Lessons from Ad Team

Lessons from Ad Team

One of the pinnacles of a Drury Communication student’s educational experience (besides an in-class ukulele singalong led by Dr. Rick Maxson) can be Ad Team. Every spring, this mock ad agency is formed by budding Ad/PR gurus, graphic designers, marketing specialists, research mavens, and anything in-between. Ad Team is Drury’s army for the American Advertising(…)

The Life of the Poet

The Life of the Poet

In some ways, I live my life in thirds: one-third devoted to family, one-third devoted to teaching, and one-third in the life of the mind. We can all do this kind of math with our lives (although I was hoping that a life in the humanities meant there would be no math—fat chance, as it(…)

Studying Abroad: The Humanities Lab

Studying Abroad: The Humanities Lab

I’m going to admit right up front that this post is a shameless plug. I want to encourage you – any of you who consider yourselves students – to study abroad, and I want you to study a language while you’re doing it (hopefully in France, but if you want to join my colleagues in(…)

A Feminist’s Last Resort (Explicit Language)

A Feminist’s Last Resort (Explicit Language)

If you know me professionally, or casually, you know that I am a feminist Bible scholar; I’ve been teaching, publishing and lecturing publically since 1998. I work primarily with post-structural criticism and gender theory. My work can be summed up as this: I want people to stop being ass hats. Specifically, I want people to(…)

Challenging Ourselves as Teachers

Challenging Ourselves as Teachers

During my first decade of teaching history at Drury, I faced one consistent challenge when it came to research papers. To be sure, it did not involve getting students to see the value of history. And it did not concern showing them that the study of the past illuminates the nature of the present. Instead,(…)