Sabbatical project

I begin my sabbatical on 10 August 2018. I will use this page to organise my research, reading, and writing.Here is what I said I would do:

Open Writing in History

My sabbatical will focus on publicly modeling how historians work in the 21st century, by engaging in historical writing in an open, digital format. This work will be designed to bring course and program Student Learning Outcomes to life through open practice.

My main topic will be the late nineteenth century in England, a new area of scholarship for me. Since it is a radical change in my disciplinary focus, I will engage in activities designed to increase my knowledge, as well as to provide material for writing.

Foundational work for writing will include intensive reading, research activities (archival investigation, primary sources, secondary articles), professional activities, and/or focused coursework. Such scholastic work is common to scholars in the discipline, and after the sabbatical I will be able to share the meta-cognitive processes that I encourage in my history students.

Any publication derived from the foundational work will be disseminated through peer-reviewed journals in the discipline.

Objective #1: I will engage historical work at a high level of scholarship

I will engage in historical work at the post-graduate level. This will include readings in the historiography of 19th century England through such peer-reviewed journals as the Journal of British Studies, Victorian Studies, Victorian Review, and Nineteenth-Century Studies. Research in historical archives (online and on-site), professional conferences or other professional association meetings, and/or completion of extension or postgraduate classes related to nineteenth century England will also be included. For all tasks, I will create an ongoing log, recording and writing on the subject of late nineteenth century English history, and documenting the processes in which I am engaged.

The time spent on reading, research, professional activities, and coursework will exceed 200 hours.

Objective #2: I will engage in extensive writing, creating a book outline and at least one full chapter or an article intended for publication.

I will engage in the analysis of historical evidence with a goal of creating one product for immediate publication, and a solid plan for a larger work.

Documentation will include the draft of the book outline, and the full chapter or article ready to submit to journals, or as accepted by a journal or publisher. The extensive writing, review, and revision will exceed 400 hours.

Etc. [other objective(s]

An ongoing objective will be improving my own writing through practice.

Total Estimate of Hours for all objectives (minimum of 576 hours) = 600 hours minimum

Explanation of how my activities will contribute to my professional development:

Although I have been active in professional activities on an ongoing basis, for the last decade my energy has been directed toward online pedagogy, with a focus on online learning rather than the scholarship of history itself. The activities in this sabbatical project will contribute to my professional development through intensive and extensive historical writing, the primary skill required of all historians, and return me to disciplinary studies as well as improving my writing.

Explanation of the anticipated short- and/or long-term benefits of your project:

In the short term, I will not only gain energy from engaging in historical studying and writing, but will learn more about a subject in which I have an enthusiastic interest. Such work can only increase my efficacy as a teacher, by feeding my enthusiasm for my discipline and its practice. In the longer term, the project will create a historical writing process on which I can draw, providing examples to students of the process of doing history.

Several Student Learning Outcomes will be achieved within the project itself, by applying them to advanced historical work. Developing a thesis based on primary sources, identifying sources within their historical context, analyzing causal and consequential elements – all are History SLOs and will be featured in the posts and articles I create. Following my sabbatical, I intend to share the entire process with students. In a time when writing of all kinds is being subsumed under concepts of media or communication, I intend to present a model for students of the historical skills embedded in the CSLOs and PSLOs by increasing their familiarity with the historical writing process. This will encourage their success when implementing such skills themselves, in writing for not only history classes, but other subjects as well.

Further, upon my return, the initial publication of my historical work will enable my students to engage directly with me as a historian, rather than simply as an instructor. This is an element that is available to university students, but is rare at community college. In addition, having instructors publicly engage in the skills of the discipline strengthens the scholarly reputation of both the History Department and the college as a whole.

Intellectual property: It is my understanding that work produced on this sabbatical leave is academic work regardless of format, and remains my own intellectual property under Administrative Procedure 3715. I will not be making substantial use of district resources.


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