On February 28 in Portland, Oregon at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Conference on General Education and Assessment, English Professor Annette Sisson (pictured left) presented alongside Director of General Education Allison Moore. Their talk, entitled “Taking on the Sophomore Slump: Intentional Learning through Campus Collaboration,” added to the conference conversation about “Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities” in higher education.
On March 20, three Belmont English faculty presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Sarah Blomeley and Dr. Amy Hodges Hamilton presented together on a panel entitled “Open(ing) Wounds: Accessing Trauma in the Classroom and Community.” Dr. Blomeley’s talk was titled “In Loving Memory: Public Grief and the Future of Mourning in America,” and Dr. Hodges Hamilton’s talk was titled, “When Access to the Personal Becomes Pedagogical: Childhood Cancer and the Composition Classroom.” In addition, Dr. Jason Lovvorn gave a talk called, “Open Sourcing the College Composition Teacher: Using MOOCs for Professional Development and Pedagogical Improvement.”
In addition, on March 27, at the Gulf South Summit On Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education, four Belmont faculty members delivered a presentation entitled “Transformational Community Partnerships: Examining the Components of a Reciprocal Relationship.” Dr. Linda Holt (English), Dr. Jason Lovvorn (English), Dr. Charmion Gustke (English), and Dr. Donovan McAbee (Religion) presented on the theory and practice of successful, service-learning partnerships, including ideas about reciprocity, trust, and assessment. (Pictured above L to R: McAbee, Holt, Lovvorn, Gustke)