Grant: Lecturers' Professional Development Fund (LPDF)
Project Title Overview of the Project
Participation in the 2020 ASEE Conference
Laura Alford
01/01/2020 - 06/30/2020
This proposal is for attendance and participation in the 2020 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference. I have two papers planned for this conference: an examination of the performance trends and perceptions of students in Engr 101, EECS 183, and EECS 280 vs. the students’ use of the personalized service ECoach; and an investigation into the relationship between students’ rating of themselves and teammates’ ratings of them on teamwork using the team support tool, Tandem. The annual ASEE conference is the premiere national conference for those people researching and implementing best practices in engineering education. U-M typically has a strong presence at this conference. My participation in ASEE 2020 will continue to enhance our reputation as a leader in the engineering education field. The paper presentations at ASEE are an excellent way to learn about new trends in student performances and on creating equitable and inclusive classes and learning environments. ASEE is an excellent networking opportunity. I teach two first-year engineering courses (Engr 100 and Engr 101), and there will be many other people that teach similar courses with whom I can trade trade experiences and ideas. It is so incredibly helpful to talk with people who have first-hand knowledge of what does and does not work in their classes. ASEE also offers many panels each year with a variety of themes. Two outstanding panels from past years were “Gender Bias in Student Evaluations of Teaching” and “Title Women Leading STEM: Successfully Managing the Challenges and Opportunities.”
Attendance and Participation at the 2020 AWP Writers Conference
Jeremiah Chamberlin
03/04/2020 - 03/08/2020
I am requesting funding to attend the 2020 AWP Conference, which will take place from March 4-7 in San Antonio, Texas. The AWP conference has been invaluable for my work as both a writer and a teacher, and attendance at this year’s event would enrich my professional development in many ways. In particular, the last several courses that I have developed for the English Department—both in their initial conception and in my continued work to revise and improve them—have been deeply influenced by the presentations and panels that I’ve attended during the last several AWP conferences. And as I continue to develop new courses for the department, I would love to have the opportunity to take advantage of the resources that AWP offers its participants. Similarly, in my role as the Editor-in-Chief of Fiction Writers Review, an online literary journal whose mission is to promote and support emerging writers, attending the conference bookfair would be an important opportunity to connect with contributors to the journal, as well as to meet new potential writers. This not only benefits my work as an editor, but also my work on this campus: over the last ten years, I’ve offered publishing internships to undergraduates through the department of English, as well as editorial internships to Zell Fellows in their third year of the MFA program. As such, participating in this conference would contribute to my professional development on many levels—as a writer, teacher, editor, and literary citizen.
The Sharing Economy: Architecture's Role in the Future of Collective Life & Work
Jacob Comerci
11/15/2019 - 03/15/2020
This proposal seeks funding in the amount of $2000.00 from the Lecturers’ Professional Development Fund (LPDF) to support my William Muschenheim design fellowship project at U of M’s Alfred A. Taubman College of Architecture. The research and design project, which will take place over the course of 5 months, investigates architecture’s role within the sharing economy; particularly as it relates to co-working and co-living. The fellowship project will culminate in a widely circulated public exhibition featuring architectural models, videos and drawings, to be held at the Taubman College Gallery during the last week of March, 2020.
Middle East Studies Association Conference Presentation: “Subverting Narratives of Occupation in Science Fiction: Larissa Sansour’s Nation Estate and In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain”
Sascha Crasnow
11/14/2019 - 11/17/2019
I am applying for funding to attend the Middle East Studies Association annual conference in New Orleans, LA November 14-17, 2019. I will be presenting my paper “Subverting Narratives of Occupation in Science Fiction: Larissa Sansour’s Nation Estate and In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain” at this conference alongside scholars of art and design history of the Middle East and North Africa, a relatively young field of which I am a part. A number of my courses directly relate to the paper topic: Palestinian Art, Art & Conflict of the Modern Middle East, and Art & Resistance: Global Responses to Oppression (all of which carry the course number RCHUMS 334 and which are frequently listed as meets-with courses in Arab American Studies, Islamic Studies, and Art History). Attending this conference will aid in my professional development in two crucial ways. First, after the conference the paper will be expanded for publication in a special issue journal about science fiction in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern and North African art based on the panelists’ papers. Secondly, the discussions generated at the conference are ones that I will bring into the classroom with my students in the courses mentioned above (two of which I will be teaching this academic year). Ultimately, I also plan to teach a course on science fiction across the arts in, attending this conference, both my panel and those that address the genre of science fiction across other media, will be instrumental.
