Feedback: Critical Evaluation Methods Across Disciplines


Feedback: Critical Evaluation Methods Across Disciplines
Friday, February 28 from 10:50 – 11:45 AM
Tate Student Center Room 138

A free public event organized by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE)
as part of the UGA Graduate Student Association
Interdisciplinary Research Conference
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Many people agree on the beneficial role of critical evaluation, but the methods vary widely across disciplines. The Feedback workshop will take a comparative approach to the nature of peer review with an interdisciplinary panel of faculty and invite responses, questions, and stories from those in attendance. Panelists will include George Contini (Theatre and Film Studies), Rebecca Gose Enghauser (Dance), Mark Farmer (Cellular Biology), Nadia Kellam (Engineering), Mary Hallam Pearse (Art), Jean Martin-Williams (Music), and Andrew Zawacki (English). The panel will be moderated by Mark Callahan, producer of the Feedback podcast series

George Contini
Associate Professor, Theatre and Film Studies

George Contini specializes in Characterization, Solo Performance, Acting on Camera, and Queer Theatre and Film. He is the recipient of many university-wide awards recognizing his outstanding teaching and research, including the Richard Russell Award, Sandy Beaver Teaching Fellowship, M. G. Michael Award, and Sandy Beaver Special Teaching Award. He received his MFA from the University of Miami, Florida in Film Production and received his BA from Baldwin-Wallace College with a double major in Theatre and English.

Rebecca Gose Enghauser
Associate Professor, Dance

Rebecca Gose Enghauser was a principal dancer with Garth Fagan Dance (1988-1993), touring extensively across the US and abroad to theatres, colleges and universities, as well as such venues as Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theatre (NYC), National Black Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Internationales Tansfest (Cologne), Basel Tanz (Switzerland), and the Carlton Dance Festival (Brazil). Enghauser holds a BS Degree in Secondary Education from West Virginia University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

Mark Farmer
Professor, Cellular Biology
Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences

Mark Farmer is Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences and the author of over 40 research publications that focus on the origin and evolution of microorganisms. He is a Past President of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology. Dr. Farmer is a frequent contributor to the Athens Banner-Herald where he writes on topics of science and public policy and he is also a media consultant for the Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education.

Nadia Kellam
Associate Professor, College of Engineering

Nadia Kellam is co-director of the interdisciplinary engineering education research CLUSTER (Collaborative Lounge for Understanding Society and Technology). In her research, she is interested in understanding how engineering students develop their professional identity, the role of emotion in student learning, and synergistic learning.

Mary Hallam Pearse
Associate Professor, Art

Mary Hallam Pearse received her MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and in a number of publications including Ornament, Metalsmith and Lark 500 books. She is the Graduate Coordinator of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, where she teaches courses in metals and jewelry.

Jean Martin-Williams
Meigs Professor of Music

Before joining the University of Georgia faculty in 1990, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams was a full-time performer in New York City, performing in a variety of chamber and orchestral settings including the Metropolitan Opera, the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the New York Chamber Symphony. She now teaches horn, directs the UGA Horn Choir, coaches chamber music, and is a member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. She continues to be an active performer and is a member of the New York Pops Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and the Zephyr Brass Trio.

Andrew Zawacki
Associate Professor, English
Director of the Creative Writing Program

Andrew Zawacki is the author of three poetry books – Petals of Zero Petals of One, Anabranch, and By Reason of Breakings – and of several chapbooks: Georgia, co-winner of the 1913 Prize; Glassscape; Lumieretheque; Arrow’s Shadow; Videotape; Roche Limit; Bartleby’s Waste-book; and Masquerade, which received the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, and elsewhere, including the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, Walt Whitman Hom(m)age, 2005/1855, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, and Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. Coeditor of Verse and of The Verse Book of Interviews, he has published criticism in the TLS, Boston Review, Talisman, How2, New German Critique, Australian Book Review, Religion and Literature, and other international journals. He has a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Mark Callahan
Artistic Director, Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE)
Associate Academic Director, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts

Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia, Associate Academic Director for Innovation in the Arts at the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and serves on the faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy.