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Panels of CNYCLL Conference

In this, my first year as director of the CNYCLL conference, I am striving to make the conference better reflect the breadth of English Studies, and perhaps some of its closest interdisciplinary partners. To this end I am establishing six new panels on postdisciplinary rhetoric, cyberpunk literature, digital cinema, new media pedagogy, rhetoric of new […]

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teaching practices

Teaching at a comprehensive state college means participating in an institution that places value upon teaching in a way that research universities do not. Of course there is a certain irony in the expression of that value in the creation of a heavy teaching load. Yes, faculty at institutions like Cortland don’t have the research […]

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Publishing and tenure

Stephen Shaviro discusses Lindsay Waters’ new book Enemies of Promise, which brings up key points regarding the troubling state of publication in the humanities. In essence, Shaviro notes two interlocking problems: the first being increasing pressure for book publication as a tenure requirement; the second being a hyper-professionalization that carries faculty into narrower and narrower […]

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whither students?

Once they have graduated, whither students? Or is it wither students? This is the question that continues to preoccupy my thoughts on our program. As we have said, most are first-generation college students: neither they nor their parents know what a college education is or what one does with it. Many others have teachers as […]

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the calculus of workload

Given the continuing shift of higher education into the marketplace logic of global capitalism, it comes as no surprise that the calculation of workload would come to obey a similar logic. After all, is it not reasonable, given the range of differences between disciplines to establish a common currency of measurement (say, number of students […]

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Aporias of Composition

The other day I was invited to participate in a faculty “focus group” for a College committee charged with studying means to create “effective, efficient and cost effective functioning.” The committee is interested in new faculty’s perspectives on ways to improve communication and collaboration among departments. I suppose I have a perverse interest in college […]

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Pedagogy of Failure

In English Studies, but particularly in rhetoric and composition, there is a well-worn tradition I refer to as the “heroic pedagogy narrative.” In this narrative, the hero-teacher, with trusted student sidekicks, overcomes some obstacle to learning through pedagogical action. It is the narrative structure of heroic teacher movies like Dead Poets’ Society, as well as […]

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Rethinking English Studies

English studies stands on the cusp of significant changes. For nearly two decades there has been talk of a “crisis” in the discipline. It begins, I suppose, with a questioning of the literary canon of “dead white guys,” moves through the implications of postmodern philosophy and the appearance of personal computing and onto the contemporary […]

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Intellectual Diversity

Recently in The Chronicle of Higher Education debate has emerged concerning “intellectual diversity.” This issue was raised in an advertisement by a student group, the Duke Conservative Union, which questioned what they perceived as a “liberal bias” among faculty. Is it the case that academics are more politically liberal than the American population? And if […]

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Humanities Computing

Talking with students, I get the sense that few have a real sense of what humanities technology courses, mine in particular, might be like. OK, maybe there’s a problem with the course descriptions: ENG 300: Writing in Cyberspace (B) Application of effective rhetorical principles and effective writing techniques for composing and revising multimedia texts in […]