Teaching TAs To Teach: Strategies for TA Training
Drew DeOrio
03/11/2020 - 03/14/2020
This proposal supports my attendance at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) conference in Portland, Oregon. I plan to be a panelist on the topic of training teaching assistants. As Computer Science course enrollments have grown, there has been a necessary increase in the number of undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants (TAs, and UTAs). TA duties often extend far beyond grading, including designing and leading lab or recitation sections, holding office hours and creating assignments. Though advanced students, TAs need proper pedagogical training to be the most effective in their roles. Training strategies have widely varied from no training at all, to semester-long prep courses. We will explore the challenges of TA training across both large and small departments.
Electro-Acoustic Percussion Composition, Recording, and Performance Project
Jeremy Edwards
11/05/2019 - 11/05/2020
I am requesting funding in support of a 12 month electro-acoustic music composition, performance and recording project. The acquisition of the Sensory Percussions System, a new technology for integrating electronics and percussion instruments through the use of sensors, would allow me to develop new skills in the area of composition, sound design, interactive systems design and explore new aesthetic territory as a musician. I plan to use the funds to purchase a set of Sensory Percussion drum sensors, special silent drum heads for use with the sensors, and to fund the production of an electro-acoustic percussion CD of new original works. The project will be divided into five phases: technological and aesthetic research, composition and interactive system programming and design, practice/rehearsal and system iteration, recording and post-production work, and a public artist talk and live performance of the developed works. At the end of the project I intend to make the hardware purchased through the grant available to the Performing Arts Technology (PAT) department for use in relevant performance courses and for students to use in their own original work. Both of the 200 level courses that I teach in PAT contain projects in live performance with electronics and PAT 432, a course in studio production, focuses on advanced techniques in recording, mixing, and mastering. The experience and knowledge gained through this project will directly inform the teaching in my current courses and has the potential to open up new opportunities to expand my role within the department.
Participation in ASEE Annual Conference
Robin Fowler
06/20/2020 - 06/24/2020
I am requesting funds to support my travel to and participation in the 2020 annual conference of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), the largest engineering education conference. I anticipate presenting at this conference (abstract submissions will be reviewed in late Fall; final paper acceptance won’t come until ~March 2020).
Theatre Improvisation for Teaching
Mar Freire Hermida
07/29/2020 - 08/02/2020
From July 29th to August 2nd 2020 the school Academia Iria Flavia, specialized in pedagogical courses for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, is offering a Theatre Improvisation. I am particularly interested in this course because the objectives of the class will help support my role as coordinator of Spanish 280 -Conversation through Spanish/ Latin American Film-. These objectives, as per Iria Flavia’s website, include improving oral expression, listening comprehension and fluency. Spanish 280 aims to help students achieve those same goals. In the last couple of years, I have been working on standardizing language instruction with the support of a Gilbert Whitaker Grant for the Improvement of Teaching. In this project I have been unable to address the need for clear oral delivery (clear pronunciation and appropriate intonation) in a hands-on dynamic way. My main goal in taking this course is to learn about theatrical technique to explore the possibility of adapting their method to our conversation course and potentially create materials for all sections to use.
