Teaching the Middle Ages of the North Atlantic Outside the R1

Jay Paul Gates (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY), jgates@jjay.cuny.edu
Brian T. O’Camb (Indiana University Northwest), btocamb@iun.edu

Our lab session will focus on teaching the Middle Ages of the North Atlantic (MANA)—especially Old English—outside of research institutions, particularly schools that are Majority-Minority Institutions (MMIs), Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), regional schools, or teaching-heavy schools.

Given the traditional assumption of jobs in the study of the MANA and Old English being primarily at Research 1 institutions, we find that discussions of methodological and pedagogical approaches to teaching the material often fail to account for the needs of student populations at MMIs, MSIs, HSIs, and regional schools; the curricular structure of regional or teaching-heavy schools; or the challenges of and demands on faculty carrying a heavy teaching load.

We invite additional contributors from MMIs, MSIs, HSIs, regional schools and teaching-heavy schools, as well as graduate students on the market or recently hired at such institutions to submit 300-600 word proposals. Proposals should include a brief statement of the kind of institution they teach at; the pedagogical context in which they teach (e.g. their students’ academic preparedness and academic needs); and the goals they seek to achieve with their students. Proposals should also indicate what materials the participants intend to contribute/share, since we will ask participants to pre-circulate practical methodogical or pedagogical materials, such as a syllabus for a course that is ancillary to MANA, specific assignments, and a statement/explanation of how you incorporate MANA or OE studies into your curricula through such materials. The organizers will offer a “response” to the pre-circulated materials to offer a frame for, and to encourage, collaborative discussion.

Please send proposals by July 1, 2018 to btocamb@iun.edu.