In some ways, this format resembles an unconference approach. We will foster action-oriented working sessions, DeepThink Tanks, facilitated by community leaders and prominent scholars, in which participants collaboratively generate theories and action plans for university and community transformation. In these high energy, generative sessions, you help determine the agenda, ask and answer questions, propose ideas, and act as thought-leaders as we collectively shape our future work.
» Here are the current DeepThink Tank themes and facilitators
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Paul Feigenbaum Department of English, Florida International University
Eli Goldblatt Department of English, Temple University
David Jolliffe Brown Chair in English Literacy at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Eric Schmidt Elementary Program Director, Family Learning Center, Boulder
Poverty, Homelessness, Prisons
Stephen Hartnett Department of Communication, University of Colorado Denver
Mike Homner Board of Directors, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO)
Paula Mathieu Department of English, Boston College
Isabel McDevitt Executive Director of Bridge House, Boulder
Phyllis Ryder University Writing Program, George Washington University
John Ackerman Department of Communication and Program for Writing and Rhetoric, University of Colorado Boulder
David Driskill Executive Director of Community Planning and Sustainability, City of Boulder
Caroline Gottschalk Druschke Department of Writing & Rhetoric and the Department of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island
Bridie McGreavy Postdoctoral Fellow, New England Sustainability Consortium, Senator George J. Mitchell Center, University of Maine
Derek Owens Director, Institute for Writing Studies and Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, St. John’s University
Professionalization and Engaged Infrastructure
Jeff Grabill Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures, Michigan State University
Veronica House Program for Writing and Rhetoric, University of Colorado Boulder
Ben Kirshner Director, CU Engage, University of Colorado Boulder
Stuart Lord Senior Associate for the Kingston Bay Group and former President of Naropa University
Steve Parks Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Syracuse University
Stephanie Schooley Executive Director of Campus Compact Mountain West
Paul Feigenbaum is an Assistant Professor at Florida International University. His research and teaching interests include community literacy, service learning, public writing, college access, and civic engagement pedagogy. His essays have appeared in Reflections, Community Literacy Journal, and Composition Forum, and his first book, Collaborative Imagination: Earning Activism through Literacy Education, will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in early 2015.
Eli Goldblatt was born in 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up on Army posts in the U.S. and Germany. After earning his B.A. at Cornell University, he attended a year of medical school, traveled in Mexico and Central America, and taught high school for 6 years in Philadelphia. He completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. He is a professor of English at Temple University, where he served as university writing director for ten years (five as co-director of the writing center) and five years as first-year writing director. He is the director of New City Writing (Institute for the Study of Literature, Literacy, and Culture), an outreach arm of the writing program focused especially on North Philadelphia. For nearly ten years, he has served on the board of Tree House Books, a non-profit literary center in the neighborhood near the Temple campus.
Goldblatt works both as a composition/literacy researcher and as a creative writer. In composition, he has helped to establish the field of community literacy with books and articles about the connections between college writing programs and K-12 schools or neighborhood literacy centers. His books in the field include ‘Round My Way: Authority and Double-Consciousness in Three Urban High School Writers (U of Pittsburgh P, 1995); Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy Beyond the College Curriculum (Hampton P 2007), winner of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Best Book Award in 2008; and Writing Home: A Literacy Autobiography (S. Illinois UP, 2012). His poems have appeared over the last thirty years in small literary journals such as The Pinch, Cincinnati Review, Hambone, Paper Air, Another Chicago Magazine, Madison Review, Louisiana Literature, and Hubbub. His books of poems include Journeyman’s Song (Coffee House, 1990), Sessions 1–62 (Chax Press, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax Press, 1999), and Without a Trace (Singing Horse Press, 2001). In addition, Goldblatt published two children’s books, Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep, both from Harbinger House in 1990.
David Jolliffe is professor of English and Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, where he is the initial occupant of the Brown Chair in English Literacy. A native of West Virginia, Jolliffe began his career as an educator at Triadelphia High School in Wheeling, WV, and then at Wheeling Park High School, where he taught both English and theatre. Jolliffe has also taught at Bethany College (his undergraduate alma mater), West Virginia University (where he earned his M.A.), the University of Texas (where he received his Ph.D.), the University of Illinois at Chicago, and DePaul University. He moved to University of Arkansas in 2005 to inaugurate the work of the Brown Chair, whose mission is to promote a stronger emphasis on reading and writing for Arkansans in all walks of life.