2020 Latin American Studies Association Congress and Mexico research
David Frye
05/12/2020 - 05/26/2020
I seek funding for travel to Guadalajara, Mexico, to attend the 2020 LASA meeting and present a paper on “Ediciones Vigía and the Aesthetics of Translation in Cuban Culture,” as part of a double panel on the history and creation of the Cuban publishing cooperative’s handmade books. On this trip I aim to accomplish three goals: 1. The exchange of ideas with fellow presenters and audience members at our double panel will sharpen my thoughts and writing for an article on translation and culture in Cuba that I am preparing. 2. Interacting with international scholars of Latin America will benefit my teaching directly. LASA is the most important international organization of scholars on the Latin American region, which is the primary focus of half of my courses and a secondary focus for the rest. Whenever I attend LASA meetings I gather new scholarship and stories which I use to update my lectures, class discussion notes, and AV materials. 3. The conference location in north-central Mexico will allow me to conduct some short-term fieldwork in Guadalajara and, if possible, in my original doctoral dissertation field site (4 hours northeast of the city, by bus). The primary purpose of this short-term research will be to gather people’s impressions (and to form my own) regarding Mexico’s dramatically changing political and social climate, under a new president and party and in the Trump era, which I will then incorporate into my classes on Latin America and Mexico.
Marking Modern Movement: Dance and Gender in the Visual Imagery of the Weimar Republic
Susan Funkenstein
01/01/2020 - 09/01/2020
I am seeking funding to assist in the costs of the subvention and indexer for my book, which is under contract and scheduled for publication by the University of Michigan Press in Summer 2020. This book project explores how the engagement across art, dance, and visual culture in Weimar Germany (1918-1933) resulted in depictions that often challenged long-held models of objectifying the female body. Artists, dancers, and magazine editors came to know each other’s work well, and in the process, strict binaries of self and other dissipated. Explorations of gender across numerous art movements, dance styles, and mass-distributed magazines illuminated complex relationships through parallel experiences of making, identification coupled with desire, and shared aesthetic, cultural, and social concerns. Together, art, dance, and mass culture addressed assumed gendered roles in ways that disrupted and questioned historical structures of power and meaning yet also acknowledged skepticism of true change. This history of women’s accomplishments through dance provides insight into a visual reception history of women’s self-expressions at a moment of political and social visibility. The book also illuminates how the conditions of modernity and political liberalism in Germany’s Weimar Republic made interdisciplinarity possible. Furthermore, the project reveals how interdisciplinarity thrived a hundred years ago but that such intersections were written out of the record. Marking Modern Movement converses with scholarship that questions media, gendered, and racialized parameters of modernism; demonstrates dance history and visual culture’s relevance for art history; and models how our current collaborative ways paralleled those a century ago.
Material Research: Building with Temporal Materialities
Elizabeth Galvez
11/15/2019 - 03/15/2020
This proposal seeks funding in the amount of $2,000 to support a material research project. The project examines applicable uses for building with temporal materialities within the fields of architectural fabrication and construction practices. In today’s construction sequence, we generate vast amounts of building material waste, incurred both through acts of construction and demolition, which go to our landfills. Learning from conceptual artworks that explore the act of material entropy, such as Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed, this research project explores potentials for ‘softer and more temporal’ architectural materialities. The research will focus on deploying of a series of material samples composed of a single ‘temporal materiality’ including: ice, wax, sand, gravel, fabrics, and plant matters. The research will explore potential uses for both construction and disposal of such materialities, including small-scale explorations into processes for panelization or aggregation to enclose architectural space, the duration of such architectural enclosures, and lastly the disintegration or entropy of such materials after a built space has satisfied its necessary use. The project’s findings will be disseminated primarily through video format on my professional website. Additionally, material samples, in their original forms and at various stages of decay will be displayed at a gallery space; the location is yet to be determined. Importantly, the research findings would be beneficial in advancing the curriculum for two courses relating to ‘temporal materialities’ and their time-based relationships to the Earth which I teach at Taubman College.
