and decided upon an annual schedule of classes, complete with faculty course assignments. They have provided Suzy with the 2014-2015 course schedule and faculty assignments. If you are interested in getting involved with the Creative Writing program, contact Laura Burns or Jeffery White.
The Pre-College Program faculty have been developing shared curriculum for the STEPS program. If you are interested in this curriculum project please contact Sean Allen.