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University Honors faculty are devoted to making your college experience the best it can be. They care about your education, strive to excel in their teaching and mentoring, and seek to get to know you. Building close, collaborative relationships with professors is part of what Honors is all about.
We are always interested in hearing from faculty and members of the broader Eau Claire and Chippewa Valley communities who would like to become involved in Honors! We especially invite faculty (and community members with particular expertise and at least a Master's degree) to consider teaching a course in the University Honors Program. Please contact the Honors office to start the conversation.
I am a Professor of English and Honors Education at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, currently serving as the Interim Director of the University Honors Program. In the past, I have had leadership roles for the UWEC Honors Program, the Liberal Studies Program, the English Department, and several diversity initiatives. It is a lifelong goal to help improve how public institutions serve our whole communities equitably.
As a professor, my primary field is African American literature. My faculty peers in English would probably describe my approach to teaching as "New Historicism" or "Cultural Studies." For me, historical and cultural contexts are just as important as literary expression, and in a typical class of mine, nonfiction readings supplement works of poetry, fiction, and drama. Some of the courses I teach have conventional titles such as "Making Sense of the Movies," "Survey of American Literature," etc., but you can get a stronger sense of my teaching interests from more specialized courses I have taught:
Whenever I get the chance to write for publication, I greatly enjoy the opportunity. My publications tend to examine U.S. cultural history in relation to social movements, group identities, and popular trends in literature, film, and public politics. Recently, I've published a book chapter on the film 12 Years a Slave (published in 2014 in the collection, Movies in the Age of Obama) and a book chapter in 2016 on strategies for improving diversity and equity in Honors programs. Going further back, there are two book projects that I am proud to have completed: a book on the Black Arts Movement (A New Breed of Black Consciousness) and a collection of essays that I co-edited with Dr. JoAnne Juett (Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century).
I am also a professional musician (a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter) who performs under the names Davey J & Friends and Davey J and the Jones Tones. Music is definitely a passion, as I have published five original music CDs with my own independent label, B Major Productions (the most recent CD is called Chippewa Love). In music industry language, our style would probably be "Americana" or "Roots," but there are elements of rock, blues, reggae, indie, folk, and even jazz in my music. You can hear some of my music and see my live show calendar at www.chippewalove.com.
In my past creative work, I also produced and hosted two radio programs on popular music and Wisconsin culture for Wisconsin Public Radio: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond and Wisconsin Wealth. I really enjoy maintaining a flexible and relevant range of academic interests, and I'm so thankful that innovation is welcome in our English and Honors Departments!
Who better to tell you about the Honors experience than current Honors students? The students pictured below (with Honors Program Associate Pam Golden) are experienced Honors students who work in the Honors office. They're ready to answer your questions about the Honors Program or about living and studying at UWEC. Please send questions through the contact form below. They will answer soon!
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