Zooming Out: What Teaching Online Taught Me About Classroom Community

PALS is excited to welcome back Kristin Lacey for another guest post. Lacey is a PhD student at Boston University working on nineteenth-century American literature. In her post, Lacey documents changes she made for online teaching to help foster student interactions and community building. She explores how these online practices could be adapted for the … Continue reading Zooming Out: What Teaching Online Taught Me About Classroom Community

On Losing What You Never Had

This post marks my first in over a year. I didn’t plan for that to be the case, and last January I had begun to sketch out a series of essays that I was excited to write for the blog. And then the pandemic hit. Like most others, I found myself overwhelmed just trying to … Continue reading On Losing What You Never Had

Academia, Your Whorephobia is Showing

Academics love a good dragging of higher education’s broken systems. Academics got exactly such a dragging when The Chronicle of Higher Education dropped a long-form feature essay on December 5th, 2019.  The essay detailed a first-person account written by a recent PhD graduate abandoned, shamed, and harassed by their dissertation advisor. The essay’s author found … Continue reading Academia, Your Whorephobia is Showing

Working Together While Being Apart: Effective Pedagogical Experiments in a Hybrid Literature Survey Course

PALS is excited to welcome a guest post from Carie Schneider. Schneider is assistant professor and Director of Composition in the Department of Communication, English and Foreign Languages at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In the post below, she outlines some tips for using the Google Suite in a hybrid survey course. As many of us … Continue reading Working Together While Being Apart: Effective Pedagogical Experiments in a Hybrid Literature Survey Course

In These Uncertain Times: Embracing the Weird in a Contemporary Literature Seminar

PALS welcomes a guest post from Kate Harlin. Harlin is an Assistant Professor of Postcolonial Literature at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. In this post, she writes about the joys and challenges of planning and executing a contemporary literature seminar in her first job during a pandemic. This was going to be a weird semester no … Continue reading In These Uncertain Times: Embracing the Weird in a Contemporary Literature Seminar

PALS Roundtable: Digital Teaching Strategies in a Pandemic

While many of us have taught online before, we have not done so in the circumstances of a pandemic. Also, most of us have not been faced with a situation where the planning for our classes is so up in the air and where we have to switch between face to face plans and digital … Continue reading PALS Roundtable: Digital Teaching Strategies in a Pandemic

How not to read literature like an English professor

I walked out of a classroom for (what appeared) the last time in late April 2019. I remember it as a third-person memory. Walking out of the building, crossing the skywalk, thinking to myself I likely exited a classroom for the last time. I returned to the classroom that fall. The classes didn’t belong to … Continue reading How not to read literature like an English professor

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Language

PALS welcomes a post from Matthew Teutsch, who is director of the Lillian E. Smith Center at Piedmont College. In this post, Teutsch writes about language in Huck Finn and investigates moments where it, for examples, includes or excludes some characters from recognizing other character's humanity. While I was in Norway, I taught Mark Twain's … Continue reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Language

Is this the End of PALS? – Revisiting a Reflection

An Edit: I want to engage in an experiment. Below you'll find the skeleton of a post that first appeared in November 2019. Originally, I modeled the post after click-bait YouTube videos. I dashed the post off quickly. The posts central argument remains lodged in my thoughts, even though I made quick work of writing … Continue reading Is this the End of PALS? – Revisiting a Reflection

PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

During the Before Times, academic summer, running roughly between the start of May and the week after Labor Day, represented a sparse time for PALS site viewership. Yes, we do share new pieces during the summer, but the posts don't always receive the same viewership as posts published outside of academic summer. One great thing … Continue reading PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

Crowdsourced Online Resources for Teaching

Towards the end of the summer we put out a Twitter call for a crowdsourced list of online materials useful for teaching. We heard a wealth of responses from our followers. In the past, we would have turned all those tweets into a Twitter Moment. Alas the Twitter Moments feature is basically unusable. It has … Continue reading Crowdsourced Online Resources for Teaching

Pandemic Distance High School

Dear College Professor, I’m Teaching High School during the Covid-19 pandemic. IMG_0429 via Xavier R. Chen At some point during your own cycle of on-again-off-again, in-person, mask-mandatory, mask-optional, socially distanced, hybrid, remote, online teaching this fall, you might think “gosh, I wonder how they’re doing it in high school right now? What’s this going to … Continue reading Pandemic Distance High School