My Professor Tweets: Archives, Visualizations, and Thoughts

On Thursday, September 3, my friend @mattthomas decided to do a search for “my American Studies professor” and retweeted the following:

retweets from Matt Thomas

This led, it seems, to a search for “my professor,” which opened the food-gates:

retweets by Matt ThomasI didn’t start to really see what was happening until September 5, and by then Matt was tweeting little other than all things “my professor”-related. I asked him if he was archiving the tweets and he said he wasn’t. On September 6, I decided I had to archive them—there was just too much interest from, well, everyone in the world. I’m happy to post them here for your enjoyment.

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Screencast and Video of My Computers and Writing 2013 Presentation

Updated 12 June 2013 I presented “Baby, We were Born to Tweet: #Springsteen, Concert Tweets, and an Emergent Transmediated Composing Community” at the 2013 Computers and Writing Conference.  In it I discuss my large-scale study of Springsteen fans on Twitter in which I use grounded theory to analyze the data. My presentation was part of THE GREATEST PANEL IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE, On the Digital Rhetorics of Fans and Fan Communities, with superheroes Tekla Hawkins, Kyle Stedman, and Amanda Wall. You can view the talk in two ways: screencast made after the conference or a video of the talk made while I was giving it.

The screencast is slightly different from the talk I gave in person. One slide has been updated to fix a typo, and two have been reversed to make the presentation more smooth. I also seem to have talked much longer here. Not sure why. The quality also isn’t as good as I’d like. If I can get a better version online, I’ll update the post.

Here is the actual talk. Note that at around 14minutes, I say “qualitative” when discussing Franco Moretti. I should have said, “quantitative.”

Let me know what you think!

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Summer 2013 To-Do List

Now that grading is done, it’s time to get my summer to-do list down. I need to be especially dicsiplined this summer because baby #2 is arriving in August [Seeger Reyes Wolff born 8/14 :-)] and there will be no time to get things done for a while after that. I’ll cross them off and add the dates of completion when and if they are completed. I’ve broken them into three categories: Personal, Scholarly, and Creative:


  • fun adventures with Wendy and Hydan
  • see my grandparents saw gpa June 22 (gpa passed away on 8/23)
  • garden (I’m behind on this already and would love to plant corn) planted June 14, beets added June 18
  • set up baby #2’s nursery finally completed August 8
  • biking (I need to lose about 15lbs this summer)
  • eat healthy, by which I mean pescatarian, and no soda (even local root beers)
  • clean out basement
  • sell a bunch of stuff on Craigslist Lenox China, Pottery Barn dinnerware, Pottery Barn buffet & hutch, Amish pot belly dresser posted on July 7
  • clean home office and campus office completed May 28
  • complete Dropbox to Spideroak transition
  • bring Ellie to the vet completed July 11


  • Computers & Composition article proof edits (deadline: 5/24/13) completed May 22 and August 12
  • #cwcon13 paper (deadline: 6/5/13) completed and presented; see the screencast
  • learning space design article revisions (title: “Learning in Trees and Classrooms”: Responsive Architecture, Phenotypic Plasticity, and the Future of Classroom Spaces)
  • web 2.0 reader
  • #springsteen internet ethnography and survey fan study IRB submitted July 11; see it online; approved July 30, 2013; released the survey August 1
  • turn #springsteen symposium talks into articles
  • sabbatical application (I hope to be on sabbatical 2014 – 2015 academic year)
  • set up new RSS feed reader set up newsblur on July 11
  • blog
  • overhaul web site (will never get done this summer but it needs to be stated)
  • reading on: internet ethnography, grounded theory, fan studies completed throughout summer
  • Scan: New Media journal article review (due July 22, 2013) completed July 21, 2013
  • upgrade yourTwapperKeeper completed and upgraded server to 20GB June 18


  • Chocolates photo show preparation (deadline: 5/21/13 and up to 6/7/13) Completed May 29
  • finish “Tiresias Groans” generative poem and then put online with #inarchs13 student poems
  • submit One Gray Whale picture book to another publisher Completed May 23 to Charlesbridge
  • revise and submit some poems to journals Completed May 23, submitted “Bear to Boston,” “Such Mysteries,” and “On My Wife’s First Trimester Screen” to Sundog Lit (rejected); July 1, submitted “On My Wife’s First Trimester Screen” to Poetry (rejected).
  • 2335 McCoy Road Chocolates prep for August show in Biggs Museum Completed June 11
  • lots of toy camera photography in preparation for November photo show, Toys will show Chocolates instead
  • cwip (upload student books and then shut it down)
  • work on Shingles
  • submit Chocolates images to various galleries Submitted to: ImpossibleNYC (June 13); Photobooth San Francisco (July 8); Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO) (July 25) [no word from any gallery]


  • grade incompletes completed July 19
  • write observation letters completed June 12
  • finalize job search EEO form completed May 28
  • prepare for fall 2013 Writing for Electronic Communities completed September 5
  • notify #iwsf12 students to move their web sites completed July 31

There’s quite a bit on there. We’ll see how it goes.

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Why I’m Putting My Recontracting, Tenure, and Promotion Documents Online

On June 12, 2012, I posted all of my recontracting, tenure, and promotion documents online along with some thoughts about the recontracting process for faculty and graduate students. I had been meaning to put these documents online for some time now, with my initial goal to do so after being awarded tenure. The birth of my son two days before being awarded tenure prevented me from doing that. If time had permitted I would have made an online version of my tenure application but time didn’t permit back in August 2010. This post briefly explains my rationale for putting these documents online.

To make visible a process that is often opaque, confusing, and intimidating to new (and seasoned) faculty.
Much of what we do in academia is opaque, confusing, and intimidating—to those within the academy and outside the academy. It starts with the dissertation process and continues through the hiring process and the recontracting process. My academic philosophy has been to make visible what is often hidden, which is why all of my course information is online and at some point a few years ago I began the process of putting the major in marketing course evaluations online. Putting the recontracting documents (which contain course evaluations) online is a natural extension of my philosophy. And since the recontracting documents are reflections of my work, they very nicely coalesce and explain what I have been doing in my Teaching, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Service, why I’m doing what I do, how they all connect, and why the work is important—for me, the department, the university, and the field.

I am also very aware that my department, the Department of Writing Arts, is one of the few stand-alone Writing departments in the country, and perhaps the only one located within a College of Communication. These institutional contexts help inform our department values and the guidelines we have composed to evaluate our favulty. My recontracting documents from the Third Year packet and onward contain the department’s Recontracting, Tenure, and Promotion guidelines. The guidelines, I think, are a model for other such departments and concentrations housed within English departments that are considering the possibility of become stand-alone.

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