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Welcome Back! Welcome Back, UWP Students. Thus begins the fall semester!


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Wisconsin Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted on : 01-02-2015 | By : Dean | In : EN101, Teaching, UWP


We’re going to start our discussion this semester with some of the implications of the new state budget on your education. I would like you to read the following, from the office of the governor: Transforming Education

Read the following article outlining the Sharp Debate about the impact on the UW-system

And look at one Editorial Response to the proposal.

There are some things that I would like you to think about and do while you are actively reading these articles.

1. Who is the author? What implications might the author’s credentials have in the article?
2. Define the terms in the debate. For example, what is a “public authority,” and what how does your understanding of the term contribute to your overall understanding of the issue?
3. Think about the language used and its semantic implications: “Transforming” education; “greater freedom”; “improved flexibility.” Why is this language used and is it accurate?
4. What are the potential benefits and effects of the budget?

I’ve also included a short video below, with some of the local coverage of the issue.

Parkside Facts

Posted on : 05-02-2014 | By : Dean | In : EN101, Teaching, UWP



University of Wisconsin–Parkside is a public institution that was founded in 1968. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,601, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 750 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wisconsin–Parkside’s ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,316 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,889 (2013-14).

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1968
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment N/A



When applying to University of Wisconsin–Parkside, it’s important to note the application deadline is July 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of Wisconsin–Parkside is $44. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 57.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.


Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wisconsin–Parkside is 18:1, and the school has 44.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wisconsin–Parkside include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Social Sciences; Visual and Performing Arts; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62.5 percent.

Student Life

University of Wisconsin–Parkside has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,601, with a gender distribution of 48.1 percent male students and 51.9 percent female students. University of Wisconsin–Parkside is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,769


The above information was taken from: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/university-of-wisconsin-parkside-5015

Important Dates: Fall 2013

Posted on : 04-09-2013 | By : Dean | In : UWP


September 10th, 2013*
(or to change from credit to audit or audit to credit)
September 17th, 2013*
September 17th, 2013*
September 27th, 2013*
October 18th, 2013*
Your attendance during the first week of classes is important for a successful semester. It is also important to maintain your enrollment in classes. Based on university policy, instructors may administratively drop you from any class you do not attend during the first week of classes or if you do not have the required pre-requisites.
However, if you need to drop a class, you are ultimately responsible for making the appropriate transaction if you are unable to attend. Failure to attend and to drop appropriately will result in a failing grade and possible financial charges. 

Spring 2011: Semester Changes & the New Offering

Posted on : 18-01-2011 | By : Dean | In : Literature, Science Fiction, Teaching, Tech and Teaching, UWP


I have made a few conscious changes to the classes that I am teaching this semester. One of them I have wrestled with for a long time.

1. Walden gets a rest, sort of.

Probably the biggest change to my EN227 class is the omission of Walden. It’s a book that is rarely appreciated by students on a first reading. I have come to accept that this is not only because it is difficult in its use of language and allusions, but because many of its central arguments contain contrary notions. Those elements are often read as contradictions, errors in logic, rather than nuanced acknowledgements of differing strains of Thoreau’s experiment. It is difficult to get past these things, so we’re going to try a few shorter pieces. Never fear, though, as I have included a chapter or two from Walden.

2. Nothing Online!

Although I have had overwhelmingly positive feedback on the courses that I have taught in Second Life, some students may note that there are no offerings there this semester. Those who have taken those classes know how much work goes into them, and while I am an advocate for such venues for online instruction (a much better choice because it offers real-time discussion), the fact is that Parkside doesn’t have the software or the support in place to facilitate these offerings. I may return to the virtual classroom in upcoming semesters, but spring will offer a welcome break from the computer programming and administrative work that was involved to ensure the success of the course I taught there.

I have kept Snow Crash on the list for EN237, though, and I am teaching the class in a computer lab, so there is always that chance for a foray or two into the world of Goreans and Furries!

3. Steampunk and the bookstore!

I have wanted to teach Steampunk in a sixteen-week format since I first taught a brief summer version of it two years ago. This semester will be my chance. I taught Cyberpunk over the 2010 summer session, so spring will offer a nice compliment.

I have found that both courses offer a challenge: Books. With many of the titles being tossed from one publisher to the next or in out of print status (with new titles available through amazon), coordinating with the bookstore is difficult. I have added a few books to the list available through the bookstore, and we will have to discuss options for the readings.

*It should be a wonderful semester. I still get a bad case of nerves the night before classes start. I won’t sleep tonight, so those of you who see me in the hall or in class tomorrow may mistake me for an animated corpse. That’s nothing new, though.

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