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Every Fall and Spring, beginning Fall 2009 and ending Spring 2014
Taught by Dr. Kathy Burnett, Fall 2009 - Spring 2013
Taught by Dr. Paul Marty, Fall 2013
Taught by Dr. Marcia Mardis, Spring 2014
As LIS 6919, Fall 2009 through Fall 2011

This seminar, per its syllabus for the Fall 2009 semester, “provides support and preparation for engagement in the [LIS] scholarly community.” This was accomplished through sessions covering both research and teaching in the LIS field, most of which included one or more guest speakers. The School of Information’s colloquium series was also integrated into this proseminar. The proseminar can be taken for anywhere from one to three credits; I took it for two credits during Fall 2009 and 2010 and Spring 2010 and 2011, and took it for one credit after that.

Fall 2009

In Fall 2009 I was a panelist for and facilitated one of the colloquia, entitled At the Boundaries of the iField: Virtual Organizations and the Mag Lab, in late October 2009. The main speaker was Dr. Michelle Kazmer, and myself and Plato Smith II were the panelists. I also introduced Dr. Kazmer, Plato, and myself to the audience and facilitated Q & A and discussion with the audience after the presentation and panelist responses. I prepared some speaker’s notes for myself prior to this colloquium which I have made available here. You can also watch a video of the colloquium.

Besides the above, I also completed the required blog posts relating to the “Goal Setting and Assessment” assignment, as required of students taking the proseminar for two credits.

Spring 2010

During Spring 2010 I completed the “Goal Setting and Assessment” assignment for one of my credits; the other credit came from completing the “Research” category of the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program.

Fall 2010

During Fall 2010 I was part of another colloquium, entitled Collaborative syllabus development: A case study. This colloquium was presented by Dr. Michelle Kazmer, Dr. Gary Burnett, and myself, and discussed the development of a doctoral-level qualitative research methods syllabus, to be submitted for approval by appropriate bodies at FSU. This stemmed from my completion of a DIS in qualitative methods with Drs. Kazmer and Burnett during Summer 2010. My contributions to this colloquium were throughout, but focused on the processes of constructing the syllabus, adapting from other LIS/iSchool qualitative methods syllabi, and vetting of readings. You can watch a video of this colloquium as well.

Along with participating in the colloquium above, I also posted the required short abstracts of each week’s session to the course blog. In addition, I heavily edited and refined my teaching statement, providing feedback on the statements of fellow doctoral students and incorporating their feedback into my statement. You may view the version of my teaching philosophy statement that I completed for the proseminar, as well as my current teaching philosophy statement.

Spring 2011

During Spring 2011 I was part of a panel of three doctoral students — Kyoungsik Na, Melinda Whetstone, and myself — who led and contributed equally to a Proseminar discussion session on current and future research questions in library and information science. We covered key challenges suggested by the NSF; the implications of questions in relation to professional organizations, conferences, funding sources, and publication outlets; and developing personally relevant research questions. Our combined slides for this panel session are available for viewing.

Along with participating in the panel session above, I also posted the required short abstracts of three of the sessions to the course blog. In addition, I wrote and edited my service statement, providing feedback on the statements (primarily research statements) of fellow doctoral students, and incorporating their feedback on my service statement into the final version submitted to Dr. Burnett. You may view the version of my service statement that I completed for the proseminar, as well as my current service statement.

Fall 2011

During Fall 2011, I presented (alongside Yong Jeong Yi) on my research collaboration with Dr. Sanghee Oh on a study of the quality of online health answers as perceived by health reference librarians and Yahoo! Answers questioners. Forty evaluators from each group reviewed ten answers each on ten evaluation criteria; we found that librarians’ quantitative ratings were significantly lower on most criteria. Our presentation slides are available. We also presented a poster at ASIST 2011 in New Orleans, LA (see my publications page), which counted towards my course credit for Fall 2011.

Spring 2012

During Spring 2012, I was part of a panel titled Theoretical Flamingos, with fellow doctoral students Lauren Mandel, Nicole Alemanne, and Casey Yu. Led by Mandel with the rest of us contributing equally, we presented and discussed four theoretical and epistemological paradigms / approaches in information science: physical (Yu), cognitive (Alemanne), social (myself), and semiotic (Mandel). A fishbowl discussion of these and other theories, metatheories, paradigms, and perspectives followed. This panel was based on the Theoretical Snowmen panels led by Jenna Hartel (University of Toronto iSchool) at recent ASIST conferences. You can view my presentation slides from this session, on the social perspective.

To earn credit, I also completed a self-evaluation of my presentations of posters at ALISE 2012 and iConference 2012. I also completed, summarized, and reflected on readings on mentoring graduate students in research activities; these were posted weekly to the course blog.

Fall 2012

During Fall 2012, I did not serve as part of any panels or colloquia, but earned credit by completing and reflecting (via discussion board posts) on readings on crafting a teaching philosophy, managing the classroom, effective teaching strategies, teaching with technology, teaching online, academic integrity, and program accreditation. I also participated in class discussions on these topics. In addition, I refined and tweaked my teaching philosophy statement based on my experiences in the Proseminar and as a teaching assistant for LIS 5203 and LIS 3021, adding mentions of interaction and communication as key elements of my philosophy alongside a strong learning community and addressing the multiple intelligences of students. Finally, I took part in four writing workshops led by Dr. Gary Burnett that took place during the Proseminar, which included reviewing dissertations of three FSU iSchool doctoral alumni and much discussion of the writing process as doctoral candidate (prospectus and dissertation) and junior faculty member (turning the dissertation into journal articles).

Spring 2013

During Spring 2013, I earned credit by drafting a prospective conference paper for the ASIS&T 2013 conference. This later turned into my paper presented in the 2013 ASIS&T SIG SI symposium, “Back onto the tracks”: Convergent community boundaries in LibraryThing and Goodreads. I also peer-reviewed writing by three other advanced doctoral students: two prospectus Chapter 3 (methods) drafts and one poster proposal draft.

Fall 2013

During Fall 2013, I earned credit by updating my teaching statement, online portfolio, and CV.

Spring 2014

During Spring 2014, I earned credit by creating and maintaining a profile on the FSU iSchool Web site, intended to be made public by iSchool staff.