The Academic Minute from 09.16 – 09.20
Monday, September 16th
Lisa Leopold – Middlebury Institute of International Studies
Lisa Leopold is an associate professor and program coordinator for the Institute’s English for Academic and Professional Purposes Program. She brings over a decade of experience teaching survival and academic English to adult immigrants, refugees, children, and community college, university, and graduate students on five continents.
Recognizing what a privilege and responsibility teaching is, Professor Leopold strives for excellence by designing challenging courses which utilize authentic, research-based materials, promote learner autonomy, and foster students’ academic and professional growth. She aspires to create learning opportunities which deepen students’ appreciation for the new perspectives and relationships communicating in another language opens, and she never stops learning.
Tuesday, September 17th
Jennifer Kinder – Notre Dame de Namur University
Dr. Jennifer Kinder is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology and the Kinesiology Program Director at Notre Dame de Namur University. She is also a pelvic health physical therapist and owner of Rehab Fitness & Wellness where she primarily treats pregnancy, postpartum, and female athletes struggling with pelvic health dysfunctions. Her research focuses on pelvic health dysfunction, postpartum care, female athletes, and telerehabilitation. When she is not in the classroom or in clinic she enjoys dance and being outdoors with her husband and 2 boys.
Wednesday, September 18th
Douglas Dowland – Ohio Northern University
Language and Nationalism
Douglas Dowland is Associate Professor of English at Ohio Northern University. He was named Professor of the Year for 2018 by its Getty College of Arts and Sciences. His book, Weak Nationalisms: Affect and Nonfiction in Postwar America, is available through the University of Nebraska Press.
Thursday, September 19th
Emily DuVal – Florida State University
Avian Au Pairs
Emily DuVal is an associate professor of Biological Science at Florida State University. She has spent more than two decades studying cooperative behavior and other issues related to mate selection in birds. She received her doctoral degree from University of California at Berkeley and conducted postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany. She has taught at Florida State since 2008.
Friday, September 20th
Mara Grayson – California State University, Dominguez Hills
Trigger Warnings in the Classroom
Dr. Mara Lee Grayson is an Assistant Professor of English at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her research and teaching explore rhetorics of race, composition pedagogy, and racial literacy in writing studies. Her first book, Teaching Racial Literacy: Reflective Practices for Critical Writing, provides theoretical framing and pedagogical strategies for instructors seeking to implement racial literacy curricula. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in English Education, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, English Journal, Fiction, Columbia Journal, The St. John’s University Humanities Review, The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, and numerous edited collections. An active member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Dr. Grayson holds a PhD in English Education from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. She is currently completing her second book. Follow her on Twitter: @MaraLeeGrayson.