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!