Professional Objectives for 2019-20

  1. To present current research in regional, national and/or international conferences.
  2. To submit the proposal for my current book project, “Walt Whitman and the Sociological Imagination,” which charts the Whitman’s presence in the development of U.S. sociology
  3. To have an article in progress on the reception of abolitionist John Brown accepted for publication in an Americanist journal of record.
  4. To publish a book review on a pertinent work.
  5. To work on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative at Graceland University.
  6. To work on launching an Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative at Graceland University.
  7. To foster writing and pedagogy networks with nineteenth century Americanists in the Midwest.
  8. To submit the proposal for my current book project, “Walt Whitman and the Sociological Imagination,” which charts the Whitman’s presence in the development of U.S. sociology.
  9. To collaborate across disciplines in the conception of (at least) one public event or project.
  10. To develop my teaching skills through mentoring, books, and workshops.
  11. To enroll in a course or conference on digital pedagogy and/or the digital humanities.

5-Year Goals

  1. To continue developing and promoting the Open Anthology of Earlier American Literature. 
  2. To encourage/help foster the use of Open Electronic Resources at Graceland University.
  3. To build a more focused and public presence for the “Equal Opportunity Committee” (soon to be “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee”)
  4. To publish my current book project, “Walt Whitman and the Sociological Imagination” with the University of Iowa Press-Walt Whitman Series.
  5. To grow a network of guest scholars with an eye towards formalizing a visiting lecturer series.
  6. To build on the Lamoni Literary Walk project in collaboration with faculty, staff, and the city of Lamoni.
  7. To create a traveling, competitive SLAM poetry team at Graceland University.
  8. To begin researching and presenting essays on a second long-term scholarly project on the reception of U.S. literary “race traitors” (e.g. John Brown, Huck Finn, Wendell Phillips) in the activist ephemera of late 20th-early 21st century anti-racist groups (like Prairie Fire, John Brown Anti-Klan Committee, Race Traitor, Redneck Revolt.)
  9. To send my son, Malcolm, off to kindergarten a happy and healthy kid.