As mentioned in the candidate statement, I consider my persistent presence online as a form of service, engaged as I am in academic networking and the sharing of ideas and information. Where appropriate, I draw attention to UM-Flint's social media efforts and encourage interested parties to follow the M Times, Sigma Tau Delta, Critical Issues Forum, and other campus groups, initiatives, organizations, and programs.
While some might see me as more influential and visible online than on campus, I am working toward a better balance. Serving on the Academic Standards Committee is one way I am doing that. Not only am I getting an policy-oriented education, but I am also assisting in the execution and future shape of said policies. Again, I received an earlier, similar education while involved in the development of assessment measures for First Year Experience courses as well as reforms related to General Education. And I look to make further contributions to the UM-Flint community by devising a semester schedule that will allow me to attend CAS meetings with much more regularity.
Included below are select examples of my influence and visibility as well as my service to UM-Flint and beyond. Taken together, I think these examples show a calculated effort to both learn and serve.
Thank-You Letter from Dr. Lofti for representing the English department at UM-Flint's Academic Showcase, 2009
[Letter from Dr. Barnes forthcoming.]
Qua's editorial page and table of contents, 2011
Thank-You Letter from Drs. Gano-Phillips and Heckard for development of FYE assessment, 2010
Email Invitation from Krista Heiser to participate in Blogs in Education brown bag, 2009
Recap of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, 2011 http://betajames.net/my-time-in-atlanta-4c11-cccc11-cccc2011
Recap of the Computers & Writing Conference, 2011 http://betajames.net/my-time-in-ann-arbor-cwcon
Program and Feedback from Greater Flint Educational Consortium's Writing Committee presents Digital Dimensions: Writing in the 21st Century workshop, October 1, 2010 [[posterous-content:wrBxJqyahEeCIqxoksdx]][[posterous-content:qmJffDjkAACHDGBefkrB]]