Ignite Lansing, Communities, and Schneider

Posted by on Mar 8, 2010 in Dirt, Leadership and Management | 32 Comments

Okay, before I begin, I didn’t attend Ignite 3.0. I did make it to 2.0, so I know what it’s about: I support it whole heartedly. It is part of this larger movement, I’ll call it the #LoveLansing movement, that we have been engaging in the past couple of years. This group of people who […]

How Student Affairs will make me a better Professor

Over the past two and a half years, I have worked in the Department of Student Life at Michigan State University, helping to coordinate the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program. Although my time spent working with the office diminished from 25 to 10 to 5 hours a week, I have learned a great […]

The Class I want to Teach

This semester, I’ve been enrolled in a course on college teaching, as well as doing the Graduate Engagement Certificate out of the Office of Engagement. Both experiences have me thinking hard about what type of teacher I hope to be, and also what kinds of courses I’d like to teach. This idea, although requiring a […]

Process or Methodology?

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 3 Comments

The role of the advisor is just that, to give advice. My advisor, Kenneth Lewis, came through big time last week during an impromptu meeting we had last week about my dissertation research questions (still being worked on, but I’ll post them once they’re completed). I had a feeling it was going to be an […]

Campus Culture and Teaching

A long while back, I wrote a blog post about my views on colleges as culture factories. Long story short, I believe that the process of attending a university or college is to shape and mold a student into an individual with certain types of skills and values that are specific to the institution that […]

The Thinking Stage

I am working on my dissertation proposal. Or so I say. I haven’t really written much. But, that should all change this week. This week, I start writing. Up until that point, I’ve been Thinking. I’ve been in the Thinking Stage. For me, this stage often takes up the most amount of time in my […]

Foursquare, Yelp, and Making Archaeology Visible on the Virtual Landscape

Posted by on Jan 13, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | One Comment

Unless you have the resources of Williamsburg or Historic St. Mary’s City, recreating the historical landscape above ground is a near impossibility. Once excavations are complete, the units are filled in, and the space goes back to being what it once was, or it is converted into a new building, road, highway, or park. The […]

The Real Next Step: Dissertation Proposal

Posted by on Jan 4, 2010 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | No Comments

As fun as it is to think that I will have all the time in the world to sit around and read great books, passing comprehensive exams is really just the beginning of the important part of my time in graduate school. The fun/hard part starts now. Writing the dissertation. And the first part of […]

Congratulations! You just passed your Comps! What are you going to do now??

Read a book. More specifically, a book that has nothing to do with archaeology. Or history. Or any combination of the two. In fact, I’m hoping that this book will have no basis in reality. In other words, it will be a book of fiction. For the past year, I have been working on preparing […]

Early Chesapeake History and Culture Conference: Recap

Posted by on Nov 23, 2009 in Dirt, Research and Engagement | 2 Comments

This past weekend I was in Solomon’s Island, Maryland, for the Early Chesapeake History and Culture Conference, which was hosted by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, in cooperation with Historic St. Mary’s City and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. It was quite an impressive conference, particularly because of the accumulation of […]