The Teaching Forum is pleased to announce its first installment of the Alumni Speaker Series. We have three wonderful guests lined up to talk with us about pursuing alt-ac and academic careers after completing an advanced degree in English at UW-Madison. Learn more about them below!
Catherine DeRose is the Engagement and Outreach Manager for the Digital Humanities Lab at Yale University where she oversees communication for the lab and collaborates on research and teaching initiatives on campus. She was recently awarded an ACLS Digital Extension Grant for her participation on Yale’s Photogrammar project, which maps 170,000 photographs taken during the Great Depression and World War II. Catherine graduated with a PhD from the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. You can learn more about what Cathy is up to on her personal website and on her staff webpage.
Veronika Drake is an Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track) at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU), a comprehensive regional university with a focus on undergraduate education. She holds a PhD in English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013), an MA in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and an MA in English Linguistics and Literatures, History, and Education from the University of Regensburg, Germany. At SVSU, she teaches a variety of linguistics courses such as Introduction to Language Study, Language and Society, and Language in Education for English minors and majors, TESOL certificate/ESL endorsement students, and education majors. Her research interests are firmly grounded in language in use as well as culture and grammar in interaction. Here, she explores interactional functions of similar linguistic formats from a cross-linguistic perspective. Two of the major projects she is working on are alternative questions and or-phrases in utterance-final position such as or something, or whatever, or what and or (i.e., “Do I lose one too or”) in German and English.
Becca Tarsa is a lecturer at Trinity College, specializing in digital writing and rhetoric. Her work explores the changing role of written language within the digital landscape drives, particularly as it is experienced by college students. Becca encourages students to think of writing as a dynamic process rather than a set of static rules. Combining digital tools with traditional academic genres, her classes are designed to equip students for successful writing both within and beyond the academy. In addition to her expertise in digital pedagogy, Becca has a strong service record in both writing center administration and first-year writing. Before arriving at Trinity, she taught for seven years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An inaugural recipient of the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative Graduate Fellowship, Becca has organized panels on teaching with video games for two national conferences. Her research on digital interfaces and literacy activity can be seen in College English (faculty webpage). You can learn more about what Becca is up to on her personal website.