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Chris Blankenship

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cblanken@uccs.edu

Alma Maters: BA and MA in English at Tennessee Tech Univ,ABD at Northern Illinois Univ.
Classes Taught: ENGL 1410, ENGL 3110
Countries Traveled To: Canada?
Companies Worked For: Tennessee Tech Univ,Northern Illinois Univ,Smarthinkingcom
What is your style of teaching?
Student-centered when possible. Lots of discussion, small group work, etc. It's important that students don't just consume information but that they create it.
What materials and media do you use in the classroom?
Blackboard, YouTube, Word, Diigo for media. Materials include lots of online articles for the most up to date information on topics of interest.
What is the most engaging assignment you give?
This sounds like a trick question. It really depends on the class and the student. Though I do like the use of The Dumbest Generation in my comp classes.
When grading a student, what do you look for?
Depends on the class and assignment. For papers, thoughtful development of ideas, good reasoning/support, and effective organization.
What kind of student would love your class?
A student who is willing to come in and contribute to the class. If you just want to be talked at all semester, best to find someone else.
What is one piece of advice you have for students?
If you're having problems or are unsure of something, ask questions and use office hours. So many people who fail could have prevented it by being proactive.
What area in your field are you most knowledgeable about?
Rhetoric and Composition, specifically in contemporary rhetorical theory, digital rhetoric, and technology in the classroom.
What is one accomplishment you are proud of?
Running a small, annual conference and bringing in a huge name speaker through the power of networking, negotiation, and fund raising.
Are you currently involved in something interesting outside the classroom?
Interesting to students? Probably not. Just the usual academic writing and conference presenting.
Is there anything else the student should know before taking your class?
Be ready to work. I like to make classes fun, but I'm also going to hold everyone to the same college-level standard.

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