View the Minutes from EGO’s most recent meeting (1/23/2018) here! **Minutes for 2/6/2018 meeting coming soon.
Have suggestions for EGO? Submit them anonymously to our Virtual Suggestion Box.
Check out this week’s blog post co-authored by first-year MAs and Miracle Monocle editors, Brent & Nicole: What We’re Working On by Brent Coughenour and Nicole Dugan!
- Submit to the EGO Blog! Writing for the blog is a great way to share your unique experience as part of the UofL English department with peers and prospective students. For more information, view the sign-up sheet.
- The applications for the 2018 SGA General Election are open! Students interested in running for office can find the application here. Applications will close at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 19.
- Reminder: As a result of the last Faculty/Graduate Student Forum, a newly designated Graduate Student Longue Space is now available in HUM333 for graduate students looking for a place to hang out or study. Feel free to use it as you wish!
SAVE THE DATE!
- Creating Effective Conference Presentations: Tuesday, February 27 at 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Writing Center Director Dr. Bronwyn Williams will host a workshop addressing the process of creating effective conference presentations. We will talk about preparing for your presentation through strategies for analyzing your audience, organizing your material, and incorporating technology effectively. We will also discuss advice about the presentation itself, including how to lower feelings of stress and anxiety. View the flyer for more information.
- Mother Language Day in the Writing Center: Wednesday, February 21 at 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
COMING UP THIS WEEK
Monday, February 12
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to Speak at UofL, 9:00 a.m., Miller Information Technology Center (MITC), Bigelow Hall (2315 S. First Street Walk, Louisville KY 40208)
- U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will visit the University of Louisville Feb. 12 to take part in the McConnell Center Distinguished Speaker Series. Schumer, D-N.Y., will follow up his speech at the free, public event by taking questions from the audience. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will introduce him. For more information, visit the event page.
Tuesday, February 13
Everyday Technical Writing for Hesitant Writers, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Shelby Campus (9001 Shelbyville Road)
- What we say in writing has a long-term impact on our employees, our customers and our careers. However, we rarely put much thought or planning into these sometimes-daily tasks. We often see writing as a gift rather than the skill it truly is – a skill that can be developed and improved with just a few easy tools, templates and tips. After this seminar, participants will never look at a simple email or quarterly report the same again. For more information, go to the event page.
PLAN Workshop: Technology for Effective Teaching, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Ekstrom Library, Room 104
- Are you a graduate teaching assistant wanting to learn more ways to use technology effectively in your classes? Are there goals and outcomes you have set for your students that you think certain technologies could help students reach? The “Technology for Effective Teaching” workshop is designed to help GTAs learn about, choose, and integrate classroom technologies that will help them teach more effectively. This workshop will provide GTAs with an understanding of how using various technological platforms can enhance students’ knowledge of research skills, group collaboration, and in-class discussion, in addition to offering resources that are helpful for teachers in responding to student work. The presenters will demonstrate, through hands-on activities, how to integrate a range of technologies in order to enhance the goals and process of teaching. Please follow this link and fill out a brief registration form. You are also welcome to join our Facebook group. For more information, go to the event page.
Faculty & Graduate Student Writing Group, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Ekstrom Library, University Writing Center
- The University Writing Center organizes and facilitates writing groups for faculty and graduate students at UofL. The goal is to provide support, community, accountability, and feedback for graduate students working on research writing. Students can work on any project during the writing groups – seminar papers, journal articles, grant proposals, conference presentations, job letters, etc. Students from all disciplines and programs are welcome at the writing groups. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link and fill out a brief registration form. You are also welcome to join our Facebook group. For more information, go to the event page.
Wednesday, January 31
LGBTQ Writing Group, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Ekstrom Library, University Writing Center
- Are you a creative writer who identifies as LGBTQ or as an ally? Are you interested in practicing your writing in a safe, supportive space and getting feedback from fellow writers? This group is open to all student writers working in any genre (nonfiction, fiction, poetry, blended-genre, etc.). It is a great space to get started on some creative writing, work on an existing writing project, and ask for constructive and nonjudgmental feedback from other LGBTQ and allied writers. For more information, go to the event page.
