CHADRON – Dr. Kim Cox, assistant professor of English, has co-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies with colleagues Dr. Shannon Draucker and Dr. Doreen Thierauf. The title of the open-access issue is Teaching to Transgress in the Emergency Remote Classroom.
According to Cox, the special issue is for anyone looking to make their syllabi and classrooms more accessible, to familiarize themselves with Zoom, to use technology like Google Jamboards, to reimagine grading, or to revamp curricula and assignments. It includes 18 essays, two theoretical interventions, 16 pedagogy short essays, and more than 30 appendix materials including syllabi, lesson plans, and policy language.
“While some of the essays focus on Nineteenth-century texts, many others tackle general subjects like accessibility and grading, and use of technological tools. Our goal was to create an issue focused on labor sharing to provide practical materials to other teachers. I'm very excited to be a part of this conversation as a representative of both a public and open-enrollment institution,” Cox said. “With this special issue, my co-editors and I were hoping to highlight practical classroom approaches—whether to course design, syllabus policies, grading strategies, in-class activities, or assignments—as scholarship.”
Cox said the longer intervention essays explore the world building and implicit values conveyed to students through curriculum design and instruction. The pedagogy short essays include assignment prompts, syllabi, course policies, and other materials that are downloadable and adaptable, according to Cox.
Thierauf, assistant professor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College, said although the issue appears in a specialized literary journal, most of the essays are practical and applicable to most classrooms in higher education.
Draucker, assistant professor of English, Siena College in Loudonville, New York, said the special issue provided an opportunity to celebrate innovative teaching during a difficult year.
Earlier this year, Cox co-hosted a special panel with Draucker and Thierauf for the North American Victorian Studies Association's Year of Unconferences event.
“Given the response to the panel, we submitted the proposal for the special issue to Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, which the editors approved because of the topic's timeliness,” Cox said.
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