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Karen Otto Wins Major Teaching Award


PhD student Karen Otto has been recognized by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts as the 2019 High School Teacher of the Year. A public school teacher in Texas for over twenty years, Otto currently teaches English II GT at Southlake Carroll High School. For two decades her passionate and innovative teaching has instilled a love of reading and writing in her students. Her dissertation, supervised by Dr. Jim Warren, examines prevailing high school teaching practices in light of contemporary scholarship in Rhetoric and Composition Studies. For more information, click here .

Students Create Experimental Sound Project

As part of their discussions about sound and accessibility, students in Dr. Tim Richardson’s “Composing with Sound” course, which was offered in Fall 2018, performed Paragraph 7 of Cornelius Cardew's The Great Learning, a piece for choir written in plain language for trained and untrained singers. By not using traditional notation, the work is a composition that invites participation and experimentation instead of insisting on professional hierarchy and specialist status. A copy of the score for Paragraph 7 and more information can be found here.