So I just checked the date of my last post, and it's been almost a month since the last time I wrote on this blog. If I can step back for a moment and blog about my blogging, it's true that this blog primarily deals with my professional interests, as opposed to my personal life - to the extent that they can be separated, of course. This past month has been quite productive and interesting personally, but on a professional level, I'm kind of turning it down a notch for the summer - hence the silence on the blog.
I do have a few projects that I'm excited about, though, especially my first "real" teaching gig. Although I've helped to design, and instructed in, several high-residency technology-related workshops, this summer I'm teaching a section of a pre-freshman summer program in reading - and now for something completely different, right? In many ways, yes - the population of students is very different from the liberal arts college students I'm used to working with - but I'm psyched for the opportunity. Dana's teaching the other section, and she's a fantastic prof, so I'm excited to learn a lot from her. We'll be blogging, wiki-ing, discussing current events, the whole nine yards. Expect lots of reflections here once the course begins.
The fun starts in July, so June is primarily a time to catch up on some reading, particularly with an eye toward editing the first few chapters of my dissertation. (...since I don't have any data yet. grrr.) The other thing I'm really excited about also has to do with teaching - specifically, a course at Teachers College in the fall, called Social and Communicative Aspects of Internet Communication Technologies. Not my title - my advisor usually teaches it - but I do have a lot of freedom with the syllabus, and it's been rather intoxicating to pull together something that represents my vision of the important conversations around this particular topic. *No* idea how it'll actually turn out, but I'm enjoying the planning at least. Will post links to syllabi and whatnot once I have it finalized and up on a wiki.
So, lest you think I'm slacking... I kind of am, at least for now. :) But lots of exciting things to come - not least, my dissertation data collection, should the gods smile on me at last!