Dr. Smith-Shank's presentation was helpful in getting started. I feel my research practice is just now developing into something that could potentially be interesting. I like the advice that Dr. Smith-Shank gave for approaching ones research. I am excited to look at Dr. Lather's book Getting Lost-- It sounds like how I am currently approaching research. I am almost losing myself in spaces of inquiry.
I was also thinking about what would be useful in another section of the colloquium course. A workshop strategy for the course might be good. I would love the opportunity to present a project or dissertation idea and have the class dissect it and offer suggestions. It would help us develop a community of inquiry as suggested by Dr. Smith-Shank.
I have had the pleasure of working for Dr. Bode for the last two semesters. I was assigned to work for her for the 5 hours of faculty assistance required by the department. During this time I have been able to spend quality time with Dr. Bode learning about her research interests, art practice, book, and dissertation. Assembling her website has also provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about how diverse and plentiful a scholars interests can be. I hope that some day my website will be as full with varied experiences as Dr. Bode's website is shaping up to be. I really appreciated all of the help Dr. Bode provided in how she conceptualized her thesis. The way she developed her methodology and how she focused her topic really helped with helping me imagine what my dissertation could potentially look like.