an initiative at Virginia Tech
2016 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers
Veterans in Society:
Ambiguities & Representations
10-29 July 2016
Blacksburg, VA, and Washington, DC
is associate professor of rhetoric and writing in the Department of English at Virginia Tech, where he directed the Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society (CSRS). From 1998 until 2007, Jim was the founding director of the Professional Writing program. From 2008–11, he served as founding director of VT’s Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP), now VT-ENGAGE. Jim is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1977–1992 on active duty and from 1992–2004 in the reserves before retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He launched the Veterans Studies research group at Virginia Tech with Bruce Pencek and Eric Hodges in 2012 and has since chaired three Veterans in Society conferences, which bring together research into and articulation of veterans issues across disciplines. Read more about the Veterans in Society initiatives at veteransinsociety. wordpress.com/. Jim also chairs the Virginia Tech Veterans Caucus, an advocacy group of university faculty and staff established in 2015.
is one of the founding organizers of the Veterans Studies research group and the Veterans in Society conferences. He has worked in Virginia Tech’s University Libraries since 2001 as College Librarian for Social Sciences and History, with liaison responsibilities to the department of history, several departments dealing with politics and public affairs, the department of science and technology in society, and army, navy, and air force ROTC. Pencek received the 2010 Marta Lang/CQPress Award for contributions to political science and law librarianship from the Association of College and Research Libraries. He earned his PhD in government from Cornell with a concentration in American political thought. He taught political science for a dozen years before getting his library degree from the University of Illinois. Pencek was a co-principal investigator on an NEH Digging Into Data grant, An Epidemiology of Information, which used text mining of newspapers to shed light on the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. He was president of the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate in 2011-12.
The Veterans in Society: Ambiguities and Representations 2016 summer institute for college faculty is a project of
Virginia Tech's Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society and the University Libraries.
The 2016 Veterans in Society summer institute has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this the institute or this website, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities nor Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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