I meet the standards to be considered for merit pay for the academic year 2015-16. Below, I detail my achievements and activities in the last academic year, for the categories of teaching, professional development, and service. I have created links to evidence for my assertions in the paragraphs below.

TEACHING: This year, I taught ENGL 1820 for the first time in several years. I added to the course by (a) working with students to build a stable and continuous presence for the P.S. Press (Publication Studies Press) website and social media; (b) working with students on multiple broadsides with visiting poet Tarfia Faizullah; (c) helping students create print artifacts to accompany book publications (poem postcards, distributed throughout campus); (d) inviting student to create videos with chapbook winner Katherine Allred. In ENGL 2010, Online Plus, we added new instructional team members, both full and part-time. Continuing the exemplary instructional support model of Online Plus, I worked with Benjamin Solomon to support four new (to the model) adjuncts and an added full-time faculty member. We met with the team weekly; added and revised curriculum prior to the beginning of both semesters and on the fly (as a result of team feedback); invited part-time faculty to contribute to the course (readings, revisions of small assignments, etc.); and carried out post-semester reviews with the whole team. Our part-time faculty members will carry forward teaching in the team, and we have added at least one new part-time faculty member, as well as two full-time faculty members, for next year. Students talk with enthusiasm about the design of the course and the rich writing opportunities they find there. I initiated and led the planning of a major multi-phase, multi-modal assessment project of ENGL 1010 and 2010, focusing on Online Plus; our sample also included ePortfolios from sections of these two courses taught in other modalities. Ron Christiansen, Benjamin Solomon, and Brittany Stephenson and I worked with Institutional Research to plan the study; they helped us administer pre- and post- surveys in the fall, as well as to create our sample. We also consulted with Tom Zane and David Hubert for advice in the design of the study. I wrote the report to the department, which has stimulated an ongoing discussion about instructional teams and their value in both better supporting our many part-time faculty members, as well as better supporting the learning of students. We plan to continue mining the data of the study for further information. See artifacts related to the above here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. This year, I presented at CCCC as part of a multi-institutional team (April 2016). Our presentation, titled ‘Inter-Institutional Writing Strategies: Community College/University Collaborations in an Inter-Urban Transfer Network,’ focused on the transfer relations between SLCC and the University of Utah over the years during which we at SLCC developed the Writing Certificate of Completion, and the University developed its separate Writing and Rhetoric Studies department. This was a powerful opportunity for all of us: former SLCC students who are now students in the U’s program also presented, and we have had fruitful conversations about the transfer relations between our two programs both preceding and subsequent to the presentation. I also presented on two panels at TYCA-West (October 2016), one panel entitled ‘Whence We Write: A Consideration of Place in Three Keys,’ the other ‘Creative Writing IS Composition: Discuss.’ I made a digital story for the first, and a pecha kucha slide presentation for the second. This year, my book of poems flicker was published (January 2016); it has been reviewed in two publications, and I was interviewed by Claire Moran of the KMSU Weekly Reader program. A poem from flicker, ‘Concord,’ was featured on Verse Daily, an online ongoing anthology of poems drawing from a huge variety of poets, poetic projects, and aesthetics. This spring I have given four public readings, several in Salt Lake City and one at Southern Utah University. I have upcoming readings in the fall at Brigham Young University and at Utah State University. I have a new manuscript that I am actively revising. I am writing new poems, and circulating poems to literary magazines. I was invited to present a talk on creativity for the Bruin Talks series of short public lectures and discussions. My presentation, ‘Creativity in Four Metaphors,’ was successful in stimulating discussion both at the time and afterward. At my own initiative, I’ve learned several things that will be part of my ongoing professional life at SLCC. As a part of teaching the Publication Studies class, I’ve learned how to produce a photopolymer plate for printing on our etching press; this is the first time we have taken a design, using both text and image, through this process. We have now printed successfully with this plate, and will continue to refine our skill and control. This added significantly to the Publication Center’s repertoire of forms and pedagogical possibilities. I also proposed and initiated the first reading series at SLCC. The skill set for doing this is not insignificant: it ranges from working with colleagues to assemble a list of writers; choosing writers that will appeal to the diverse student population at SLCC; working through our internal processes for contracting with speakers and arranging for travel; planning events and supporting materials so that faculty and students will be engaged; marketing and publicizing the events; and so on. I believe our first reader and set of events went beautifully, and I am particularly proud of this achievement this year. I believe it added significant value to SLCC. See artifacts related to my professional development this year here.

SERVICE: In the Publication Center, I led, worked within, and helped to facilitate a leadership team, comprised of myself, Charlotte Howe, and Ken Nelson. I organized and planned each semester’s workshop schedule; I taught workshops on video essay/digital story, and on tools for creating online annotations. I proposed the idea of a Professional Development Certificate for the Publication Center, where faculty (and staff) could work through modules to develop both skill and pedagogical applications for publication projects. The leadership team and I, with feedback from the Publication Center Advisory Committee, developed the Professional Development Certificate, which will launch in the fall. We have half a dozen faculty who have already committed to participate in this learning and development opportunity. As Poet Laureate, I wrote the poem ‘Inquiry Method’ for Convocation. As mentioned above, I proposed and inaugurated a new reading series. After the success of our first reading and related events, I am currently involved in planning the series for next year, including contracting the slate of readers. I have initiated a call for submissions for a community anthology, which will be published in the fall and which will launch in January 2017. I was active in two major projects within the department: helping to plan our department’s strategic planning retreat; and the OER working group. I authored a piece for the project, as well as identified currently available open education materials on the web. Material that I have produced is already a part of the corpus of OER materials. I also serve on the boards of  two non-profits in the community: the Salt Lake Film Society and Signature Books. See artifacts related to my service this year here.