Assessment and Expectations

UMD’s general policies can be found at this link. The text below is a supplement to these policies and describes the principles I aim to follow in classroom world building.

I prefer not to formally divide graduate seminar grades into points and percentages. If you show that you are committed to the class, working to your full ability, listening to feedback, and engaging deeply with the material, you will do well. If you are missing class, failing to do the reading, not turning in required assignments, ignoring feedback, or engaging on a superficial level, you will not do well. If you think you are not doing as well as you would like to me, make an appointment to meet with me and we will discuss your progress in detail.

Late work
On formal submissions, I will give short extensions on request provided you ask for them in advance of the deadline. Submitting work late without an extension or extenuating circumstances may affect your grade. There are no extensions for web posts because these are part of the ongoing flow of the class and the deadlines have been selected so we can all engage with them. If you miss a deadline, though, please still submit your entry – the online archive of our class will be incomplete if you do not.

In-class media
I expect you to be present, punctual, prepared, and ready to engage in every scheduled class session. Bring the texts under discussion, in hardcopy or digital format, every day, and be ready to discuss what you have read. You are welcome to bring your laptop or tablet, but please use it to participate: to access readings and the class website, to take notes, or to find information that will add to the discussion. If I notice that you’re focused on something other than what we are discussing in class, I may invite you to give a short impromptu presentation on the relationship between digital distraction and feminist praxis. Know yourself: if you won’t be able to resist the internet’s siren call, turn off your wireless or take notes on paper.

The course website, at, is where class material will be hosted; it is a living document and so you should make sure you check the schedule page regularly for updates to readings. Make sure that you are logged in when you visit the website, as much important material is only available to registered students. Your initial username is your last name, and your initial password is the course code; make sure to change the password after your initial login.

I expect you to be checking your university email regularly, and to respond promptly when asked to do so. I will respond to email queries within 24 hours (48 over the weekend) and I expect you to do the same.

Class cancellations and emergency protocol
In the event of emergency campus university closures, I will send an email explaining how lost material will be made up. We may meet online in a chat room or Google Hangout, reschedule class, or make adjustments to the syllabus.