Dr. Kevin Brooks
Office: Minard 318E42
I have been a professor at NDSU since the fall of 1997.
In the fall of 2016, I am teaching Introduction to English Studies (Engl 167) and Advanced Writing Workshop (Engl 467). Introduction to English Studies orients our majors to some of the big questions we ask our selves in English Studies; it also explains our department's balanced curriculum (literary studies, writing studies, English Education, linguistics, creative writing--and more!). I will try to help students establish some personal knowledge management strategies and tools, and introduce them to our faculty, university, and community. The Advanced Writing Workshop will bring a workshop approach to writing and producing literacy narratives (print, digital, including audio) and remixing works of literature for scholarly and expressive purposes. This writing course is designed primarily for English Education majors but English majors and writing minors are welcome!
Research: My research path has not been a very straight line, so I will keep the story short. I started down a new research and creative activity path in 2007 by working on a documentary about one of Fargo's Lost Boys of Sudan. The African Soul, American Heart project took me to Kenya and Sudan in December of 2007, our documentary premiered on Nov. 9, 2008, and I have written about my experiences a few times, including this essay in the NDSU Magazine, "The Trip of a Lifetime Doesn't Need to Come to an End." I have composed a MEmorial for the Lost Boys of Sudan, and worked on a Virtual Peace Garden website and Second Life island, both of which have been mothballed, but not forgotten. I moved on to founding "Sugar Labs at NDSU" and running an after-school program for students at Madison and Jefferson Elementary Schools that we called "Fargo XO." "Responding to the Coding Crisis," written with Chris Lindgren, appeared in 2015; Christ, Matt Warner and I also have a white paper in Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities.
In January of 2014, I re-launched Giving + Learning, an adult ELL program that is now part of the New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment. I have two and half years of field notes collected, and have started to present research gathered from this participatory action research project.
Last updated: August 19, 2016.