Article on student evaluations

For those of you about to get your first student evaluations in a month or so, it may be helpful to know not to take them all to heart. Indeed, Rebecca Schuman argues in this article on student evaluations that “Student evaluations of professors aren’t just biased and absurd—they don’t even work.”

My personal favorite was the student who complained about me that I seemed to think my topic was the most important thing in the world. Feel free to share your own examples in the comments below.

Call for Submissions – Juried Exhibition

artspace11Due date for entries is May 30th. All contemporary 2D work in any media is accepted. Please see the prospectus for details. Over $1200 will be awarded to the best works in show. Artspace111 is pleased to have Andrea Karnes and Ron Tyler as jurors for the 1st Annual Artspace111 Juried Exhibition, their information is provided below.


Juror Ron Tyler

Dr. Ron Tyler was director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art from 2006-2011. He was director of the Texas State Historical Association from 1986 to 2005 and has served on numerous boards, including the Conference of Southwest Foundations, Eastern National and the Summerlee Foundation. He sat on both the planning and accessions committees for the Blanton Art Museum in Austin and is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society,  the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters. Tyler is editor and author of more than two dozen books, including Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist as Explorer; Nature’s Classics: John James Audubon’s Birds and Animals; Visions of America: Pioneer Artists in a New Land; Posada’s Mexico; and The Image of America in Caricature and Cartoon. He is the recipient of numerous grants; has delivered many articles for  publication in scholarly journals across the country; organized a number of major exhibitions; and lectured widely on exploration art, American and Western art and history, and John James Audubon.

Juror Andrea Karnes 

Andrea Karnes is a curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where she has worked for more than 20 years. She received her BFA in fine arts at the University of North Texas, and received a master’s degree from Texas Christian Universiry in 2000. She is responsible for some of the most celebrated exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, including the 2013 exhibition Mexico: Inside/Out, which surveyed contemporary art from Mexico in the last decade.

You can see the Artspace111 website here:

Submission details:


A postcard with all of the pertinent information about the exhibition is provided above.

William Grella
(432) 352-2532

William Barton Graduate Scholarship

The American Heraldry Society has recently established the William Barton Graduate Scholarship in an amount up to $1,500 to support masters or doctoral students in the preparation and completion of a thesis, dissertation, or equivalent degree capstone project relevant to the use of heraldry (coats of arms, seals, badges, and related symbols) within the present territory of the United States and its territories and possessions. Not more than one scholarship is awarded each academic year; the amount awarded will be based on the costs expected to be incurred in research and writing of the thesis. The scholarship is given in honor of William Barton (1754-1817), a lawyer and public official from Philadelphia who was not only instrumental in the design of the great seal and coat of arms of the United States but played a pioneering role in developing and articulating a theory of the role of heraldry in the American republic.

Doctoral and masters students in any field are eligible for this award, provided that the project is relevant to the study of heraldry in the United States. Disciplines in which such a project might be undertaken include but are not limited to history, literature, law, anthropology, sociology, political science/government, archaeology, art history, architecture and design, and communication studies.

Students may apply for the scholarship at any time once they have reached the stage of active preparation of the thesis prospectus.  Applications will be accepted annually with a deadline of July 31.

For further information and application instructions, please see our website,


Joseph McMillan
President and Director of Research
American Heraldry Society

Library course for summer

Library Research for Graduate Students

MAIS 5321.0I1.   14U   3 Credits

Graduate students will learn how to find and evaluate scholarly resources, and how to organize the information for a thesis or dissertation. Learn about creating lit reviews. Primary, secondary, and tertiary sources; identifying appropriate research methodologies; assessing quantity, quality and relevance of search results and citation management will be included.

Loreen S. Henry, M.L.S.
Head of Information Literacy Services
Library Liaison to JSOM
McDermott Library University of Texas-Dallas
P.O. Box 830643, MC33 Richardson, Texas 75083-0643
972 883-2126

Talk by Benjamin Saenz – Wednesday April 9

The creative writing faculty are pleased to announce the appearance of Benjamin Saenz on our campus on Wednesday, April 9. Novelist, poet, and writer of children’s books, Saenz was named one of the “Fifty Most Inspiring Authors in the World” by Poets & Writers magazine.

His latest collection of short stories,
Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club was accorded the prestigious 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, as well as a Lambda Literary Finalist for Gay Fiction. 

Born in Old Picacho, a small farming village outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico, forty-two miles north of the U.S. / Mexico border, Saenz He was the fourth of seven children and was brought up in a traditional Mexican-American Catholic family. He entered the seminary in 1972 at the University of Louvain and was ordained a Catholic priest. Three and a half years later, he left the priesthood.

At the age of 30, he entered the University of Texas at El Paso. He later received a fellowship at the University of Iowa. In 1988, he received a Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University. In 1993, he returned to the border to teach in the bilingual MFA program at UTEP. 

His 2012 novel 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon and Schuster) is an Honor Book for the Printz Award, and the winner of the Pura Belpré and the Stonewall Awards. 

He is the author of numerous novels, books for children and young adults. His young adult novel
Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood is used in many high school curricula and was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, a Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and winner of the Américas Award. 

His bestselling bilingual children’s books include
A Gift from Papà, Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas and A Perfect Season for Dreaming. He also is the author of a several volumes of poetry, including Calendar of Dust, which won the American Book Award..
Mr. Saenz will be on hand at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Library Room of the Green Center to meet with students and discuss writing and his work.
At 7:30, he will make a formal presentation of his work in the Performance Hall of the Jonsson Building. The reading is free and open to the public.
R. Clay Reynolds, Ph.D
Professor, Arts & Humanities
Director, Creative Writing
School of Arts & Humanities



GSA Elections for 2014-15

A message from GSA president Elizabeth Ranieri:

Hello UTD graduate students!

It is time to elect new UTD GSA officers for the 2014-2015 school year. Serving as a GSA officer is an excellent opportunity to meet other students (and faculty members). I am including brief descriptions of the officer positions:

Responsibilities include: calling and running meetings (both general GSA and executive board); creating semester calendar; setting and creating agendas for meetings; attending department meetings; collecting and communicating relevant information to GSA advisor, A&H Graduate Advisor and A&H Coordinator of Special Programs; co-chair of RAW committee.

Responsibilities include: co-chair of RAW committee; managing structure of GSA (bylaws; funding; organization); attending meetings in place of President when President is unavailable.

Responsibilities include: managing website/facebook/twitter accounts; writing and organizing minutes from GSA and executive board meetings.

Responsibilities include: organizing social events; working with alumni; acting as liaison for graduate students who are unable to attend meetings; managing yearly elections.

If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please send your platform to by April 12th.

On April 19th there will be a GSA meeting where the candidates can present their platforms and answer questions.

The election will be held on April 21st.
Stay tuned for more information!

Please direct all questions and platforms to

Thank you all for a wonderful year!
Elizabeth Ranieri
GSA President