How I am spending my summer

Summer is already here, according to the academic calendar at UNC-Chapel Hill. As I’ve noted in the past, this time of year for faculty members is not synonymous with a vacation. Here’s what I have planned for summer 2017:

  • Teach MEJO 157, News Editing, during a condensed term called Maymester. We’ll cover an entire semester’s worth of material in less than three weeks.
  • Review applications for a certificate program in media and technology, and help those who are admitted get settled in for fall semester.
  • Grade comprehensive exams for students in an online master’s program.
  • Teach the journalism component of a week-long jazz workshop.
  • Host a book reading by my friend and former colleague Kathleen Flynn, whose debut novel was released earlier this month.
  • Teach a workshop on alternative story forms at the Chuck Stone Program for Diversity in Education and Media.
  • Update the stylebook of the School of Media and Journalism.
  • Serve as a member of the ACES Education Fund on various tasks, including establishing a scholarship in honor of Bill Walsh, the noted Washington Post copy editor who died this year.
  • Attend two faculty retreats, including one looking at significant changes to the journalism curriculum.
  • Review and update course materials for the three courses that I will teach during the fall semester, which will begin in mid-August.

That’s plenty to keep me busy. Happy summer!

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