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UNG Workshop on Education, Culture, and Networks

Workshop Description

The purpose of the UNG Workshop on Education, Culture, and Networks is to make research essays better. It serves a roundtable for scholars connected to the educational and social research traditions to give "feedforward" (constructive criticism focused on making a paper more publishable) to the author of a paper in progress. While grounded in theoretical perspectives associated with education and sociology, the workshop also welcomes authors who are either affiliated or independent practitioners in diverse fields not limited to anthropology, political science, as well as diversity, cultural, and media studies.

The only requirement for participation is interest. Anyone is welcome to take part in the workshop.

Dates and Locations

February 28, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Room 564, UNG Oconee Campus
Presenter: Dr. Leslie Davidson-Rossier, Department of Mathematics, University of North Georgia & Ted D. Rossier, University of Georgia
Session Title: "Measuring the Win-Set: Intersections of Judicial Panels in Two Dimensions" (PDF)

December 4, 2019, at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Nesbitt Academic Building 3202, UNG Gainesville Campus
Presenter: Dr. Yacine Kout, Department of Culture, Language, and Leadership, University of North Georgia
Session Title: "Becoming a Student of Critical Pedagogy: An Autoethnographic Naming of the Three Components of Critical Pedagogy"

April 12, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.

Location: Room 108, UNG Oconee Campus
Presenter: Dr. Katherine Adams, College of Education, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “The University System: Examining Community Engagement through the Lens of Open Systems Theory”

February 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Room 564, UNG Oconee Campus
Presenter: Dr. Rosaria Meek, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of North Georgia
Session Title: "Kahoot!: An Instructional Game for Engaging Formative Assessment"

September 25, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Room 522, UNG Oconee Campus
Presenter: Kayo Onozuka, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Institute of Philosophy and Human Values (Japan) / Postdoctoral researcher
Session Title: The Magazine MANGA During the Pacific War (WW2) –expression under a limit of

April 20, 2018, at 1:15 p.m.

Location: Room 2214, Nesbitt Academic Building, UNG Gainesville Campus
Presenter: Dr. Candice Wilson, Communication, Media & Journalism, University of North Georgia
Session Title: "The Rise of the Demon Mother: Shindo Kaneto's 1960's cinema"

February 16, 2018, at 12:30 p.m.

Location: Room 564, UNG, Oconee Campus
Presenter: Prof. Joe Lavalle, Spanish, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “Spanish Teachers’ Sense of Efficacy and its Relation to Students’ Grades on an Undergraduate Writing Assignment"

October 5, 2017, at 3:15 p.m.

Location: Room 115, Young Hall, UNG, Dahlonega Campus
Presenter: Dr. Sandra Annett, Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Session Title: “Animating Theory and Practice: Critical Media Literacy in the Post-Secondary Classroom"

September 5, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

Location: 162 Library Technology Center, UNG, Dahlonega Campus
Presenter: Prof. Akihiko Ieshima, Counseling and Support Division, Osaka University
Session Title: “Japanese Comics, Animation, and Personality: What do youth learn from popular culture?”

April 28, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Room 564, UNG, Oconee Campus
Presenter: Dr. Sheri Hardee, College of Education, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “Educational Borderlands: Mentoring Programs as Democratizing Spaces for Pre-Service Educators”

February 24, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.

Location: 2214 Nesbitt Building, UNG, Gainesville Campus
Presenter: Dr. Linda Reece, College of Education, University of North Georgia
Session Title: “Stories of hope and resilience; culturally responsive teaching through the voices of female immigrants to the United States”

Workshop Rules

The author should make their paper available on the workshop’s website at least five days before the workshop session. The paper should be between 3,000-15,000 words. At the beginning of the workshop, the author is free to make some contextual comments about their paper, but is not necessarily expected to do so. One or two pre-selected discussants will provide responses that are best thought of as “feedforward” – commentary designed to help the author improve their paper rather than to simply point out deficiencies and mistakes. Ideally these discussant(s) will be graduate students, but they could be anyone with scholarly interests in the topic. The discussants should be willing to pass along their notes to the author afterward so as to free them from additional note-taking.

The discussion will then move toward the members as a whole, or start with them if there are no discussants for that session (in which case, a non-faculty member should be given the first and second question or point to make). Constructive criticism is encouraged, but the objective of the criticism should be to improve the essay – not to show everyone how smart the critic is. If you want to ask a question or make a point, raise your hand, and the workshop leader will add you to the queue in the order in which you are seen. If your point must be made immediately because it is germane to the topic at hand, feel free to make it, but your original spot in the queue will still be where it was. The author is encouraged to take notes, and members should be mindful of the author’s need to do so. The workshop will last roughly two hours.

Since the time lag between teleconferencing equipment can disrupt the ability of members to gauge the discussion’s rhythm and their opportunity to jump in, the workshop will not be teleconferenced. Rather, it will alternate between campuses at UNG in order to give as many campus community members as possible a chance to participate.

Often the members will go to a local restaurant after the workshop to socialize. Graduate students and undergraduates oriented toward an academic career are highly encouraged to come so that they can get additional “face time” with the author to make any more points, ask any more questions, and to get to know the author and other workshop members in a more relaxed and informal setting.


Applications to present your manuscript in progress to the workshop can be made by emailing Brent Allison (, the director of the workshop. Please include your institutional and departmental affiliation (or indicate that you are an independent scholar) and a 150-200 word abstract with the probable final length (in words) of the manuscript you want to present.

For upcoming paper presentations, click on "Papers" (TBA upon Session date). For the specific workshop rules, click on "Workshop Rules".

Papers will be updated here when available.

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