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News and Updates

This is a monthly look at what I've been up to and what's coming up next.

January 2024

January opened with my first deadline of the new year - an essay for an anthology on Wonder Woman. A few days later, I submitted a proposal for consideration in an anthology on war comics; unfortunately, this didn't make the cut - though to be fair to myself, I was working on it right after being in a bad car accident and probably wasn't at my best. The Spring 2024 semester began on January 18 (so I had to miss the annual NCA leadership retreat that started January 19); I am teaching two sections of public speaking this semester with a new "de-colonized" curriculum designed to be more inclusive of non Westernized, non masculinized, ableist best practices. The month closed with the submission of two co-authored proposals related to the World War II creations of Milton Caniff. In between, I signed an advance contract with the University Press of Mississippi to write a "mini-graph" about Scarecrow (DC Comics) for their new "So You Think Know..." series.

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December 2023

I really focused on finishing out a busy, busy, semester. I participated in the SUNY Cortland Phi Kappa Phi inductions, as the incoming secretary for the chapter. And I wrote an assessment report for all the sections of the public speaking course and for my own section of organizational communication for Fall 2023.

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November 2023

November saw me at the NCA conference in National Harbor, where I presented on AI illustration in the comics adaptation of The Abolition of Man and on representations of journalism in the MCU and DCU. I also co-presented on the military insignia of Milton Caniff at the illustration research symposium at Wash U in St. Louis. I also did work as the program planner for the Political Communication group of ECA and completed a review for Media, War & Conflict.

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October 2023

The annual NYSCA conference took place this month. I took it easy this year and just participated in a discussion of the book Straight Man. Other activities this month included completing peer reviews for Cogent Social Science and for an anthology on AI in the classroom.

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September 2023

Though the semester technically started in August, September always feels more like the official start of school. This Fall, I am teaching Human Communication (a 175-seat class), Organizational Communication, and Interpersonal Communication (my first time ever teaching the latter two courses). I also started my new appointment as Assistant Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences at SUNY Cortland. I went to BGSU for a short conference on Spider-Man, where a project I did back in 2017 on mother-figures/villains in Spider-Man comics finally saw the light of day. I also did peer reviewing for the RSA conference and submitted a draft chapter about Before Watchmen: The Comedian. This semester is incredibly busy and stressful and my writing is showing the wear.

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Stay Tuned...

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