A Decade with “Thunder Road”

I first listened to Bruce Springsteen in my mother-in-law’s white Mazada Miata as I made the drive from Covington, Georgia to Auburn, Alabama one summer day in 2007. I can’t remember why I was driving her car, but it was planned out in advance. My car at the time didn’t have a CD player, and I remember hitting up my local record store to find something to listen to for the two-hour drive.

I knew Bruce Springsteen; everyone knows Bruce Springsteen. But I never intentionally sought out his stuff and only knew the tracks that bounced around the walls of Waffle House at 2am in the morning as people slopped up their food and headed outside to fire up a heater.

I saw the cover of Bruce’s Nebraska, grabbed it, and paid my $5. I was on I-85 near Newnan when the haunting harmonic and growling lyrics of the opening track, “Nebraska,” hit me. Sweet Jimminy, that’s a powerful track. A powerful album. And nothing like I expected.

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I bought Born to Run after Amy and I were planted in Auburn and I was a semester into graduate school. The opening track, “Thunder Road,” haunts me a decade later and forms moments of my life.

A moment: I really started listening to the record on long bike rides around the rural outskirts of Auburn. Amy and I were entering our second year of marriage. No kids, no mortgage, no real commitments except to each other and our cat, Jake. And my attempt at grad school. With Bruce’s opening lines, my mind always turned to Amy on these rides.

The screen door slams, Mary’s dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
Hey, that’s me and I want you only
Don’t turn me home again, I just can’t face myself alone again
Don’t run back inside, darling, you know just what I’m here for
So you’re scared and you’re thinking that maybe we ain’t that young anymore

I picture Amy in a sun dress, whirling and dancing. She doesn’t listen much to Roy Orbison, but I could see her swaying in the wind to Otis Redding, to Van Morrison. Amy was my first serious girlfriend in college. I was a withdrawn nerd, focused on school and uninterested in chasing the social scene. I went to class, went home and read, played some Nintendo. I was lonely  and Amy brought me out. We married, moved into the town where her parents lived and where she grew up, and then, just a year later, I convinved her to move to Alabama with me. Amy to Alabama. Amy who had never lived outside of Georgia. We made the journey and would make many more moves.

Well now, I ain’t no hero, that’s understood
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
With a chance to make it good somehow
Hey, what else can we do now?
Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair
Well, the night’s busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere
We got one last chance to make it real
To trade in these wings on some wheels
Climb in back, heaven’s waiting on down the tracks

Oh oh, come take my hand
We’re riding out tonight to case the promised land
Oh oh oh oh, Thunder Road
Oh, Thunder Road, oh, Thunder Road

A moment: When we moved to Oklahoma, we found ourselves in a similar situation. No kids, no mortgage, no real commitments except to each other and our cat, Jake. But things were getting more serious. More Adult. We had a kid on the way; we were looking to buy a house; I was starting a PhD program. Our first summer in Oklahoma was long and hot and lonely. We were about to become parents and were starting to get scared. So I wrote. I went outside, sat by the local playground under the shade and wrote—in longhand with a blue pen—a children’s book about a boy who couldn’t read.

Bruce’s line formed an epigraph:

Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night

This little throw-away line in the opening stanza of the song still hits me and links up with the memory of writing my first children’s book and ideas that ground who I am and how I approach the world: faith, magic, night.

The lined grabbed me then, and still grabs me.

That long hot summer, I felt the magic of the night as I typed up the words I wrote by hand during the day, as a pregnant wife rested on the sofa, as Cardinals’ baseball games played through our speakers.

At night, we would dream about who our soon-to-be-born kid would be, how we would re-make our lives in Oklahoma. Our faith grew strong as we hoped in those still Oklahoma nights.

A moment: two days ago, my wife went to run errands. We are back in Georgia now. We are surrounded by three kids. We got a house, two cars; I got a real job. We are full on Adults, freaky as that may be. And Bruce came into my mind.

My daughter, Darcy, was sitting at the kitchen table. Our little one was asleep, and the big one—the one who inspired my first children’s book—was off somewhere. I was making lunch, and put “Thunder Road” on the Spotify. The soft opening lines, the steady crescendo, and the heartfelt lyrics.

Darcy was digging it.

I shouted the lyrics and she did a little wiggly dance at her seat.