Thursday, February 15
African American Read-In, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ekstrom Library, East Lobby: Learning Commons
- The University Libraries and the English Department celebrate Black History Month with the annual African American Read-In. Faculty, staff, students, and community members read aloud works of their favorite African American authors, with free book giveaways. To schedule time to read, please contact Joan D’Antoni. For more information, go to the event page.
Teaching with an Assignment Sequence Workshop with Dr. Bruce Horner, 3:00 p.m., Bingham 106
- This is a great workshop for graduate students who will be teaching next year or anyone else interested in learning more about pedagogy. “I use examples from my own and others’ teaching to illustrate principles and strategies for integrating sequences of writing and reading assignments into coursework so that students learn to use their writing to revise their reading and thinking about subject matter in substantive ways” – Dr. Bruce Horner.
PLAN Workshop: Building your Teaching Portfolio for the Job Market, 2:00 – 4:00p.m., Houchens Building 105
- How do you gather, organize, and share information about your teaching for the job market, particularly when you may not have much experience? Where do you capture your reflections about what teaching strategies and assignments work–and which ones don’t–so that you can chart a course of improvement as a teacher? In this interactive session, we will consider the benefits of starting and maintaining a teaching portfolio, consider some different types of portfolios, and identify the items that should be included. Please register for this event here. You are also welcome to join our Facebook group. For more information, go to the event page.
Friday, February 16
PLAN Workshop: What Do You Mean You’d Like Me to Present My Research?, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Houchens Building 105
- This workshop will prepare students to effectively present their research at an academic conference or other public forum. While students are often expected to present research at academic conferences, this workshop also will prepare students for a successful thesis or dissertation defense. Students will learn practical strategies for dealing with stage fright as well as the best strategies for communicating information during an oral presentation. Finally, we will briefly discuss the differences between an oral presentation and a poster presentation. Students will learn practical strategies for creating and presenting scientific posters and also how to handle the author session for discussing their poster during an academic conference. Please register for this event here. You are also welcome to join our Facebook group. For more information, go to the event page.
Graduate-Faculty Forum: Sustainability, Equity & Inclusivity, 2:00 p.m., Ekstrom Library 117A
- The next in a series of ongoing discussions between English department faculty and graduate students regarding sustainability, equity, an inclusivity. All are welcome! Here is a link to the minutes from the last meeting.
SELF CARE ON CAMPUS:
Group Fitness Classes – Free at SRC – Classes include Yoga, Zumba, Cycling, Quick-Fit, HipHop Cardio and Step. Complete schedule online.
Check out the Writing Center Events Calendar for upcoming writing events.
Check out the PLAN Workshop series through the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for professional development workshop opportunities.
Check out the UofL Events Calendar for upcoming events in the UofL community.
Miracle Monocle Award for Ambitious Student Writing
- Miracle Monocle is on the hunt for one amazing student writer to win our inaugural Award for Ambitious Student Writing. Entry to the competition is 100% free and the prize, which includes $200 and publication in our 10th issue, is 100% awesome. Any currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate writer is eligible to submit here. For more information, visit the website and follow the Facebook
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity with the Scholars Strategic Network (SSN)
- This opportunity is specifically aimed at young scholars who wish to engage in research and public scholarship to improve policy. For more information, visit the website.
Culbertson Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow Opportunity with the Dept. of English at Indiana University, Bloomington
- Review of applications will begin 2/23. Position is for 2 years starting in 2018/2019. Two courses per semester, salary of $55,000 plus benefits. Additional research supplement. Candidates must hold a PhD by July 1. We especially welcome experience and expertise in the teaching of professional writing, digital rhetoric, multilingual writing, and/or cultural rhetorics. The Fellow will participate in a lively community of rhetoric scholars that includes specialists in communication as well as specialists in writing. Applicants should apply online (preferred) and include a cover letter, CV, graduate transcript (upload the transcript under “Other”), and three letters of reference. Queries can be sent via email to Professor John Schilb.
CALLS FOR PAPERS
Regularly updated CFP calendar with topics including rhetoric, composition, technology, and technical writing.