The author or editor of 13 books and more than 40 articles on the history and theory of rhetoric, the teaching of writing, and the preparation of writing teachers—the most recent of which is his text, co-authored with Hephzibah Roskelly, titled Writing America: Language and Composition in Context—Jolliffe began his involvement with the Advanced Placement program in 1992, serving as a reader for the English Language and Composition Examination. After serving as a table leader and question leader, he became chief reader for AP English Language and Composition, serving a full term in that capacity in 2003 through 2007 and filling out the term of the late Gary Hatch, who had succeeded him as chief reader, in 2010 and 2011. He was a member of the AP English Test Development Committee from 1999 through 2003. Jolliffe is an active consultant and workshop-presenter for the College Board. As the Brown Chair in English Literacy, he sponsors arts-infused literacy-enrichment projects in schools and communities throughout Arkansas.
Poverty, Homelessness, Prisons
Stephen John Hartnett is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at The University of Colorado Denver, where he is the editor of Captured Words/Free Thoughts, an annual magazine of poems and stories crafted by imprisoned writers.
For the past 24 years, Hartnett has been teaching in, writing about, and working for change at America’s prisons. He has taught college classes and poetry workshops in prisons and jails in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California and Colorado, and has facilitated workshops, participated on panels, and given lectures against the death penalty in 28 states. His commentary on these subjects has appeared in Salon, AlterNet, In These Times, and others, and on MSNBC and over 100 radio stations.
He is one of the co-founders of PCARE, a national group of scholars who work on Prison Communication Activism Research and Education. In recognition of this work, he has received numerous awards, including the Northwest Communication Association’s 2008 Human Rights Award, the University of Colorado’s 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award, and the CU Denver 2014 Service Excellence Award.
In addition, Hartnett is the author or editor of 8 books and dozens of publications related to democracy, social justice, prisons, globalization and empire, and the death penalty. His publications appear in venues such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies. He is the recipient of numerous research awards, including the Winans and Wichelns Award for Distinguished Research in Public Address, the National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award, the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism, and a PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society) Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.
Paula Mathieu is Associate Professor of English at Boston College where teaches courses in composition pedagogy, nonfiction writing, rhetoric as cultural study, and homeless literature, while also directing the First-Year Writing Program and the Writing Fellows Program. With Diana George, she has co-authored several publications about the rhetorical power of dissident press publications for venues like CCCs and the collection The Public Work of Rhetoric. She is author of Tactics of Hope: The Public Turn in English Composition and co-editor of Beyond English, Inc and of Writing Places. She began working with homeless writers in 1997 in Chicago, where she founded a writing group and learning center for homeless vendors of StreetWise newspaper. From 2003 to 2006, she was Deputy Chair of the International Network of Street Papers.
Isabel McDevitt is Executive Director of Bridge House, a homeless services agency providing day services and programming to help homeless individuals reach a higher level of self-sufficiency. Isabel founded the Ready to Work– Boulder’s first paid transitional work program — as well as the Resource Center which offers a single point of access for homeless men and women seeking services. Isabel has over 13 years of experience working in workforce development, community affairs, and social enterprise. For over 9 years, Isabel was part of the senior leadership team for business development, government relations, and community engagement strategies at The Doe Fund, a transitional employment and housing organization serving homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City. At The Doe Fund, Isabel founded two ventures creating jobs in the fields of pest management and biodiesel conversion and ran several other social enterprises employing over 400 formerly homeless and jobless people. Since relocating to Boulder, Colorado in 2006, Isabel has advised companies including Skirt Sports, a women’s apparel company, and BoeFly, an online marketplace connecting small business borrowers with lenders, on cause marketing, online engagement and strategic growth strategies. Isabel was appointed to Governor Hickenlooper’s Pathways Home Colorado Advisory Board, is a Partner with Social Venture Partners of Boulder County, and a Board member of the Social Enterprise Alliance of Colorado. Isabel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Sociology.