Team Wristband
Elizabeth Goodenough
11/15/2019 - 05/15/2020
I seek funding to support graduate student and/or work study assistance to develop and promote Team Wristband. This adaptation of a Michigan Quarterly Review novelette dramatizes power, politics, dehumanization, and abuse. Directly after four March 2020 performances at Keene Theater, a panel of experts across the fields of Public Health, Theater, Social Work, Psychiatry, and Creative Writing will open a conversation with audience members to encourage dialogue and to survey campus and community resources. Post-production research offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to move mental health out of the shadows and into the light of accessibility. Students (undergraduate and graduate) will play a vital role in launching this adaptation- -from pre and post-production research, design, and theatrical participation, to videography and reflection on shared experiences. This project’s synthesis of fiction, theater, and public health--informed by medical research, mental health professionals, and individuals impacted by the devastation of mental illness and its treatments--could generate new ways to frame and interpret critical issues. Funding would contribute to the costs of creating a community-building event with the larger goal of enabling it to reach a wider audience beyond University of Michigan, such as the Big Ten Theatre Exchange. Producing this event enables me to build important relationships with researchers, advocates, and writers whose lives and work inform my teaching and scholarship: RCHUMS Children Under Fire 337-001, Narratives of Sustainability ENVIRON 337 (Fall 2019), Growing Up Near the Great Lakes RCIDIV 351 (Winter 2019) each focus on representing trauma in children and young adults.
Advanced Course in Professional Practice in Architecture
Irene Hwang
01/08/2020 - 12/31/2020
With the rise of the internet, social media, and streaming content, the presence of architectural thinking and making is now far more accessible and available than ever, in history. The overall level of visual, design literacy has risen with the interest in—and consumption of—architectural ideas and concepts at massive levels. Yet, as the prevalence of tv shows (HGTV), print media (Dwell), and digital media (Design Home game app) dedicated to the design and construction of built space have exploded in popularity, the population of new students coming to architectural education has not exhibited a similar boom. What this means to me, is that even as greater and greater numbers of people are able to participate in architectural design, it’s unclear if the general public is able to benefit from a more robust understanding of architectural concepts and techniques; they seem to be only enjoying a small sliver of what architecture is. To better understand and counteract this truncated understanding of the discipline, as well as provide updated and advanced content for the existing professional practice curriculum, I hope to use LPDF funding to develop some insights into how we might counteract the continued status of architecture and architectural education as elite and outside of daily life. Following the advancement of research, the principal activity supported by LPDF funding will be to develop the syllabus and content for an advanced course in professional practice that would ask students to devise new models of architectural practice and theorize new professional pathways in winter 2021. For this majority phase, I will apply LPDF funding to support the hire of two graduate students, one per semester, who will work to consolidate research and assist with the development of course topics, structure, and format.
Visualizing Women's Work
Melanie Manos
09/17/2019 - 12/31/2020
Visualizing Women’s Work is a research based multi-media public art project highlighting the radical gender-bias of historic visual markers in public settings. Funding will support the training in and development of augmented reality content, code and in-the-field AR trials. The goal of Visualizing Women’s Work is to make evident the legions of women whose labor (paid and unpaid) is most often invisible and absent from historical record. Further, Visualizing Women’s Work questions the representation of heroism as defined by pedestal-style monuments, which perpetuate authoritarian/patriarchal/hierarchical value structures and preference select individuals - most often white men. Training in AR would greatly increase my skill set in digital media toward a goal of teaching AR at Stamps, as well as integrating into my existing course pedagogy. I teach Studio 4D (time-based media), Making Images with Photoshop and Illustrator, and the engagement course Detroit Connections: In the Classroom. I see great opportunities for student-developed projects utilizing AR, including community-based projects with 4th graders at Bennett Elementary School, Detroit, with whom my Detroit Connections class partners.
Proudly Serving Statisticians at the 2020 Joint Statistical Meetings
Jack Miller
08/01/2020 - 08/06/2020
The LPDF monies will be used to fund the bulk of the cost of attending the 2020 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM), which will be held in Philadelphia, PA, from August 1 through August 6, 2020. JSM is the largest professional meeting of statisticians and data scientists in North America. The theme is exciting: “Everyone Counts: Data for the Public Good.” I am helping shape the program in terms of invited and topic-contributed sessions as well as continuing education offerings as a member of two committees for the American Statistical Association (ASA). Additionally, I have recently become the Chair of ASA’s LGBT Concerns Committee and am actively involved in diversity and inclusion efforts in that role. By using the LPDF monies to fund most of JSM 2020 costs, I will be able to use departmental funds for another conference focused on teaching and learning.
