Speaker

Selected Presentations

Drawing on both my scholarly interests and my experience in higher education, I have addressed numerous audiences inside and outside the academy.  Topics include student success, the provost's role in higher education, information literacy and "fake news," and a wide range of literary and historical topics, from Edgar Allan Poe to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

As a frequent speaker for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Becoming a Provost Academy, I have delivered several talks on student success, the provost's role, and related topics.  In February 2018, for example, I gave the keynote address on the provost's role in student success at a banquet for provosts at AASCU's Academic Affairs Winter Meeting in San Antonio.  Other presentations in these other settings include "The KEY to a Fulfilling Career" (AASCU, 2018), "Transformative Learning for All" (High-Impact Practices in the States Conference, 2018), "Focusing on the Whole Student" (AASCU, 2017), "Developing a Faculty Focus on Student Success" (BAPA, 2017), "A Faculty Fellows Approach to Investigating and Disseminating Student Success Strategies" (AASCU, 2017), and "How to Make the Professional Experience Plan (PEP) Work for You" (BAPA, 2016).

My scholarly and pedagogical work on journalism, literature, truth, and information literacy has proved timely, given the recent crisis of truth in the media.  As a result, the Higher Learning Commission recently invited me to give a talk on "fake news" at its annual conference in Chicago in April 2018.  I have spoken on related subjects in a variety of other settings, including scholarly conferences and a panel discussion for high school and college students.  My presentations in this area include "Rebecca Harding Davis, Journalism, and 'The Story of To-Day'" (Joint Journalism Historians Conference, 2011), "Truthful Hoaxes: Poe, Literature, and the 'dirty newspapers,'" (Edgar Allan Poe Conference, 2009), and "Turn East, Turn Complacent: Mark Twain's Journalistic Decline" (Western Literature Association, 2008).

I also have given numerous scholarly presentations in other areas of expertise, including Edgar Allan Poe's psychology, Thomas Wolfe's writing process, and teaching lexicography.

Finally, I enjoy speaking to general audiences on a variety of topics in literature, history, and more.  My presentations for these audiences include "Building and Launching the Corps of Discovery" and "Into the Great Blank & Back Again" for a Lewis and Clark cruise on the American Empress, as well as "Corps of Discovery, Diplomacy, Science and Survival" and "H. L. Mencken: The Great Iconoclast" for UNC-Chapel Hill's Adventures in Ideas series, a commencement address called "This Is Our Story," appearances on public radio programs, and numerous presentations on Mencken, Poe, Wolfe, and the Lewis and Clark expedition for clubs and teachers. 

Selected Conference Presentations

“Strategies for Student Success: Retention and Graduation Rates” (with Joe Glover and Paul Marthers), State University System of Florida Trustee Summit, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, November 2018.

“Building an Ecosystem for Student Success” (with Scott Jones and Christina Downey),  Student Success Conference, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN, October 2018.

“Beyond ‘Fake News’: Framing the Next Decade of Higher Education’s Fight Against Misinformation” (with Mike Caulfield, et al.), Opening Plenary, AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Bellevue, WA, July 2018.

"Protecting and Pursuing the Truth in the Post-Truth Era," Higher Learning Commission Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2018.

"Transformative Learning for All: Planning, Implementing, Assessing, and Living the KEY at Indiana University Kokomo" (with Christina Downey et al.), High-Impact Practices in the States Conference, Carson, CA, February 2018.

"The KEY to a Fulfilling Career" (with Scott Jones), AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2018.

"The Provost's Role in Student Success," AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX, February 2018.

“A Faculty Fellows Approach to Investigating and Disseminating Student Success Strategies" (with Julie Saam), AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Baltimore, MD,  July 2017.

"Teaching Lexicography," Biennial Conference of Dictionary Society of North America, Christ Church, Barbados, June 2017.

"The Real Thomas Wolfe: Did Jude Law Get Him Right?," Thomas Wolfe Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 2017.

"Focusing on the Whole Student," AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2017.

"RFY on the Regional Campuses of Indiana University: Balancing Autonomy and Collaboration" (with Uric Dufrene, et al.), AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2017.

"Time/Credits-to-Degree" (with Josh Garrison), Using Data to Advance Student Success, Meeting of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2016. 

“Tailoring Support for First-Generation, Low-Income Students,” (with Christina Downey et al.), AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting Denver, CO, July 2016.

"Poe's Brain," Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Austin, TX, January 2016.

"Wolfe at Work," Thomas Wolfe Society Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, May 2016.

“Learning to ‘scribble’ with Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father in the Composition Classroom,” ASECS conference, Vancouver, Canada, March 2011.

“An Information Fluency Mini-Course Embedded in College Composition” (with Michael Alewine), Information Fluency Conference, Orlando, FL, March 2011. 

"Rebecca Harding Davis, Journalism, and 'The Story of To-Day,'" Joint Journalism Historians Conference, New York, NY, March 2011.

“Truthful Hoaxes: Poe, Literature, and the ‘dirty newspapers,’” Edgar Allan Poe Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2009.

“Turn East, Turn Complacent: Mark Twain’s Journalistic Decline,” Western Literature Association Conference, Boulder, CO, October 2008.

“The Portrait of a Journalist: Henrietta Stackpole and the Failings of the Press,” Reading Henry James Colloquium, Salem, MA, May 2007.

 

Professional Development

“Developing a Faculty Focus on Student Success,”  Becoming a Provost Academy, Baltimore, MD,  July 2017.

“Pre-Conference Workshop for New Provosts” (with Linda Vaden-Goad and Georgia Hale),  AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Baltimore, MD,  July 2017.

"Pre-Conference Workshop for New Provosts" (with Jane Gates, et al.), AASCU Academic Affairs Winter Meeting, San Diego, CA, February 2017.

“Assessing the ‘Fit’ of a President, Cabinet, and Institution: Questions and Issues for Provost Candidates to Consider During a Search” (with Patricia Rogers), Becoming a Provost Academy, AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Denver, CO, July 2016.

“How to Make the Professional Experience Plan (PEP) Work for You” (with Susan Davenport), Becoming a Provost Academy, AASCU Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Denver, CO, July 2016.

Public Presentations and Interviews

"Building and Launching the Corps of Discovery," Lewis and Clark cruise on American Empress, September 2019.

"Into the Great Blank & Back Again," Lewis and Clark cruise on American Empress, September 2019.

"Thomas Wolfe and 'Forgotten Writers,'" No Limits, May 2017.

"Puzzling Poe," Community First Travel Club, April 2017.

"The Lowly Syllabus," SoundIDEA, 2016.

"This Is Our Story," Commencement Address, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, December 2008.

“H.L. Mencken: The Great Iconoclast,” Adventures in Ideas series, UNC-CH, June 2008.

“Corps of Discovery, Diplomacy, Science, and Survival,” Adventures in Ideas series, UNC-CH, September 2004.

Webinar

"Information Literacy: Teaching Students How to Locate, Evaluate, and Document Information," Innovative Educators, September 2017.

Editorial Boards

Contributing Editor, The Thomas Wolfe Review, 2013-present

Editorial Board, Edgar Allan Poe Review, 2010-2012

© 2017 by Mark Canada.

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