This semester the presenters are Angela Jackson-Brown, Brianna Mauk, and Jeff Spanke.
The event is free and open to the public. Please come out to hear our faculty speak to their current research.
Presenter: Jeff Spanke
"The Blab of the Paved: Bad Kids and the School They Called Family"
Dr. Jeff Spanke is a former high school English teacher and current Assistant Professor of English. He earned a Master’s Degree in American Studies and a PhD in English Education, both from Purdue University. His work explores cultural depictions of teachers, students, and schools with a particular focus on the intersections of resistance and vulnerability. He’s especially interested in stories and compositional styles that challenge the dominant paradigms of public education and the scholarship surrounding teacher education. His current book project is a narrative auto/ethnography of a Midwestern alternative high school during its final year in operation. It investigates the various complex lived-experiences of 54 students and the four teachers struggling to maintain a sense of purposeful belonging within a community in which they’ve never truly felt welcome.
Presenter: Brianna Mauk
"Maximizing the ILS for Composition Pedagogy: Best Practices"
Dr. Brianna Mauk is a student-centered educator known for her unique and entertaining approaches to teaching. At Ball State, Brianna teaches ENG 103/104, Professional Writing, and Document Design. Audiovisual lesson plans combined with innovative assignments and activities make her classes lively and effective. Her technological disposition has led to teaching opportunities in Active Learning classrooms as well as the Interactive Learning Space (ILS) initiative at Ball State. Aligning with the opportunities in the ILS, Brianna’s research interests focus on multimodal composing and assessment, writing and collaborating on social media, and digital privacy/surveillance. Outside of teaching, Brianna is a digital content freelancer, transcriptionist, and full-time dog mom to Bruno and Petey. She also enjoys craft beer, watching reality television, playing piano, and making art for family and friends.
Presenter: Angela Jackson-Brown
"The Intersection of Fact with Fiction: Writing Historical Fiction"
Prof. Angela Jackson-Brown is a writer, poet, playwright, director and producer who also teaches creative writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is the author of the novel Drinking From a Bitter Cup
and the poetry collection, House Repairs.
Her most recent theatrical works are Anna’s Wings, It Is Well, Black Lives Matter (Too),
and Dear Bobby: A Musical,
a collaboration with her colleague, Peter Davis. You can find her at www.angelajacksonbrown.com