I advise students who are part of the following Cal Poly-affiliated organizations: College Republicans; French/Francophone Culture/s' Club; French Minors (surnames starting with A-M); Golden Key International Honour Society; Modern Languages and Literatures; and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
How to tell sketchy honor societies from legitimate ones.
If I am Your Professor
Here is what I--and others--reasonably expect of you as a student. Please read carefully.
I Endorse This Statement (from Heterodox Academy)
“I believe that university life requires that people with diverse viewpoints and perspectives encounter each other in an environment where they feel free to speak up and challenge each other. I am concerned that many academic fields and universities currently lack sufficient viewpoint diversity—particularly political diversity. I will support viewpoint diversity in my academic field, my university, my department, and my classroom.”
Your Right to Free Speech
It is important that you stand up for your right to free speech on this college campus and that the constitution not be quarantined. Cal Poly has a problematic "yellow light" speech code status.
As noted in FIRE's Guide to Free Speech on Campus, "sheltering students from speech that might offend them is patronizing and paternalistic" (159). It is furthermore important that administrators be reminded that "pain and offense" are "vital part[s] of the educational process" and are the "inevitable by-product[s] of having one's fundamental beliefs challenged" (160).
Regarding "College Crybullies"
I have tolerance neither for college indoctrination nor the rise of "crybullies." I agree with Roger Kimball, who writes in "The Rise of College Crybullies": "The idea that one should attend college to be protected from ideas one might find controversial or offensive could only occur to someone who had jettisoned any hope of acquiring an education." (Wall Street Journal, 14 - 15 November 2015: A9)
I am also increasingly fearful that universities run the risk of stifling free speech. This is something that I will not tolerate.
I do not believe in the necessity to provide "trigger warnings" in my classes (which typically introduce students to materials intended to challenge their values and beliefs).
Letters of Recommendation
If you seek a letter of recommendation from me, you should discuss your application with me in person well in advance of the deadline (one-month minimum). If you do not, I will likely not agree to write one for you.
If you are seeking a letter of recommendation from me for graduate school, you should also read "Dos and Don't for Requesting a Recommendation Letter for Grad School." If you come to my office unprepared, I will not agree to write one on your behalf. Please also note that I will only recommend strong students (grade/s of A in my course/s) who have remained in close contact with me throughout their undergraduate careers at Cal Poly.
Of Potential Interest
Applying to College? Make Sure You Have Options to Study Languages
Ah, Bartleby; Ah, Humanities
Alliance Defending Freedom
AP Higher Education
A Primer on Electronic Communication (from Inside Higher Ed)
Building a Fluent Workforce
California Language Teachers' Association
Cal Poly CLA (short video; long video)
Cal Poly Disorientation Guide (2015)
Cal Poly Study Abroad
Cal Poly Students Using French
Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers
Escape the Ivory Tower
Exploring the New AP Program for World Languages (see page 52+)
Fire's Guide to Free Speech on Campus
FIRE's Spotlight: The Campus Freedom Resource -- Cal Poly (yellow light for censoring student speech)
Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World
Free Exchange on Campus
Golden Key International Honour Society
Good News, Liberal Arts Majors
Immersion: Strategies for Cultural and Linguistic Survival
International Education Week
Joint National Committee for Languages
Kanopy (Video Streaming Service)
Knowing Other Languages Brings Opportunities
Language Study in the Age of Globalization: The College-Level Experience
Larry Summers is Wrong About Languages
LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education
MLA Language Map
The MLA Style Center
Modern Languages and Literatures Library Guide
Narrating Lives Video Project
New York University Libraries (Bobcat)
Philopena (a site I maintained when I was department chair)
Poly Politics: Cal Poly, SLO
So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities: Nine Years Later
Students for Academic Freedom
Virtual Poetry Center - 92nd Street Y
Why Language Study Should Be Part of Your College Experience
Young America's Foundation