New CIC Introduction

Hey, y’all! I’m Alycia Gilbert. I’m the new CIC AD this quarter, and I wanted to introduce myself!

I’m a PhD student who works primarily with adaptations of nineteenth-century texts; any stage/film/television/graphic novel/web-series adaptation of nineteenth-century source material, and I’m all over it (and there’s a lot of it out there–there’s even a Jane Eyre manga). I’m mostly interested in how historical ideologies move and are mythologized across time, genres, and contexts. Basically, I ask “how do adaptations ‘perform’ the nineteenth century and its power structures for modern audiences?” while analyzing every version of Dracula I can get my hands on.

In my own teaching, I love bringing adaptation studies into the classroom and encouraging students to compose across genres themselves. And since adaptation studies is, by necessity, a multimodal and interdisciplinary field, I like my syllabi packed with comics, films, and social media feeds. My courses are deeply invested in exploring the choices made in retelling/recreating a text, as well as the cultural and political stakes of adaptations. I’m also passionate about making space for students to be creative and draw from their own interests, and I’m always excited to talk with other instructors about how to design flexible projects that facilitate student input!

Outside the university, I’m a scribbler of all sorts (mostly fiction writing, but I’m also an aggressive doodle-r), a horror fan, and a lover of children’s lit.

I’m always excited to brainstorm course design, from assignments to lesson plans. Especially with the current online teaching environment, I’d love to talk about how we can explore new ways to integrate technology and creativity into the composition classroom while prioritizing mental and physical health. If you ever want to chat about the CIC classroom or multimodal teaching in general, email me at!

I’m looking forward to talking with y’all more!

New CIC Assistant Director: Ann Shivers-McNair

Hello CIC instructors and friends, and happy spring! In this post, I’ll briefly introduce myself and remind you of the ways in which I can support your teaching.

msmagphotoI’m a PhD student in the English department’s language and rhetoric program, and before that, I was a full-time writing instructor and coordinator of the basic writing program at the University of Southern Mississippi. My master’s degree is in literature and creative writing (poetry). You can view my CV and recent publications here, and you can find me on Twitter (@a_shiversmcnair). My email address is asmcnair [at]

For those of you teaching in the CIC this quarter, I’m here to support you in any way you choose to integrate the lab technology into your teaching. And if you run into trouble with the technology while you’re teaching, I’m always on campus during CIC classes and can come help you–just call or text me.

If you’re not teaching a CIC class but are still using or interested in using technology in your class, I’m here for you, too. If you’d like to bring your students to the lab for a work day or technology-mediated activity, send me an email and I’ll let you know whether the labs are available then.

For all of you, wherever you’re teaching, here are the ways I can support you and your students:

  • I’ll be posting information here on tools and techniques to try, as well as information on using Canvas (in our outside the CIC).
  • I’m also happy to work with you one-on-one if you’re interested in learning a new tool or thinking about how technology could support or enhance your pedagogical goals.
  • I can help you in the classroom (in the CIC or elsewhere) by leading or helping you lead a training session on a particular tool you want your students to use, or helping you facilitate a technology-mediated activity in class.
  • When I see or hear about effective activities or assignments that make use of technology, I’ll share them here, or you can guest-blog and share materials yourself, so let me know if you have an activity or assignment to share.

I’m excited about working with you all and learning from you!