The song doesn’t quit. It doesn’t resort back to a chorus, a bridge, a hook. It just runs through, steadily gaining steam until the cheesy, but powerful, final line:

It’s a town full of losers, I’m pulling out of here to win

Strong narratives connect with us at multiple levels and at multiple points and places in our lives. This song has hit me when I was newly married, with one kid on the way, with three kids here.

And it will hit me in moments soon to come.

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Faculty Writing Groups

In a few hours, I will lead the final workshop of AY 2016-2017 under the newly launched Write@UNG intiative. Supported by UNG’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership and the Office of Research, Economic Development, and Community Engagement, the I led six workshops to encourage and support faculty research and writing.

I operate this initiative through three central goals:

Connect

Cultivate

Create

This is what we do when we write, when we write with others, and when we write for others and ourselves.

Today’s workshop focuses on the importance of writing groups–how to sustain them, how to support them (financially), and why they are helpful.

My material for this workshop is on Slides.com. 

Thanks to my colleague, Dr. Diana Edelman, for joining me. She helped start the writing group WriteIN, which meets every Friday on the Gainesville campus from 1-5. I joined the group a couple of years past. We write, talk, and listen to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” to end our time together.

 

Thankful for Meaningful

I opened my office door early this morning. On my desk sat a copy of The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Transfer, and Writing in Higher Education. (as a side note: much love for a department that buys books for me).

The Meaningful Writing Project.

Michele Eodice, Anne Ellen Geller, and Neal Lerner have worked tirelessly on this book for about a decade, and it is heartening to see the work of people you admire come to (published) fruition.

I’m also heartened to see a project I helped along come to fruition. I was in the middle of my PhD at Oklahoma when Michele wrangled me into filling out some electronic IRB forms, browsing countless books and articles to see if any one has written on meaningful. I particularly remember browsing Haswell and Haswell’s Hospitality and Authoring and wondering why Michele picked this book. What does this book have to do with the Meaningful Writing Project? (turns out, it doesn’t have much to do with it; the book doesn’t appear in the references).

I’ve been around this important research project for five years, peeked at their poster presentation at CCCC in 2015, and browsed the first couple of chapters.

Here’s what I appreciate:

  • The fun that comes on page xi, which shows a student’s response to the survey question about meaningful writing. The student authored his response in pig latin and included a translation website. Michele, Anne, and Neal reproduce his response in full. On their first page.
  • There data collection methods: surveyed over 10,000 students at three different schools: University of Oklahoma, St. John’s, and Northeastern. Over 700 responded.
  • 27 one-on-one interviews with seniors; 60 one-on-one interviews with faculty. Undergrad co-researchers conducted the interviews with training and supporting and financial support from Michele, Anne, and Neal.
  • The rad infographics that come at the end of the first chapter and show data collection points.
  • The clarity of their findings. Given early for the reader: meaningful writing projects offer students opportunities for agency; for engagement with instructors, peers, and materials; and for learning that connects to previous experiences and passions and to future aspirations and identities” (4).
  • And my favorite data nugget: 79% reported they had never written anything similar to their meaningful writing project before.

I’ve talked with my chair about bringing Anne to UNG. We landed on a date, but the date didn’t work with Anne. My chair and I are heading back to the proverbial drawing board to get some more dates.

Hopefully Anne can come and talk with my 93 colleagues in the English Dept about meaningful writing.

I’m thankful for research that helps us see the world of writing and reading and learning through our students’ eyes.

Collegiality is the thing

I’m lazy. I didn’t feel like driving forty minutes to work today. Luckily, the Board of Regents for Georgia keeps growing the University of North Georgia. We got five campuses spread across northeast Georgia.

I didn’t want to drive to Dahlonega. So I drove the ten minutes to the Gainesville campus.

Outside, the April weather was turning nasty. Heavy clouds walking across the sky and Zeus slinging lightning bold causing a ripple of thunder to bounce through the air.

At the Gainesville campus, I made time to sit in on two first-year composition courses. In my role as director of first-year comp, I want to be in the classroom and get a feel for what is going on, how instructors instruct, how students student.

I planned on observing two classes, writing up a report, and then hitting the road to the Oconee campus for more meetings, more talking, more learning.

Zeus got extra aggressive with this temper tantrum, so I decided to stay put.

