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Bridging the Divide: Creating Meaningful Scholarship at the Teaching-Intensive Institution

Join us on Thursday, April 29th, at 3:30 pm Eastern for the first offering in our new Community Conversations series held via Zoom. This inaugural event is being co-sponsored by the Monroe Community College Institute for the Humanities.

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Bridging the Divide: Creating Meaningful Scholarship at the Teaching-Intensive Institution

Can community college humanities faculty engage in meaningful scholarship amid the workload demands of the teaching-intensive institution? How do they retain or reclaim their scholarly identities at schools that prioritize pedagogy and service over research and publishing? By what means might they expand or reimagine the notion and practice of “legitimate” scholarship within the context of their colleges’ teaching-intensive, access-oriented mission.

During this live, interactive forum, a panel of accomplished community college faculty members will discuss their respective approaches to both traditional and innovative forms of scholarly production—particularly their integration with pedagogy and curricular development—and examine the challenges and rewards inherent to the work of a humanities teacher-scholar.

Featured Speakers:

Kathleen Tamayo Alves, Associate Professor, English, CUNY Queensborough Community College

Jessica Floyd, Associate Professor, English, Community College of Baltimore County

Angelique Johnston, Professor, English, Monroe Community College

Andrew Winters, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Yavapai College

Michael Jacobs, Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, Monroe Community College (Moderator)

Access to this inaugural event is free and open to the public. Future forums for this series will be free for CCHA Members and cost a nominal fee for non-members.

Panelist Bios:

Alves photoKathleen Alves teaches literature and composition at Queensborough Community College-CUNY. She specializes in eighteenth-century literature, culture, and the social history of medicine. She has presented and published articles drawn from her book-length project, Body Language: Medicine and the Eighteenth-Century Comic Novel.

Jessica FloydJessica Floyd is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of English at the Community College Baltimore County in Essex, MD.  Her research investigates bawdy cultural artifacts by applying an interdisciplinary lens to uncover what these objects represent about gender, sexuality, and identity.  Dr. Floyd completed her doctoral work at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she analyzed unexpurgated chantey narratives by applying historical research, scholarship in gender/sexuality, frameworks developed in queer theory, case studies in sociolinguistics, and processes used in literary analysis.  She successfully defended her dissertation Jib-boom, Barrels, and Dead-eyes: Singing Sex in Sea Chanteys in 2017 and has continued pursuing questions that arose in that coursework.  Dr. Floyd is currently in the process of completing a book manuscript on the narratives of chanteys, located in an unpublished manuscript of unexpurgated folksong, and is actively involved in publishing work that treats cultural artifacts as literary objects for deeper investigation.

Angelique Johnston is an Associate Professor in the English and Philosophy Department at Monroe Community College. Her work at the community college level focusses specifically on using creative pedagogy and community engagement to support college success. With a Master’s degree in Victorian Literature from Binghamton University, Prof. Johnston has taught composition, introduction to literature, children’s literature, and Shakespeare courses at the community college since 2009. Her aim is to provide innovative, rigorous opportunities for students to exercise critical thinking on their path towards obtaining their associate’s degree. She has been in multiple grants with various partners in the Rochester City School District to build pathways of equity and opportunity for higher education. She runs the composition committee and the Rochester-area College Readiness Committee, and is an active member of the Accelerated Learning Program committee and the Teaching and Creativity Center’s Reflective Practice Groups.

Andrew M. WintersAndrew M. Winters is Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, USA. He is the editor of Stranger Things and Philosophy (Open Court, 2019) and Neon Genesis and Philosophy (Open Court, Forthcoming), and authored Natural Processes: Understanding Metaphysics without Substance(Palgrave, 20017). He has done work in pop culture, focusing on such films and shows as Twin Peaks, True Detective, Hannibal, and Zodiac. He’s also written and presented on topics in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of science, aesthetics, and pedagogy. He’s taught courses in philosophy, religious studies, and humanities for over 16 years at the community college and university levels.

Michael JacobsMichael Jacobs is Dean, Humanities and Social Sciences, at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. He has contributed essays and articles on both documentary literature and humanities education to Literary Journalism Studies, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men at 75: Anniversary Essays, and Community College Humanities Review. He is also the founding Director of Monroe Community College’s Institute for the Humanities and currently serves as Deputy Director, National Conferences, for the Community College Humanities Association. Prior to his position at MCC, Michael was Co-Chair of English at Berkeley College in New York City where he taught courses in writing, literature, and film from 2002 to 2017.

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