Phyllis Mentzell Ryder, Associate Professor of Writing, University Writing Program, The George Washington University, in her teaching and scholarship, examines the rhetorical power of public writing. In Rhetorics for Community Action: Public Writing and Writing Publics (Lexington Books, 2011), she illustrates the vital moves of public-making: building a shared understanding of what the world is and what it should be. She examines how traditional and new media impact how publics gain rhetorical power.
Ryder advocates using service-learning in first-year writing courses. Comparing the writing expectations of academics, public intellectuals, and public activists, she argues, helps young writers recognize how writers in all these venues signal their affiliations, rhetorically.
John M. Ackerman is an Associate Professor of Communication in the rhetoric area, where he teaches graduate courses on material and public space, social technologies, and participatory design. His scholarship attends to cultural and economic change in late-industrial neighborhoods. His fieldwork is situated in the industrial northeast and most recently in Boulder and the Front Range and is framed by the idea of resilient communities. He brings qualitative and critical methods to bear on how economic performance, collective memory, and material circulation help to constitute a vibrant community. Currently he is also the Associate Director for Sustainability and Residential Learning in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric in Arts and Sciences. Through the PWR, he has helped to establish a sustainability curriculum, outreach to Boulder city and county, and to strengthen the program’s contribution to retention. He teaches in the Sustainability and Social Innovation Residential Academic Program.
David Driskell serves as Executive Director of Community Planning and Sustainability for the City of Boulder, overseeing the city’s comprehensive planning, physical development, economic vitality and sustainability programs. His interests and expertise include community participation, sustainability planning, land use, and community design. He previously served as UNESCO Chair for “Growing Up in Cities” at Cornell University, leading an international action-research initiative and authoring the book, Creating Better Cities with Children and Youth: a Manual for Participation. He has also worked as a consultant to public sector agencies in California, New York and New Jersey, and on planning projects in Qatar, India and Kenya. He is a graduate of Stanford and MIT; has published extensively; and served as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley, Stanford, and UC Davis.
Caroline Gottschalk Druschke
Caroline Gottschalk Druschke holds a joint appointment in the Department of Writing & Rhetoric and the Department of Natural Resources Science at the University of Rhode Island, where she uses her background in rhetoric and communication to study the human dimensions of natural resources management. She arrived at University of Rhode Island in 2011, after earning a Ph.D. in English Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago. There she trained in the NSF-IGERT program in Landscape, Ecological and Anthropogenic Processes, taught in the Chicago Civic Leadership Certificate Program, and earned a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. Dr. Druschke takes a mixed-methods, place-based approach to ongoing research into watershed-based conservation outreach, the impact of climate change on commercial fishing policy, and public participation in freshwater restoration efforts. She has presented internationally on her work, published in communication and conservation journals, and received research fellowships from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and AAUW. She works to incorporate her research interests into her pedagogy, teaching community-based writing courses with environmental groups like the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, first year writing courses related to coastal issues, graduate seminars in environmental communication and mixed methodologies, and a watershed restoration course through the university’s Grand Challenges initiative.
Bridie McGreavy is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the New England Sustainability Consortium (NEST), a National Science Foundation-funded project focused on safe beaches and shellfish in in Maine and New Hampshire. Bridie received a Ph.D. in communication and sustainability science from the University of Maine in 2013. A primary theme of her research focuses on resilience and sustainability which she approaches through interdisciplinary, engaged, and critical studies of communication.
Prior to pursuing her doctoral work, Bridie served as the conservation and education director at Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) from 2001–2010. In that role, she developed place-based environmental education programming and worked as a conservation biologist. She is currently a board member for LEA and in 2016 she will return to the organization to become the inaugural director of the Maine Lake Science Center with a joint appointment as research professor in the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine. She received an M.S. in Environmental Studies-Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH in 2008 and her graduate research focused on science communication for vernal pool conservation. She grew up in the Saco River Watershed in western Maine and returns there with her husband Brian to explore the mountains by foot, bike, and ski.
