Faculty News

Update 2015

Lee Brooks published a book titled Being the Parent of an Opiate Addict:  A Real-Time Poetic Response and published new poems in Parody and in the contest issue of Passager. Lee also taught in UM Ann Arbor’s Summer Bridge Program and scored advanced placement examination essays (language) in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jill Darling published an essay, “Building Community in the Computer Classroom,” in Hybrid Pedagogy online. Also, Jill’s book of poetry, a geography of syntax, will be published by Lavender Ink Press in Spring 2016.

Bill DeGenaro recently published a chapter, “Night School in Beirut and the Public Sphere: Student Civic Action Rooted in Liberal Secularism,” in Intercultural Communication with Arabs: Studies in Educational, Professional, and Societal Contexts (Ed. Rana Raddawi, New York: Springer, 2015, pages 141-159). In March, Bill presented a paper, “Risking a Transnational Ethos in a Basic Writing Program,” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, Florida. In July, he presented “Performing Translingual Pedagogy” at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Conference in Boise, Idaho.

Thom Foy prepared the scripts and directed two dramatic readings of recently published works by J.R.R. Tolkien—the fairy tale Sellic Spell and his prose translation of Beowulf—and Thom performed Sellic Spell as well, both at the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May. Also at the Medievalist Congress, Thom contributed lyrics for a song, “Aerin, Indor’s daughter, of the people of Haleth,” included in the song cycle titled “Maidens of Middle-earth” performed by the composer, Eileen Marie Moore. Thom also scored advanced placement examination essays (language) in Kansas City, Missouri in June.

Marjorie Lynn scored advanced placement examination essays (literature) in Kansas City, Missouri in June for the 8th year. She also evaluated proposals for LEO Professional Development Funds.

P.F. Potvin presented “Who’s that Knocking?  Multimedia Collaborations in Service-Learning” at the CCCC conference in March. He also attended the Associated Writing Program conference in April, received LEO Professional and Creative Teaching Fund grants, and coordinated student academic service-learning collaborations with the Arab American National Museum (Fall 2014). Beginning in the fall of 2014, P.F. facilitated student research walking tours in Eastern Market through Preservation Detroit, and in August 2015, he copyedited OMNIBUS VII, an anthology of local student writing, in conjunction with 826 Michigan.

Liz Rohan—with MALS grad student and UM-D writing center tutor Sara Smith—completed a storytelling project at Southwest Solutions Adult Learning Lab, which culminated in a booklet of student writing. Some student writers read from their work at the lab on December 14th. You can read all about it here.

Kristi Stewart, now Dr. Kristi Stewart, defended her dissertation, "What's Left Unsaid: Rewriting and Restorying in a South African Teacher Education Classroom," in December. To facilitate this research, Kristi spent a semester collecting data and co-teaching a course in South Africa, in addition to returning to South Africa twice in 2015 to wrap up her project. As a result of this study, Kristi has two manuscripts being published in edited collections. The first, "One Story, Many Voices: Preparing Teachers through Story Work in a Democratized South Africa," will be published in the edited collection, Storying Historical Consciousness in Times of Reconciliation: Oral History, Public Education, and Cultures of Redress. A second manuscript, "Writing South Africa: Digital Storytelling as Sites of Resistance and Restoration," is set to be published in an international anthology of digital storytelling later this year. Kristi has also co-authored a paper that will be published in the British Journal of Educational Technology that speaks to a collaboration between her cross-cultural writing class here in Dearborn and a university class in South Africa that was facilitated through Facebook. Additionally in 2015, Kristi presented papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, at the Emerging Technologies and Authentic Learning Conference in Higher Education in South Africa, and Voices of Change: 6th International Digital Storytelling Conference in Boston. Lastly, for the Writing Program, Kristi led a department-wide assessment of Composition 280 in order to author a statement of best practice.