College Book Arts Association conference attendance
Toby Millman
01/02/2020 - 01/05/2020
I am requesting funds to attend the annual College Book Arts Association (CBAA) conference, to be held between January 2 – 5, 2020 in New Orleans, LA. The College Book Art Association is a non-profit organization fundamentally committed to the teaching of book arts at the college and university level, while supporting such education at all levels, concerned with both the practice and the analysis of the medium. The theme of this year’s conference is “Intersections.” By attending this conference, I hope to expand my understanding of contemporary approaches to integrating book arts into the studio art courses I teach at the Residential College. I teach two sections of Drawing and two sections of Printmaking each academic year. Book Arts is an expansive field that includes both these disciplines, as well as bookbinding, paper construction, sequential image development, photography, self-publishing and the written word. CBAA is an immersive conference that broaches each of these topics, offering a range of options for participants to choose sessions that most align with their interests.
Safe Passage- Camino Seguro - Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community Education Program Volunteer
Nina O'Connor
06/01/2020 - 06/19/2020
Safe Passage- Camino Seguro - Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community Education Program Volunteer. Safe Passage/Camino Seguro is a non-profit in Guatemala which helps children and families, living in the community surrounding the Guatemala City garbage dump, break out of poverty in a dignified and permanent way through education. Safe Passage offers educational programming and psychosocial emotional support services to 550 students, ages 4-high school. ( My primary goal at Safe Passage is to prepare a future Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates in 2021. Given that I will be responsible for a group of UM students, I want to ensure students’ safety, establish what work students will be doing, figure out the cost of living, possible cultural events and excursions, etc. I will work directly with the Volunteer Coordinator to put together a proposal for this GIEU. From June 1-19, 2020, I will serve as a volunteer. I will collaborate with teachers and assist in the classrooms, providing support and training for both students and teachers. I will: - Serve as a teacher for students and adult literacy/Creamos students - Assist and mentor our lead teachers in middle school and high school programs - Create and implement creative classroom lessons, working to promote the development of critical thinking skills - Carryout other classroom duties as assigned As I am a non-native speaker Spanish Lecturer, immersion in the language and culture is essential to my professional development. I will bring both my linguistic and cultural advancements directly back to the classroom.
Collaborative language learning at ACTFL
Rashmi Rama
11/21/2019 - 11/24/2019
I would like to request the Lecturer’s Professional Development Fund in order to attend a national conference in Washington, D.C. called ACTFL, the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages, in November 2019. I will be presenting at the conference about collaborative language learning in a communicative, flipped context. The presentation is about a specific course in the Romance Language Department, Spanish 231. The purpose of this study was to gain a better understanding of how collaborative language learning activities affected student perceptions of their engagement and self-efficacy in a flipped language learning classroom in higher education. The new online platforms accompanying many textbooks now allow students to prepare for classes ahead of time, allowing instructors to use more class time for student engagement in actual language practices. However, there has been little investigation of the effects of this flipped classroom model on students’ learning processes and outcomes. I would also like to attend this conference as part of an attempt to expand this scholarship and teaching to other courses within our department.
