Busy TAA People: Margarita Huerta receives assistant professorship post

Maggie Huerta
TAA member Margarita Huerta will assume a new post this fall as an Assistant Professor of English Language Learning/Early Childhood Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Huerta received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University in May 2013. In the last year, she worked as a postdoctoral research assistant with P.O.W.E.R. Writing Services at Texas A&M. With a research emphasis on science and literacy (specifically writing) integration in the classroom, Huerta has four peer-reviewed publications.

Writing gifts: Blogging about academic writing

Patricia Goodson

Patricia Goodson

Maggie Huerta

Maggie Huerta

Peter Elbow once recommended that authors should try to write for non-evaluative audiences; they should experiment donating their writing as precious gifts to readers who would not judge, evaluate or critique, but would merely enjoy the words and ideas1. For academic writers like us — subject ad nauseam to evaluations and tearing apart of our writing – having a venue where we write merely for the pleasure of writing what others enjoy reading is strong medicine. Medicine that can heal the handicap of destructive feedback, nourish the “writing soul”2, prevent abject loneliness during the process, and restore the hope that, yes, we can, in fact, write something others might actually want to read!

Here is the story of how a group of graduate students and faculty at Texas A&M University began heeding Elbow’s advice. [Read more…]