I find myself halfway through my third year. So a quick self-assessment is in order.
Publications: Articles, Journals, Books
Publications have slowed down at the moment as I’ve ben involved in so much administrative stuff that is taking up more and more time. The special issue of Storytelling Self Society on narrative ethnography and Bud Goodall and Nick Trujillo is just about ready to go to the publisher, although that does not come out until next fall. Only one article so far this year – although it was the lead article in the premiere edition of The Popular Culture Studies Journal.
Herrmann, Andrew F. (2013). Daniel Amos and me: The power of pop culture and autoethnography. Popular Culture Studies Journal, 1, 6-17.
I do have one book chapter coming out in the Spring in a collection edited by Tony Adams and Jonathan Wyatt on family communication.
The #WeNeedaWord book’s contract was signed. Chapter drafts are rolling in and I am looking forward to working with Art Herbig and Adam Tyma to make this edited collection the best it can possibly be. That book should be out next summer.
The Basic Course
Revamping the basic course again, as I keep on refining to find the right balance between the large lectures and the breakout sections. Incorporating pop quizzes again, because students stop coming to lecture halfway through the semester, and then fail the exams. That’s not good, so it is back to the quizzes in class. I hate the idea, but when one-third of your students fail the exams, you have to get them to come to lecture.
Never again. My organizational communication class – for the second year in a row – was not at all how I expected it to go. I tried – for the second year in a row – to attempt to get students through the IRB so they could do honest-to-God organizational ethnographies. Unfortunately, by the time we got IRB approval, it was the middle of October, and doing an ethnography was impossible. So never again.
Likewise the organizational class is a combined undergrad-grad class. This year it was 15 undergrads and six grads. This makes everyone frustrated. The undergrads get frustrated because I delve into some things deeply with the graduate students, and the former feel lost. The graduate students feel like I am skimming over too much interesting info as I address the undergraduates’ concerns. So…
I put in a curriculum change separating the two classes. One for undergrads and one for grads. Hopefully this curriculum change will go through and I will be better able to assist everyone. The grad students will be able to do full-blown organizational ethnographies, and the undergrads will earn the basics of org com theory. Here’s hoping!
Other Important Stuff
Lost a few students from this program, but gained some others. I think that some students love the idea of being in the HID program, but then realize they don’t have the time to do all the extra work. I think the thesis scares some of them. I need to better explain all of that when they come to me for advisement. I love advising these really good students, but need to make sure I’m serving them well.
Annalee is coming along well with her thesis and there is no way she will not be finished in the Spring. A job well done so far. I am going to miss her when she leaves. Two more students came in to ask me to be their advisor. I said yes, and I hope I am not taking too much upon myself.
Well first there was DragonCon. Then there was Nashville Comic Con. Andrew Dunn and I handed out a lot of surveys and he put together a submission for ICA. So that’s good. I have yet to figure out what to do with the qualitative survey data. There doesn't seem to be any there there. Still working that out.
Just got permission to do an organizational ethnography from Shawn, the owner of Atomik Comics here in Johnson City. I’m going to observe how comic book collectors go about talking about their various obsessions. Need to get that through the IRB first. Looking forward to that.
That’s the summary. Here’s hoping the Spring semester is fruitful, delightful, and fantastic!