Zeus has been making April the cruelest month for eons before Eliot penned that line.

Since I was staying put in Gainesville, I made it to the English department coffee chat. My colleague, Karen Dodson, interviewed another one of my colleagues, Lev Butts, about editing memoirs. Some in the department baked cookies; our student assistant brought coffee and tea.

And here is collegiality. It’s kinda like that abstract chemistry thing sports pundits like to opine about when talking about why one talented team tanks and another soars. Gotta be chemistry, right?

In higher ed, we got a chemistry department. Literally. We don’t talk about chemistry; we talk about collegiality.

That’s the grease that helps the department pistons churn, powering the engine, driving us forward.

It’s not a given. Some department don’t got it.

And I am thankful for a department that does.

I had a great conversation with Lev in his office about Eliot, tarot cards, and Audible.com.

I had a great talk with Shannon Gilstrap about the department’s website.

I got a great hug from Steve Pearson who gives the best hugs. It’s empirically proven.

When the Power That Be decided the weather was too gnarly for classes to continue, they pulled the plug. Classes cancelled at 1pm.

I hung around for a bit.

I talked with Matthew Boedy about public scholarship and Jesuits.

I talked with Chris Bell about Bob Dylan.

These moments of conversations, passing hallway chats, flow together and form a Department.

I’m drawn to a life as professor for many reasons: but one I keep coming back to is the joy I get being around bright, driven, committed people with a wide variety of interests.

Some of the moments that stick with me as I drive home are the serendipitous hallway conversations about orchids, Sun Ra, metal, Ozzy, World War I, Texas A&M football, nuns. All these conversations that radiate through the halls, that animate our faculty, that show pure curiosity for the sake of curiosity, learning for the love of learning.

As the building emptied, I found a chair and sat. Outside the rain was leaping toward the ground; Zeus was thundering above.

I looked around. The five-story building was empty.

I put my coat on, ready to step into the rain, and thinking that my colleague is probably right. Dylan’s Tempest is pretty dark.

I don’t know how to teach writing

Hey. Yeah. Hey. Come here for a sec. Let’s chat real quick.

Here, have a seat. Want something to drink? Got this drip coffee going. Sure beats Kcups. Want some?

So here’s what I gotta get off my chest. Are you ready?

I don’t really know how to teach writing.

Sorry you couldn’t hear me. Let me whisper just a bit louder. Bon Iver is hollering away in the background. Stop stirring your coffee for a moment.

I don’t know, I don’t really know how to teach writing.

Yea, yea. I’ve done it for ten years. I’ve done it at the middle grades, high school, and college level. Yea, I know I’m a writing tutor for a tenth grader and oversee over 200 sections of writing classes at the college level. I don’t need you to recap my cv for me.

This is just me speaking honestly, to you, in this quiet space, over a cup of coffee.

Let’s keep this between us. Don’t put these thoughts online.

My first college writing class was back at Auburn around 2008. It was a section of first-year composition. I taught a themed course on animation. We had fun but there wasn’t much quality writing instruction. We spent too much time thinking about animation and not enough time thinking about rhetoric. I remember spending a whole class talking about cels—and not the kind with two l’s.

I fumbled my way through an expository writing class when I was in the PhD program at Oklahoma, and I fumbled my way through a honors section of composition, also. I did a lot of fumbling. But I also did a lot of reading, writing, and thinking about how to teach writing. I attended the conferences, read the journals, tried the best practices.

There’s more to say about my teaching past: a student in one of my sections committed suicide over spring break; one semester, inspired by Karen Kopelson’s 2003 CCC  article, I decided to be open with students about my religious, political, and sexual beliefs. That bombed as several students directly told me that they believed I was going to mark them down becase of contrary beliefs. One semester, I had 20 of the 25 send me Facebook friend requests at the end of the semester. One semester ended and there were still students who I didn’t know in my class. I never knew their names. And they didn’t know mine.

As I was preparing to graduate with my PhD in writing studies, I read through Geoffrey Sirc’s review essay in CCC while sitting on a sofa in the writing center. He opens brazenly and pessimistically: “Teaching writing is impossible.” Oh, yes, Dr. Sirc.

But I persisted. And here is where I am now. I’ve been teaching Wardle and Downs’s book Writing About Writing for the past five years. I taught the first, second, and now third edition of the book. I’m all in with this idea of introducing students to the field of writing studies and exploring what writing is and how it is accomplished across various rhetorical situations.