Derek Owens directs the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University, where he is Professor of English and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Owens is the author of Memory’s Wake (Spuyten Duyvil), Composition and Sustainability: Teaching for a Threatened Generation (NCTE), and Resisting Writings (and the Boundaries of Composition) (Southern Methodist U P). More of his work can be found here: http://stjohns.digication.com/derek_owens
Professionalization and Infrastructure
Jeff Grabill is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures. He is also a senior researcher with WIDE Research (Writing in Digital Environments). As a researcher, Grabill studies how digital writing is associated with citizenship and learning. Grabill is also a co-founder of Drawbridge, an educational technology company. He has published two books on community literacy.
Veronica House is Associate Faculty Director for Service-Learning and Outreach in the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Boulder. As founder of the University’s Writing Initiative for Service and Engagement, she created the first service-learning Writing and Rhetoric courses for first-year students and has coordinated the Program for Writing and Rhetoric’s transformation into one of the only writing programs in the nation to have integrated service-learning throughout its lower and upper division courses. She has worked with faculty at colleges and universities across the country to design service-learning courses and programs. She works on the Advisory Committee for Campus Compact of the Mountain West and sits on the Board of Directors for Bridge House, a non-profit serving Boulder’s homeless and working poor. She is the author of Medea’s Chorus: Myth and Women’s Poetry Since 1950 (2014) and articles appearing in Reflections and Community Literacy Journal. Her recent teaching, community work, and scholarship focus on food re-localization, food literacy, environmental communication, and institutionalization of community-engaged pedagogy.
Ben Kirshner is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at CU Boulder and Faculty Director for CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research. Through his new work with CU Engage Dr. Kirshner seeks to develop and sustain university-community partnerships that leverage the resources of the university to address persistent public challenges. He is engaged in several research projects, including studies of community-based organizing among marginalized youth, digital media as a context for learning, and inclusive practices in higher education civic engagement initiatives. Publications have focused on productive tensions in participatory action research, youth organizing as a context for development, and the impact of high school closure on students.
Dr. Stuart Lord was appointed Senior Associate for the Kingston Bay Group, overseeing the development and coordination of the Higher Education portfolio, providing a range of consultation services to executive leaders and senior management. Additionally Dr. Lord has served as the Executive Director of the Emergency Family Assistance Association in Boulder Colorado, working for the benefit of homeless families. Dr. Lord is the former President of Naropa University and has dedicated his life work to foster the growth and advancement of many communities as both educator and humanitarian. He has served as an administrator and managed civic education, community service, and religious and spiritual life programs at Dartmouth College and DePauw University. In these positions, Dr. Lord has developed programs that aid under-resourced domestic communities, including Boulder County, New Hampshire’s Upper Valley, the Mississippi Delta, and the areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Parks is an associate professor of writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University where he serves as Director of the Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Doctoral Program. He is also founder/director of New City Community Press (www.newcitypress. org). He is author of Class Politics: The Movement for a Students’ Right to Their Own Language as well as the forthcoming Gravyland: Writing beyond the Curriculum in the City of Brotherly Love. With Paula Mathieu and Tiffany Rousculp, he has edited Circulating Communities: The Strategies and Tactics of Community Publishing. He has edited Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy as well as acted as principle editor for The Best of Independent Composition And Rhetoric Journals, a series by Parlor Press. His essays have appeared in College English, College Composition and Communication, as well as numerous anthologies and international publications.
Stephanie Schooley became the fifth Executive Director of Campus Compact of the Mountain West in 2010 after serving with the organization since 2001. Over the course of Stephanie’s thirteen-year career with Campus Compact, she has developed and implemented national service and community-engagement programming, expanded and deepened regional partnerships, provided leadership in development of the Engaged Campus Initiative, brought national events and trainings to the region, and strengthened partnerships with member campuses through effective programming and presidential engagement. Stephanie continues to build upon the regional infrastructure and successes of her early work to elevate higher education engagement in the Mountain West.
Stephanie earned a BA in History from Reed College and an MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Denver. In addition to her work with Campus Compact, Stephanie has served as a founding board member of the Denver Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, the National Nonprofit Professionals Network, and Hoofs & Paws Therapeutic Riding Center. Prior to her work with Campus Compact, Stephanie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member for a K-6 community literacy program and worked as a Reading Specialist for low-performing elementary schools in the Denver Public School District.