My EN 101 class was cancelled this summer, which leaves me more time for other work. I have some ambitious plans to get lots of work done toward tenure.
- 3000 word book chapter to submit by October.
- Another 3000 word book chapter on a similar topic to submit by December.
- 2500 word conference paper for ASA in November.
These are the most pressing projects because they actually have time deadlines associated with them in terms of writing and possible revisions. So, I’m going to start working really hard on them.
I also have some other projects in the works:
- Chapter four of my dissertation…I think I’m finally ready to rework it. I want to split the chapter and add a few things to it. I’m thinking The Adventures of Don Chipote definitely fits with the first part of the chapter, while something else might go in the last; or there’s a possibility to just flesh out more of the last two novels based on teaching Pocho this year. Still thinking about it.
- I started a great piece on Susan Shelby Magoffin, but I hit a wall and I haven’t finished it. What I think is that this piece might serve as the basis for my next big work, so I might keep it simmering but try to yolk it with the piece I write for the conference in November and keep it all going through those avenues.
- I really want to revise my Caballero work with what I have from the archive. It’s pretty messy though, and I wanted to work on it last summer, but didn’t get to it, so we’ll see.
- Finally, I have some more stuff to say about Katherine Anne Porter and the archival stuff I dug up at University of Maryland. It’s in really not great shape though, so it too may end up with bullet point two on this list.
- And haha, that wasn’t finally…this is finally. I have some pedagogical work I want to do in thinking about teaching American literature and the ways that I teach it and certain authors we teach, but this may be a project for when I have a little more maturity.
Teaching plans in terms of work:
- Humanities Summer Institute: This is really cool. I’m working with two other professors and five students on a reading seminar on iHuman. It’s so fun. We are reading Medea for tomorrow.
- I’m the summer adviser, so I get to help all the new students plan their schedules. I’m directing all the cool ones into my classes. Just kidding.
- A few colleagues and I are working on Service Learning Initiatives in the English department and across the curriculum. We’re looking at ways (and actually implementing ways) of integrating service learning possibilities at all levels in our curriculum.
Things I want to talk to my chair about for the future:
- Getting the Vagina Monologues to campus–by this I mean staging our own performance in conjunction with my Gender Studies class.
- Working on an NEH grant in partnership with UNM.
- Getting a service learning alternative spring break trip in conjunction with one of my classes.
Plans with the boys:
- Beach. They love it, and now that I have an awesome sun hat, I will enjoy it too.
- More beach. This time in New Jersey.
- Swimming lessons for Seamus.
- Spanish Camp for Seamus.
- Lots of days at Gravelly Point, the Zoo, or the Mall.
- Cooking fun foods.
- Playing games–Seamus is finally ready for things like Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders!