White Girl Tweeting

When I was in the tenth grade, I attended Virginia Governor’s School summer program – a month of state-run summer enrichment for kids all over the state. I had grown up in white, middle class, suburban America …so deep into the center of that life that nothing ever punctured my bubble. In 1992, I could…

On being a becomer, not a seeker

A quick note… Today marked the end of the first (hopefully annual) VCU ALTLab ALTfest.  ALTfest was a 3 day festival (intentionally not a conference) that celebrated learning transformation, an opportunity to tinker, play, explore, and learn through festive fun. As usual, I learned a lot but not necessarily through the content of the sessions; rather, I…

Becoming Pedagogy for Becoming People

“Now, I have loved you like a baby / Like some lonesome child. And I have loved you in a tame way / And I have loved you wild…” Steve Young, Seven Bridges Road A professor once told me that I loved ideas too much, because I treated them as if they were people.  It…

Pick a Mission, not a Major

As part of Connected Courses, Mimi Ito, Bill Penuel, and Vera Michalchik got together via google hangout to discuss the idea of assessment in connected courses.   The session is thought-provoking, and if you have the time to check it out then you should (scroll down to find it). Highlights of the Session: Why we need…

Round Students, Square Colleges

In 1971 K. Patricia Cross gave a speech called “Round Students and Square Colleges” in which she outlined the needs of nontraditional students who were relatively new to college campuses at the time.  She called them “round students,” characterizing their life experiences, motivations, perspectives, contexts, and concerns as different from those of traditional students.  Dr….

A Remnant Worth Saving

I’ve been creating a new e-portfolio , which invariably means taking down the old one.  Just to clarify, this is my blog, not my e-portfolio, so this one is going nowhere.  But as I was shutting down my old website, I found this little nugget, which I can’t bring myself to delete. It captures exactly where…

A Saturday Morning Story

This is a story… for the conscientious professional who feels embattled in a time of transition, a time of assessment and accountability.  I am being vague on purpose, as I want both higher education faculty and physicians to read this story in their own contexts…and probably other professionals too, as you all seem to be…

On paying attention, intimately

It has become a cliché, at least in some circles, for Americans and occasionally Canadians to say that traveling to India changed their lives. I traveled to India in February 2005 as a (relatively new) bride, before I was a mother but while I was a chief resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at a hospital…

Tweeting in Algonquin

Last Saturday morning, while drinking entirely too much coffee and pretending not to dance to KidzBop, I was pleasantly surprised to see a twitter alert in my email that said: Gardner Campbell mentioned you in a tweet!  @GardnerCampbell: @GoogleGuacamole meet @amcunningham. I think you’ll have much to talk about! I admit that the first thing…

Rage and Pollen

bitterness is not sustainable. earlier this week i found out that someone had published my work without giving me credit. this is not about that, specifically. no worries, i’ve got my formal response under control.  this blog post is about the fact that having your work stolen is considered an almost necessary layer of academic…

Drive Together. Together, Drive.

I am lucky enough to co-instruct GRAD 602: Teaching, Learning, and Technology, with Jeff Nugent and Britt Watwood.  In this course, we guide graduate students and postdoc fellows through a series of arguments meant to convey that, as the future faculty of America, they need to develop their pedagogical skills as well as their disciplinary…

BC Pow(d)ers and the Meaning of a Moment

Sometimes I get migraines bad enough to make me wonder if I’m going to stroke out.   They happen often enough that I try to embrace them for their positives rather than complain about them for their negatives.  I like my migraines because they alter my world experience in the most interesting ways.  My rational thinking…