My contact information, office hours, courses taught, and calendar have been updated.
The blog information has been updated with current office hours and other contact information for the Spring 2009 semester.
Starting on August 7, I will be the new Associate Dean of Assessment and Educational Technology for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Unfortunately, I will have to resign to my position in the Academic Senate, since being part of the university administration constitutes a potential conflict of interest. My heartfelt thanks for all the colleagues who elected me to represent them. I feel that as an Associate Dean I can have a greater impact in some of the areas I discussed as part of my candidacy to the Senate, particularly in using Web 2.0 technologies to improve communication at all levels of the faculty and administration.
So stay posted for more details and changes to my contact information, as I assume my new duties.
I just found out that I’ve been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor! Thanks to all the family, colleagues, friends, and students that have been so supportive in the years leading up to this evaluation. I couldn’t have done it without you!
The course INGL 3300: Worlds of Fantasy and one of the sections of INGL 3345: Fantasy Film have been reserved for English Department students to have first access to them. If you are not in the English Department and would like to take either of these courses, you must wait until the “periodo de ajustes y cambios a la matricula” begins in late July. At that point, all the spaces not occupied by English Department students will become available– and there should be plenty for those interested, but you’ll need to move fast.
On April 15, 2008 I was elected by my colleagues in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the UPRM Academic Senate. I wish to thank the faculty for placing their trust in me. I will work diligently to provide the best representation of the faculty’s interests and wishes at the Academic Senate meetings.
My duties begin on July 1, 2008, but I am always receptive to and available for suggestions on issues, ideas, or other concerns the faculty may have.
And be on the lookout for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senators Blog coming this Fall 2008.
In the Fall of 2008 (and in the Spring of 2009) I will be teaching INGL 3345, a Topics in Film course that will focus on the fantasy genre. This is a course that takes a formalist and historical approach to this genre in film, which has its roots in the very beginnings of cinema with George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon in 1902. The course is at its core a formalist exploration of film as a medium for expression and is designed to provide you with the critical vocabulary and attention to technical detail that will enable you to look at movies with new eyes and get more from the experience. It will also survey major works of fantasy in film throughout the 20th century, paying special attention to directors and writers whose work had a strong impact in the genre.
In the Fall of 2008 I will be teaching INGL 3300, a Special Topics course that will focus on Victorian and Modern High Fantasy. Here’s the course description as it appears in the proposal:
On Tuesday, April 15 at 10:30 am there will be an extraordinary Faculty of Arts and Sciences meeting to elect a new member for the Academic Senate. I am one of two nominees for this position and would like to express what I have to offer the faculty of Arts and Sciences if elected.
Once again, welcome to my blog. I have updated the contact information, office hours, and other items of potential interest. Please contact me if you have any questions.