Our deadlines aren’t arbitrary. They’re established to help keep you on track with your work, to ensure that our collaborative work progresses smoothly, and to give me sufficient time to review your work. Assignment deadlines are clearly noted on the syllabus. In all cases, you’re made aware of these deadlines weeks in advance, and in some cases you even choose your own assignment deadlines, which allows you to do your work when it suits your schedule. I am also more than happy to work with you, in advance of assignment deadlines, to develop your projects.
I take your work seriously, I read it closely, and I’m known for providing substantial, thorough, constructive feedback. It takes me about an hour to review each student project. I set aside big blocks of time for assignment review immediately after each deadline, and pretty much every day of the week I’m committed to reviewing some batch of student work! Missing deadlines means you miss your “window of opportunity” for review and feedback, which is a big part of your learning experience. Late work = no comments. Given the extraordinary demands of this pandemic era, late work will not be penalized, but it will not benefit from feedback from your classmates or me.
A student who has not submitted all assigned work by the end of the semester does not receive an “Incomplete” by default. “Incompletes” are assigned only in extreme circumstances, and require that the student consult with me well before the end of the semester and sign a contract obligating them to complete all outstanding work by a date that we agree upon. Again, late work will not receive feedback.
ACADEMIC HONESTY AND INTELLECTUAL GENEROSITY
Citing our sources and giving credit where it’s due are ethical, political practices. As Sarah Ahmed and Kishonna Gray acknowledge, citations are a means of determining “who appears,” who counts, whose work gets validated. Our citational choices have the power to build communities, as well as to dismantle and build and reform canons and disciplines. Please familiarize yourself with the University’s academic honesty policy, and keep in mind that citation is more than just a bureaucratic obligation. If you have any questions regarding proper citation of sources or other academic integrity matters, please ask me or consult the University Learning Center. Plagiarism and cheating of any form do carry consequences.
SUBMITTING WORK VIA GOOGLE DRIVE
You’ll occasionally be asked to submit your work via Google Drive. Because I prefer to insert margin comments and propose revisions directly in/on your text, I need to work with an editable document (e.g., not a pdf). You can share your material with me by clicking on the “Share” button in the upper-right corner of Google Drive/Docs, inserting my email address, then clicking on the little pencil icon and choosing “can edit.”
I’ll probably propose some line edits and add some margin comments to your Doc. I don’t expect you to respond to my recommendations and queries, but I do hope you’ll at least consider them! If, however, you would like to continue the dialogue in the comments section by responding and requesting additional feedback from me, you’ll need to alert me – or, better yet, discuss with me in office hours! – because I can’t continually monitor for new activity across all students’ documents 😉
POSTING WORK ONLINE
You’ll occasionally be asked to share your work online. If you’re not comfortable posting your work, please don’t hesitate to talk to me.