Author Archives: Jeff Allred

the last class: whew.

Our hair is all on fire right now, but I wanted to send a quick reflection on the problems and potentiality of the last day of class. It’s so easy to let this day slip through our fingers: we’re tired, … Continue reading

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“ungrading” in the classroom

[cross-posted with ACERT] The following recap was written by Philip Johnson (Graduate Center, WAC Fellow) On March 7, the Lunchtime Seminar turned to the idea of ungrading, as a means of questioning not only how we grade, but why we grade … Continue reading

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capstones: thinking about final projects

Full disclosure: this post will be especially relevant for 252 instructors, but I hope it sheds light on the issues all instructors face in planning, executing, and evaluating final projects in English courses. I’m teaching ENGL 252 for the first … Continue reading

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Student Research in the Classroom from Paul McPherron and Trudy Smoke

Check out this blog post on Macmillan’s Higher Education site by our English colleagues, Paul and Trudy, on integrating student research into the classroom. The post gives a good overview for the importance of student research as a means of … Continue reading

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Alan Liu talk at the GC this Friday at 4pm

The amazing Alan Liu is giving a talk at the Graduate Center (Room 4406) this Friday on digital humanities and “critical infrastructure studies,” the emerging field looking at how the infrastructure around cloud computing and ubiquitous networks relates to the … Continue reading

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ACERT Lunchtime Seminar Series

I wanted to alert everyone to this term’s Lunchtime Seminar series at ACERT, Hunter’s center for teaching and learning. For those who are not familiar, these lunchtime events take place every Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks in the middle … Continue reading

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my hours this term

Just a quick note to say that I’ll be holding office hours for faculty teaching 252, 306, 338, and 395 this semester on Mon-Th from 1:30 to 2:30. Stop by with any issues/problems you’re having in the classroom or just … Continue reading

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bon voyage!

Just wanted to wish everyone a smooth start to the semester. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this piece by James Lang, an English professor and author of the invaluable Small Teaching. Lang’s basic point is that we can … Continue reading

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ACERT introduction to Teaching on the CUNY Academic Commons: January 9th, 12-2pm

REMINDER: I’m co-leading a workshop on campus next week (Wed 1/9) introducing the CUNY Commons as a teaching tool. If you’ve ever wanted to try alternatives to Bb, this is a great way to get some support! Details below. cross-posted … Continue reading

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Recap of meeting with 306 instructors

This week I met with Nico Israel and Mark Miller about English 306 (Introduction to Literary Theory). Both have extensive experience teaching the course, and we tried to articulate some broad goals and best practices to guide faculty who teach … Continue reading

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