Old Dad,

Old Grad

I'm a full-time assistant professor of English in northeastern Indiana. I have one child starting kindergarten, one continuing pre-school, and a very supportive spouse who is taking online courses. I was born in the mid-1970s. Oh, and I'm starting my graduate coursework toward a Ph. D. in American Literature at Ball State University in the fall of 2018.

I will begin posting information to this site much more regularly once my class begins in August 2018. This blog also provides readers with the supreme reading experience of my WordPress blog posts and the official Ball State English Department page information.

August 22, 2018

Today's the day! In a couple hours, I will be headed to Muncie for my first class as a student in over a decade. I'm so excited to begin this coursework! I had the opportunity to visit the campus late last week for a brief orientation. While there, I saw Dr. Rutter and some other graduate faculty members as well as a handful of my new classmates.

I read the first week's assignments over the past few days. Unlike my last stint in the classroom, I feel I'm much more organized when it comes to preparing for a weekly class. I produced just under three pages of notes for tonight's first meeting!

If I'm not too sleepy by the time I get home, I'll post a reaction to the first session.

August 24, 2018

I'm at home and just about to dig in to next week's readings. The first class went quite well, though there was a minor technology snafu. Everyone seemed a bit nervous at the beginning, but once the conversations were rolling, the mood of the room enhanced. I think it's going to be a really remarkable course! No time to blog now, though. My first reading of by Angela Davis, a figure from literary criticism whom I predict will be truly enlightening.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The second class session went very well! The discussion never really hit a lull, and everyone is getting more comfortable with one another. The first writing assignment is due next week, and the first student-presentation is also next week. I'm anxious to see how those go!

Wednesday, September 5

I'll be heading to class soon. I submitted my first paper last night. What a wake-up call for a professor to be a student! I was surprised how nervous/anxious I became as I was pouring over my draft, trying to ensure that it was the best it could be. I have a new-found respect for students submitting things online. Before this class, I'd never submitted material to a professor in a face-to-face class in an online format. I'm attaching the assignment below.

The readings were very interesting overall. I learned about Frances E. W. Harper and Ida B. Wells-Barnett the most. In fact, works by those two were my focus for this first response paper.

I'm already "behind" on managing this site. I think that, for it to be effective, I must add more than once per week. Let's see if I can accomplish three posts before Sept. 12.

Response 1 - Sept 5 "Shared Oppression"