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Hilldale Award

I’m grateful to be in the company of such brilliant colleagues! The Hilldale Award is special because it recognizes work in the three domains of research, teaching, and service (many other awards at UW-Madison focus …

New semester, new syllabi

New semester, new syllabi: This semester I’ll be teaching two classes I have taught many times before, an introduction to they study of English syntax and a more advanced course, introducing students to working with …

Books of the year

Every December, someone from the Cap Times asks UW faculty members about their books of the year. This year, I recommended two books. Only one made it into the article, so here is what I …

Collaboration

It’s wonderful to co-publish with a former graduate student! Difei (Lynn) Zhang and I collaborated on a survey of grammar items that are still listed as ‘bad grammar’ in many style guides or are presented …

Back to school!

Back to school! It’s never easy to jump into a new semester after a year-long leave, but it’s made easy for me because I get to teach two new courses related to my research. English …

Greater Madison Writing Project

As department chair during the pandemic, I had less opportunity than I thought I would have to overhaul programs and build more efficient and more equitable structures in the department. There were just too many …

Brief reflection on writing a textbook

CUP published our brief reflection on what it’s like to co-write a textbook on its academic blog, Fifteeneightyfour. We are lucky to work at institutions (Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and the University of Wisconsin-Madison) that recognize the …