Austin College Faculty Discuss Research and Teaching

By: By: Austin College
By: By: Austin College

SHERMAN, TEXAS— Randi Tanglen, Austin College assistant professor of English, will present “Captivity, Canons, and the Classroom” on Tuesday, February 28, at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center, Room 231. The presentation is free and open to the public.

She will discuss the relationship between her teaching and research, especially as it relates to the liberal arts mission of Austin College. Specifically, she will describe how her scholarly interest in the white woman’s narrative of Indian captivity enhances her students’ study of American literature.

Tanglen’s is the first of three Faculty Research and Pedagogy Talks this spring, sponsored by the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching. Additional speakers will include Michael Higgs, associate professor of mathematics and computer science on Tuesday, March 27, and Philip Barker, assistant professor of political science, on Wednesday, April 25. Both lectures will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Wright Campus Center, Room 231.

The Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching advances the mission of Austin College by encouraging the exploration of intellectual frontiers and by fostering intellectual dialogue within and across academic disciplines. The Center supports faculty initiatives that explore questions fundamental to the vitality of the liberal arts tradition at Austin College. The center also facilitates colloquia exploring questions vital to the liberal arts as well as interdisciplinary reading groups; faculty participation in regional, national, and international liberal arts conferences; and informal gatherings devoted to intellectual inquiry and exchange.

The director of the Johnson Center is Bernice Melvin, professor of French and a member of the Austin College faculty since 1980. Committee members include Lance Barton, associate professor of biology; Stephanie Gould, assistant professor of chemistry; Todd Penner, associate professor of religious studies; and Frank Rohmer, associate professor of political science.


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