And to this WAW pedagogy, I’ve added some elements of the writing-transfer pedagogy. I’m all in with that, too. Sure, I know the nuances between Teaching for Transfer and WAW. I’ve published and blogged on transfer. I’ve read the books and attended the workshops. I’ve even led professional development workshops on transfer for my first-year composition teachers.

For the past three years, I have cruised along nicely. I’ve believed that how I teach is grounded in research and national consensus documents like the WPA Outcomes Statement, v 3.0 and the Framework For Success in Postsecondary Writing.

I’ve been of the mind that if we can point to this research and these documents, then the Powers That Be will understand that what we are doing in FYC is important, rigorous.

But there is always the counter-argument lurking. And I found it.

In the Feb 17 issue of CCC, Eli Goldblatt writes, “the contemporary conversations about teaching to transfer . . . have oriented the discussion about writing instruction too narrowly around school success and professional preparation . . . I am suggesting that when we focus so much on professional and theoretical understandings of writing instruction . . . we can forget the importance of two impulses that compel writers: the desire to speak out of your most intimate experiences and to connect with communities in need” (441-442).

Hear that? That is exactly what I am doing with my words right now. I am not talking to you in hopes of preparing to Enter the Work Force and Make American Great Again. I’m talking to you out of this innate drive to communicate, to form words, to form community.

Man, this Bon Iver track is good.

Do you want a refill? They’re free. No? Ok.

Huh. I read that Goldblatt piece just a few days ago over a cup of coffee. I was meeting a buddy for a 7pm run and was burning some time. Nothing like swigging some coffee and reading composition pedagogy work.

And I remember leaving the coffee place—it’s Inman Perk in Gainesville—and walking to my car and thinking, well, crap, now what? As if my commitment to WAW and Teaching for Transfer is suddenly shot and I gotta rethink my own classroom and I gotta rethink the curriculum I am crafting for the 8000 students who take FYC at UNG and I gotta rethink the professional development workshops I am running and I gotta rethink my political and social outlook and I gotta rethink rethink rethink.

The last was a stretch, but I was doing some serious rethinking. And I brought this rethinking with me along 7 miles of running.

But here’s the thing. Let me say this one thing and we can get out of here. I know you got a family to get back to.

That’s the thing with learning, right? Not to sound all Confucius on a Mountaintop, but that is the thing, right? The ongoing learning and relearning and learning and relearning. We ain’t ever going to get there but we keep on keeping on. Right?

There’s not The Way to teach writing.

Every time I walk into a classroom with twenty or so people with full lives and full life experiences, I can’t default back to The Way To Teach Writing.

We do messy, recursive and discursive work together. We learn together. We change together. We think together. And we talk about audience, purpose, exigence, and kairos.

Maybe I become a better teacher when I confess to you, over this cup of coffee in this place here and now, that I don’t know what I am doing. Maybe it is this insecurity that pushes me to be vulnerable. And in that space of vulnerability, I reach to get better.

Maybe I am learning, too?

Let’s go. Some one starting playing Mumford and Sons. I’ll leave the tip.

 

 

 

 

 

Response from U.S. Representative

In early February, I emailed my U.S. Representative Doug Collins. He was quoted in a CNN piece on President Trump’s intention to build a wall. CNN reported asked Collins three times if he would support the large financial investment needed to build the wall. Collins declined a straight answer three times.

So, I emailed him my thoughts via my gmail account. As a private citizen and not a state employee. I posted the complete letter.

On March 8th, he wrote back.

I didn’t expect much of a response. Since the WALL topic, our President has created an avalanche of other pressing issues for Republicans to defend and Democrats attack. It kinda feels like the WALL is old news, almost welcome news considering what we have waded through since earl February.

But a response came. He didn’t agree with me.

Here’s the full letter.

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Why I Wake Early

5:30 am is early. Probably too early. But with three little kids, I seek out pockets of silence. Time where the little ones are asleep and I can do the work of an adult, free from the worries of crying, shouting, giggling that come from my kids, free from the messes, the challenges, the beauties, and the complexities that come with ushering three little breathing, thinking bodies from the wonders of childhood to the less wonderful world of adulthood.

