Maddi Davies Teaching and Convening

I derive enormous satisfaction from research-led teaching. I have been nominated three times for 'teaching excellence' awards (I won the RUSU Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2017) and I am keenly involved in pedagogic innovation and enhancement projects: I co-lead the TLDF-funded ‘Diversifying Assessments’ project and involve UG students in research conference organisation and design. I also assist RUSU in training new Course Reps. I currently convene two Part 3 modules in the Department of English, the extremely popular 'Margaret Atwood' and 'Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury'. I currently convene another well-subscribed module at Part 2 level, 'Critical Issues’, using innovative teaching strategies to encourage ‘Active Learning’ (T&L Showcase, November 2016). Students report that this challenging module changes their thinking patterns and inspires more critically ambitious work. I also teach the Part 2 module ‘Writing, Gender and Identity’, where I use my extensive research in gender theory, and I teach Part 1 ‘Genre and Context’ where the vital foundations of critical exploration of text are demonstrated, explored and practiced. I supervise undergraduate dissertations in diverse areas and I also contribute seminars on the ‘MA in English’ programme (also supervising MA dissertations). I also supervise PhD students and, from October 2017, will have three working with me. In addition to this teaching, I also contribute a class on the ‘Assertiveness’ course (SLL Professional Track Programme): Maddi25

I am involved with Outreach activity (Wokingham Schools Federation Day, 2017). I contribute T&L Showcases and I lead the SLL Resilience Programme designed to equip our students with a set of skills geared towards their academic and professional success. See

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/02/13/resilience-the-route-to-success-by-dr-madeleine-davies/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/04/20/the-gender-sexuality-and-identities-student-forum-including-uofr-students-in-extra-curricular-platforms-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/t-and-l-exchange/connecting-with-the-curriculum-framework-in-student-participation-at-academic-conferences/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/03/06/success-breeds-success-in-praise-of-flair-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature-sll/

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/04/21/launch-of-new-research-network-on-politics-in-the-americas-at-reading-by-dr-mara-oliva/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/t-and-l-exchange/connecting-with-the-curriculum-framework-in-student-participation-at-academic-conferences/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/diversereading/2017/04/19/using-your-voice-to-make-a-difference-jess-phillips-mp-at-the-university-of-reading-on-june-1st/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/diversereading/2017/03/10/engaging-uofr-students-in-equality-diversity-and-inclusion/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2017/04/03/rusu-teaching-excellence-award-dr-madeleine-davies/

https://blogs.reading.ac.uk/english-at-reading/2015/03/12/international-womens-day-debate/

 

Summary of UG and PG teaching (current, April 2017)

Module

Cohort

My students

Seminars

Lectures per year

S/visions

Convenor

EN1GC

(2013 - 2017 )

230

30

20

2

2

EN2WGI (2015 - 2017)

85

30

10

2

1

EN2CRI (2010 - 2017)

60

15-30

10

4

1

EN3VW

(2008 -2016)

15

15

10 x 2-hour

1 x whole day study visit to Bloomsbury with group (Week 6)

10x I hour lectures

1

EN3MAT (2008 - 2016)

15

15

10 x 2-hour

10 x 1 hour lectures

1

EN3DIS (2000 - 2016)

185

8

3

n/a

6 supervisions per student per year (8 students)

MA in English (2013 - 2016)

20

n/a

2

n/a

2

PhD supervision (2009 - 2016)

1 or 2 per year

1 or 2

n/a

n/a

4 x

supervisions

per term

Lectures (2017-18 session)

  • Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (EN1GC)
  • Katherine Mansfield, 'Bliss' (EN1RC)
  • Judith Fetterley, 'On the Politics of Literature' (EN1RC)
  • Judith Butler, Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory' (EN1RC)
  • 'Creative Writing: Story-telling' (Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead)
  • Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (EN2MOD)
  • Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (EN2WGI)
  • 'The "Story" of Theory' (EN2CRI)
  • 'Whose Story is it Anyway?': Hayden White, 'The Historical Text as Literary Artifact' (EN2CRI)
  • 'Being Human: Mutant' (EN2CRI)

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HEA

I am a member of the FLAIR College of Assessors and I succeeded in my application for Fellowship of the HEA in July 2016. http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/engage-in-teaching-and-learning/2017/03/06/success-breeds-success-in-praise-of-flair-by-dr-madeleine-davies-department-of-english-literature-sll/

 

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