Title: Turning Your Teaching & Administration Work into Research and Publication Projects
Presenter: Laura Smith (AAHD); Joyce Meier (Department of Writing, Reading, and American Cultures);
Alexis Black (Department of Theatre); Tina Newhauser (Department of Theatre)
The labor of teaching and administration are often invisible beyond their documentation in departmental annual reviews. How do we share the knowledge and expertise we acquire with colleagues and other professionals? How can we generate peer recognition for our achievements? We are proposing a sixty-minute roundtable discussion by four instructors who have converted their teaching into research and publication projects. They will discuss the outcomes, process, and the issues or challenges they faced. Black and Newhauser will discuss how their teaching collaboration grew to conference presentations and online workshops in 2020-21, then into a 266 pg book publication titled “Supporting Staged Intimacy; A Practical Guide for Theatre Creatives, Managers, and crew” published by Routledge on November 22, 2022. Their journey will provide insight into what is possible when faculty connect with other colleagues with a focus on similar interests. Smith will discuss how a couple of her art history lessons became published on an open-access website. The lessons, which she also presented at conferences, were published in 2021 on that site, as well as in MSU’s DH Commons. This discussion may prove useful to teachers who seek public recognition for their work. Meier will share three examples of how she turned teaching into scholarly publications: a two-year CIEG-supported project where a group of teachers collaboratively re-invented the curriculum for a basic writing course; our program’s twice-yearly student conference celebrating the work of our first-year writing students; and finally, her own integration of a community activity into a FYW course consisting of mostly multilingual, international students. She will then conclude with a list of practices I have found helpful to this process.
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