So with the darkness still sitting heavily on the world, I wake. I roll out of bed, thumbing my alarm off. I stumble to the kitchen, often running into a corner or edge of the cabinet, switch on ESPN, pore a bowl of cereal and munch and watch in the dark, my face illuminated by the screen, the volume low, so low as to not wake the wife and three kids. If any one were to wake, this pocket of silence I so cherish would be gone. I would be filling little bowls with Cap’n Crunch and mediating an impeding fight over what to watch on Netflix: Lalaloopsy this time, Maddux, and then we can watch Skylanders Academy next. (Maddux often protests but eventually acquiesces).

By 6:30 I have downed a cup of coffee. The world is still dark and quiet. If it’s a weekday, I hear the school bus rattle by; its incessantly blinking lights light up the kitchen.

I empty the dishwasher. I pile the kid’s plastic forks, knives, spoons, bowls, plates on a towel to dry. I carefully place ceramic bowls and plates into the cabinets. I try to keep the clanging to a minimum.

I empty the dryer. I place the clothes into the ottoman and begin folding.

I open the blinds and look out at our backyard. The sun is still hiding but its forthcoming appearance is evident in the weakening dark. I think of the Gerald Manley Hopkins’s line “I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.” I roll the line through my head marveling that I still remember it, especially since I haven’t a clue what it means.

I read my book. With another warm cup of coffee next to me, I read.

I put my book down and listen to the silence. The day feels wide-open, anything is possible. I’m full of optimism.

Now is not the time for music, for talking, for laughing, for crying. Now is the silent time before the rest of time. I feel like an actor waiting backstage for his cue, like a batter waiting on deck, like a yoga practitioner sitting on the mat and waiting for the first position.

Then I hear the water run through the pipes in my house. My wife is awake.

Then I hear my daughter begin to quietly cry. She is awake.

The dominos fall. Into place. The next kid wakes, then the next.

The sun pushes over the tree line.

The neighbors fire up their engines and leave.

The cereal bowls are filled with Cap’n Crunch.

The TV is flipped to Netflix and Lalaloopsy blares.

The kids are quiet, little zombies sitting on the sofa with vacant eyes and disheveled hair.

They place tiny fingers into bowls and then into mouths.

Then the fight over the blanket.

By 8am, I have mediated a fight, cleaned up spilled milk, changed a diaper.

By 8am, I am a parent again. I look out the window at the black-capped chickadees sitting on the feeder. They scurry into the air, taking with them my pocket of silence. They hand it off to another bird, then another, then another until it is halfway around the world and dropped in the lap of a dad in Australia who wakes early before the kids.

In a few short hours he will hand it back over and the birds will carry it back to me tomorrow.

 

 

 

Copyright for Authors

On January 30, I led the fourth of six scheduled workshops under the Write@UNG initiative I co-created with the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at UNG.

Through this initiative, we are seeking to support faculty writing and research at teaching-focused university. We work through three core values, integral writing and research across the many disciplines composing our university: Connect, Cultivate, Create.

This most recent session was on copyright for authors and modeled slightly after a similar workshop offered at Emory.

Thanks to Amy Bear and Corey Parson from the University of North Georgia Press for lending their experience with copyright from a publisher’s perspective.

The slides from workshop are available here.

Open Letter to my House Rep

The Representative for my district was quoted on CNN.com about THE WALL. He was hesitant in his answers. So I thought I would share with him my thoughts on building a wall based on fear, poor data, and a misread of what the U.S. population thinks about immigration.
According to a Pew Research Center poll, only 39% of Americans thought it a “important” or “somewhat important” goal.

My full-letter, which I emailed today, is below.

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Representative Collins,

Thank you for your work. I only imagine how challenging it must be to be a public servant and merge the needs of your constituents with your own personal values and beliefs for how best to steer our country and our state.

Though my family and I have only lived in your district for four years, we are thankful for the diversity of the people and for the spirit of community we sense.

I teach at UNG, where you received a degree, and like you, my family attends a Baptist church in the area and even visited your church when we were searching for a place to worship.

While you and I share many commonalities, I can’t nod along with the executive decision to build a wall. Please know, this executive action does not agree with the values I try to instill in my family or the values I feel are expressed in our diverse district 9.