Participation in the 2019 American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings
Leigh Stuckey
11/22/2019 - 11/24/2019
I am applying for funding to participate in the American Anthropological Association’s annual conference in Vancouver. At the conference, I will present a paper entitled, “Making (Non)sense of Göreme: The Heritage of the Other” as part of a panel on ownership and recognition in global heritage regimes. This presentation provides an opportunity for me to explore a topic of future research, gain feedback from peers, network with scholars working on similar issues, and practice public speaking and presentation skills important to my work as a lecturer. Additionally, by attending panels on Reproductive Injustice, Masculinity in the Middle East, and New Insights in the Study of Sex and Gender, I can ensure that my Childbirth and Culture, Anthropology of the Near East, and Introduction to Anthropology courses are exposing Michigan students to the most up-to-date scholarship. Finally, in Vancouver I will participate in a workshop focused on marketing a background in Anthropology for careers in industry. My interest in this workshop comes not from a desire to make a change in my own career path, but from a commitment to addressing my students’ concerns about the value of a liberal arts education, and an Anthropology degree in particular. By participating in this workshop, I will be better able to assist my students in translating an Anthropology degree into a set of skills, knowledge, and experiences that are valuable in any job market.
CASC-Global Program: Presentation at Social Work Education and Social Development Conference
Amber Williams
06/28/2020 - 07/01/2020
The following proposal is a request for funding to attend World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development. Within my role as the Assistant Director and Adjunct Faculty for the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor program, I am requesting funding in order to participate in a global social work convening of educators, and share curricular efforts within the CASC Minor program. Attending the conference would allow me to engage social work faculty in an international context, learn more about global curricular efforts in undergraduate social work education, and share lessons learned from a global academic program piloted by the CASC Minor and Global Activities program. In collaboration with the School of Social Work Global Activities Office (OGA), the minor developed an undergraduate global independent study program. With a faculty liaison (which included my role as faculty and staff), selected CASC students, participated in community development work as a part of the Madras Christian College (MCC) field action program in Chennai, India for four weeks. The program focused on principles of community participation at the intersection of indigeneity and rural development by working within the community along with faculty, community organizers, and students at the college. Attending the conference would allow me to share lessons learned from the partnership as well as the newly established global curriculum designed for undergraduate students exploring the field of social work. Specific curricular objectives of the presentation would include four curricular themes including: (a) exploring context by examining south Indian history, politics and culture, (b) engaging community practice through a global comparative lens, (c) establishing a critical reflective praxis through critical consciousness and identity reflection, and (d) macro social work implications.
Learning From Adaptive Reuse Architecture in Detroit
De Peter Yi
12/01/2019 - 05/01/2020
I am applying for funding to support my research and teaching on adaptive reuse architecture. Specifically, the funding will go towards hiring and mentoring a student researcher, as well as producing an exhibition of the research output at the 555 Arts Gallery in Detroit in spring 2020. Adaptive reuse architecture touches on many key issues facing the built environment today, including urban identity, equitable development, and sustainable material use. These issues have a magnified presence in Detroit, where there is currently a large number of pre-existing building stock waiting to be renovated and repurposed. Over many trips to Detroit, I engaged with a diverse range of organizations working on adaptive reuse projects throughout the city, including a non-profit arts group that is currently renovating a former tobacco warehouse in Poletown. My research spans the site’s history of industrial use, neglect, and resurgence, tracing the private and public initiatives that have shaped Detroit’s urban fabric. My goal is to bridge between topics that are prevalent in architecture academia with community stakeholders working on adaptive reuse projects that could make use of this knowledge. The exhibition of my research in the form of drawings, maps, and models at 555 Arts Gallery will further communicate this shared knowledge to not only the university community but also a larger audience in Detroit. Ultimately, this work will continue to support my expertise and teaching in adaptive reuse architecture and provide my students with the opportunity to engage real world challenges in their own studies.
Material Assembly
Laida Aguirre
11/01/2018 - 03/01/2019
This proposal seeks funding to support 5 months of research and professional training in the field of advanced digital fabrication techniques and sustainable material innovation. More specifically, the funding will support participation in the yearly Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place in Chicago, Illinois as well the hiring of a student lab assistant to aid in the early stages of a material investigation. Greenbuild is one of the premier forums for the presentation of sustainable technological advances and research results in the fields of architecture and construction that brings together leading Engineers, Architects and Scientists. This conference is particularly important for this project as it shares with it the importance of thoughtful implementations and ethical design solutions. My participation in this conference will be crucial in expanding my knowledge into the current and potential uses of rubber as an innovative material in architecture. From a material as well as financial departure point, this project explores the material-methodological potentials of removable weatherproofing for architectural elements/goods to allow for their possible return/reuse. More specifically, researching the capacities of rubber to aid in the process of protecting materials during temporary uses until they can be reused for different purposes or returned to manufacturers. The larger ambition for this endeavor is to integrate my own professional development into the pedagogy of architectural education and provide an intellectual and practical basis for future courses at the Taubman School of Architecture.
