How I am spending my summer

It’s summertime. As I’ve noted in the past, this time of year for faculty members is not a three-month vacation. The pace is certainly slower, but there are plenty of things to get done.

Here’s what I have been up to so far this summer:

  • Reviewed applications for UNC-Chapel Hill’s certificate program in digital communication.
  • Reviewed applications and graded comprehensive exams for students in an online master’s program in digital communication.
  • Advised a student in that program on his master’s thesis.
  • Updated my IRB ethics training as required by the university.
  • Prepared and taught a one-day workshop for journalists at Industry Dive in Washington, D.C.
  • Prepared and taught the journalism component of the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop.
  • Helped revise the journalism school’s usage and grammar test.
  • Wrote posts and conducted interviews for this site.

Here’s what I have planned between now and the start of the fall semester on Aug. 20:

  • Update the stylebook of the School of Media and Journalism.
  • Prepare and submit a nomination for the Robinson Prize, awarded by ACES: The Society for Editing.
  • Assist with orientation for the master’s and certificate programs in digital communication.
  • Attend two faculty retreats and other pre-semester meetings.
  • Review and update course materials for the three courses that I will teach.

I hope you are having a great summer!