The well-respected Atlanta news outlet CNN.com quoted you as saying recently, “When it comes to our budget, we’ll have those discussions,” said Georgia Rep. Doug Collins. The article then mentioned that you refused to say “three times if [you] would support Congress appropriating money for the wall.”

Though it would have been nice to have a straight answer, I am most concerned with the action of building a wall.

According to a November Pew Research Center report, Mexican unauthorized immigrant population has steadily declined since its peak in 2007. In 2007, the number was 6.9 million. Now it is at 5.6.

The report also mentions the number of Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. illegally has declined.

I know our President has made an agenda based on fear. The goal is to get the uneducated fearful of something. Anything. Right now that is illegal Mexican immigrants who supposedly are on rampant crime sprees and stealing our jobs.

But the data just isn’t there to support this position.

I’m thankful that 27% of the population of our county is Hispanic. I am thankful that your alma mater, where I now work, received a $2.1 million dollar grant from the Department of Education for working with first-generation, often Hispanic, students. And I am thankful that roughly 11% of students at our university identify as Hispanic.

Please know that I don’t celebrate building walls. I want to celebrate tearing down walls with you, my family, my students, and my church.

Talking to The Public about higher ed

Like many of my colleagues in American higher ed, I have been dismayed–but not surprised–but the steadily rising attacks on what many erroneously spin as liberal/radical professors.

And like many of my colleagues in composition studies, I have taken to writing public arguments against these rapid and ill-informed attacks on higher learning and the people who make a living teaching others to think critically, deeply, and to argue passionately about important ideas in sustained writing.

I wrote about Professor Watchlist in a letter-to-the-editor published in the Gainesville Times, a local, daily paper serving Gainesville, GA, a thriving town of roughly 35k nested against Lake Lanier in northeast GA.

I wrote about the National Association of Scholars in a letter-to-the-editor published in the Dahlonega Nugget, a weekly local newspaper serving the smaller town of Dahlonga, GA roughly 40 minutes northwest of Gainesville and where I teach.

I include this second letter below, and I signal my commitment to engaging (not disengaging) further with my local and national community.

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I’ve only been a college professor for a decade, but as 2017 begins, I feel my colleagues and I are under attack from outside stakeholders more so than we have been in a long time.

There seems to be a strong current of skepticism and even outright hostility directed toward professors and higher education. What’s more, these negative feelings seem largely grounded in ignorance, designed to incite more fear that professors and universities are maliciously dismantling traditional cultures and values.

Take for example, the website Professor Watchlist. This website lists a bio and picture of professors who advance a “radical agenda” in the classroom. My colleague Dr. Matthew Boedy on the Gainesville campus made this list for publically suggesting guns on campus aren’t a good idea.

Also, consider a recently released report “Making Citizens: How American Universities Teach Civics” published by the National Association of Scholars. In this report, the NSA decries what they term, the “New Civics.” I’ve never heard this term before, but the NSA uses it is describe college programs designed to help students engage in community service and civic engagement projects. The NSA believes these service projects hide a sinister liberal and political activist agenda on the part of the universities.

The NSA specifically points an accusatory finger at the University of Colorado’s Writing Initiative for Service Engagement program run by my wonderful colleague Dr. Veronica House and argues federal dollars should not be allocated to such programs. According to the NSA, “At CU-Bolder, even learning to write a proper sentence has been suborned to progressive activism.”

Forget the fact that marrying community engagement and writing goes back to Aristotle and is exactly how the Declaration of Independence was penned. And forget the fact that service learning facilitates learning in remarkably ways and that UNG is dedicated to service learning a as a vital component of their mission.

What keeps me up at night is this growing fear of higher education and professors.

I’ll take the blame for some of this. Most professors, myself included, don’t do a good job communicating our work and research to people outside of our profession. If we are public researchers, teachers, and thinkers, then our work needs to be public and not just published in expensive journals and written in jargon-laden language.

But I’ll also chose to fight this darkness with light. Send me an email or Google my name. I’ve started posting all my course materials online and will send you research I have published for free. Let me know if you want to sit in my class, and I’ll tell you when and where we met.

I’m a public educator whose paycheck is tied to federal and state dollars and whose career is tied to how the public views my job. Instead of being caught in yet another wave of fear, reach out to me to find out what my colleagues and I are doing with the 17,000 wonderful students at UNG.

 

 

 

 

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