Biographers International Conference Attendance
Molly Beer
05/16/2019 - 05/19/2019
I am a creative nonfiction writer teaching the Art of the Essay for the English Department Writing Program and I have spent the past two years writing a book-length essay about my broke-back northern Appalachia hometown braided with the biography of the cosmopolitan Revolutionary War-era woman for whom it is named. My previous published writing grapples predominantly with the politics of place, and this book is consistent with that theme. Biography, however, is a new branch of nonfiction for me. Thus, I am seeking to attend this conference in order to learn from other practitioners of the genre and to meet potential publishers. As for teaching, once this book is complete, I will propose an EDWP topics course in Auto/Biography. On an institutional level, creative nonfiction is an area in which the department is actively seeking to increase and diversify its offerings. This conference will expand my own expertise and successful publication of this book will increase my credentials so that I may better contribute to this effort.
Behind the Scaffolding: a podcast about the hows and whys of teaching writing: insights, practical ideas, and philosophies from writing teachers at the University of Michigan
Angela Berkley
11/01/2018 - 12/31/2019
My podcast, Behind the Scaffolding, will explore the practicalities and philosophies of writing instruction at the University of Michigan. Each monthly episode will feature the innovative perspectives and insights of a U of M writing teacher about a perennial teaching issue or concern. Conversations with other teachers about both the everyday nuts and bolts of teaching and their governing teaching philosophies have been among my most fruitful moments of professional development, and producing this podcast would benefit me enormously by giving me "deep dive" access into minds of my fellow lecturers about an array of teaching topics and concerns. I'll also be supplementing each episode with research (scholarly articles, other resources) that speaks to the issues I discuss on each episode. I expect to learn as much from this research as I hope my listeners will. I also hope for my podcast to serve students: my primary audience of writing instructors might well listen on their own, for helpful insights and practical ideas, but they might also play portions of our episodes for their own classes as a way to demystify some of the common practices of writing instruction that aren't immediately transparent to our students. My primary and most immediate intention in making Behind the Scaffolding is to create a community-building resource for myself and my writing teacher colleagues; however, should the podcast eventually reach a broader audience, I would be thrilled to see it showcase the excellent pedagogical work of my lecturer colleagues here at the U of M.
Attendance and Panel Presentations at the 2019 AWP Writers Conference
Jeremiah Chamberlin
03/27/2019 - 03/31/2019
I am requesting funding to attend the 2019 AWP Conference, which will take place from March 27th to 31st in Portland, Oregon. In addition to participating in the conference, I will also be chairing two panel presentations: “Imagined Research, Researched Imagination” and “Getting Beyond 3%: International Literature and US Literary Culture.” The former panel, which will feature talks by Natalie Bakopoulos, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Aisha Sabatini Sloan, and Arianne Zwartjes, explores the relationship between imagination and fact in the genre of creative nonfiction. Both my English 325 (The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction) and English 425 (Immersion Writing) courses relate directly to this topic. The latter panel brings together prominent publishers, editors, and directors of literary nonprofits to discuss the importance, politics, and methods of bringing diversity to reading markets across the US, which intersects with material I teach in several of my literature courses (English 290, 298, and 362). The AWP conference has been invaluable for my work as both a writer and a teacher, and attendance at this year’s event would enrich my professional development in many ways, as I hope my proposal outlines. In particular, the last several courses that I have developed for the English Department—both in their initial conception and in my continued work to revise and improve them—have been deeply influenced by the presentations and panels that I’ve attended during the last several AWP conferences.