English


Dr. Maria A. Clayton

Dr. Maria Clayton
Associate Professor
Department Webmaster

Member, Graduate Faculty

B.A., 1973, North Carolina State University; M.A., 1979, California State University, D.A., 1998, Middle Tennessee State University. (1995)

Office: PH 329; Phone/Voice Mail: 898-2585

Dr. Clayton teaches courses in web-assisted composition at all levels--from freshman composition, Engl 1010, to Computers and Writing, Engl 6580/7580. She developed the first online general studies English course, Engl 2030, and earned her Certified Online Instructor credentials in 2005. She also teaches Modern English Grammar and Usage, Engl 4510/5510, and a new course, Hispanic Writers in American Literature, Engl 3367. Additionally, she serves as the Department's current webmaster. Honors she has received include the Distinguished Educator Award in Distance Learning, 1998-99; Office of Information Technology Faculty Intern, Tennessee Board of Regents Distance Education Committee Innovations Award, and MTSU Foundation Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award, 2000-01; LT&ITC Faculty Fellow, 2006-07; and the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 2008-09.

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Presentations

2009

  • Proposal to 2010 CCCC Annual Convention, "Flipping the 'Old into Something New': Putting CCCC's Five R's into Practice." Louisville, KY (1-20 Mar 2010)
  • "Building Bridges: Using Technology to Move Students from Old Concepts to New." 20 th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, FL (13-17 April)

2008

  • "If You Build It, They Still Might Not Come—Overcoming Faculty Resistance to IT Integration." MERLOT International Conference. Minneapolis, MN (7-10 August)
  • "Changing the Graduate Student Paradigm: Immersed in Learning about Teaching." 13 th Annual Instructional Technology Conference. MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN (2-4 April 2008)
  • "Technology and Writing." Scholars Week 2008. MTSU (31 Mar-4 Apr)
  • "Collaboration Design: Working Together and Sharing What We Produce." Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching. Greensboro, NC (8-10 Feb)

2007

  • "Engl 6580/7580 Web-assisted Course Delivery at the Graduate Level." MTSU ShareFair, (31 Oct 2007)
  • "Overcoming Faculty Barriers to IT Integration." Annual Campus Technology Conference, Washington, D.C. (31 July-2 August)
  • "What Barriers Still Exist for IT Integration by Higher Education Faculty and What Strategies Could Dispel Them?" 12 th Annual Instructional Technology Conference, MTSU (1-3 April)
  • "Defining and Overcoming Faculty Barriers to IT Integration." EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 2007, Atlanta, GA (22-24 Jan)

2006

  • "Interactivity Tools for In-Class & Cross-Class Collaboration: Expanded Peer Groups in the Composition Classroom." Tennessee Technological University's annual Technology Day, Cookeville, TN (9 Feb)

2005

  • "Departmental Initiative: Guiding Faculty Through Online Teaching." MERLOT International Conference, Nashville, TN (25-28 July)

2004

  • "Bringing WebCT Home: Faculty Training in the English Department." 9 th Annual Instructional Technology Conference, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN (4-6 April)
  • "Who Is Ever Going to Read This? Making Composition Matter." Conference on College Composition and Communication's 55 th Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX (24-27 March)
  • "WebCT Best Practices: Peer and Instructor Response to Student Writing." 8 th Annual TBR Distance Learning Conference, Nashville, TN (18-20 Feb)

2003

  • "Learning from Each Other: Electronic Peer Groups and Making Audience Real." 93 rd NCTE Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA (20-25 Nov.)
  • "Effective IT Integration in the Composition Classroom: Instructor and Student Perspectives." 8 th MTSU Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN (30 Mar.-1 Apr.)

2002

  • "Familiarize Them with IT: Well-rounded, Prospective Teacher Preparation." 92 nd National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA. (21-24 Nov.)
  • "The Challenge of Effective Instructional Technology Integration in the Composition Classroom: Instructor and Student Perspectives." 2003 Conference on College Composition and Communication in New York City (19-22 Mar.)
  • "Communities of Learners: Connecting Students to Maximize Learning." 7 th MTSU Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN (7-9 Apr.)
  • "Teacher Audience Awareness: Who's at the Other End of My Online Course." Distance Education Conference in Nashville, TN (27 Feb.-1 Mar.)

2001

  • "Reaffirming Interactivity: The Merits of Fostering Learning Communities in Traditional and Online Courses." International Online Conference on Teaching Online in Higher Education (12-14 Nov.)
  • "Collaborative Teaching, Collaborative Learning: Expanding Communities of Writing Teachers and Students Cross Institutional Boundaries at Three Tennessee Colleges." Writers for the 21st Century Conference in Geneva, NY (3-4 Nov.)
  • "Who's Online: A Look at Demographics of Online Student Population." The V Congress of the Americas, University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico (18-21 Oct.)
  • "Technology & Literature: A Comparative Case Study of Three Course-Delivery Formats." Syllabus Conference in Santa Clara, CA (July 20-24).
  • "Faculty Experiences Using an Online Course Management System." Panel discussion at the 6 th MTSU Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN (Apr. 8-10)
  • "The Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning, Revisited: A Comparative Study." 6 th MTSU Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN (Apr. 8-10)
  • "Technology & Literature: A Comparative Case Study of Three Course-Delivery Formats." 6 th MTSU Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Murfreesboro, TN (Apr. 8-10)
  • "Collaborative Teaching, Collaborative Learning: Expanding Communities of Writing Teachers and Students Cross Institutional Boundaries." Conference on College Composition and Communication in Denver, CO (Mar. 14-17)
  • "Technology and Literary Studies: A Comparative Case Study of Three Course-Delivery Formats." Distance Education Conference in Nashville, TN (Feb. 21-23)

2000

  • "Technology & Literature: A Comparative Study of Three Course-Delivery Formats." 2000 International Online Conference on Teaching Online in Higher Education (Nov. 13-14)
  • "Technology & Literature: A Comparative Case Study of Three Course-Delivery Formats." Tennessee Council of Teachers of English Conference in Gatlinburg, TN (Sept. 29-30)
  • "Technology and Literary Studies: A Comparative Study of Three Course-Delivery Formats." MTSU Faculty Instructional Technology Institute (23 June)
  • "Middle Tennessee State University's Experience in Evaluating On-line Course management Systems." 5 th Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN (9-11 Apr.)
  • "Faculty Technological Literacy and the English Department: A Case Study." Paper proposed for The Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

1999

  • "Gradual Progression: A Key Consideration in Online Instruction." Online Conference on Teaching Online in Higher Education, hosted by Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN (8-9 Nov.)
  • "Cross-Grade-Level Mentoring: A collaboration in Writing Project." Tennessee Council of Teachers of English Conference, Memphis, TN (1-2 Oct.)
  • "Moving Online: Ground-breaking Changes for Middle Tennessee State University." Syllabus Regional Conference on Education Technology, Orlando, FL (18-21 Mar.)

1998

  • "The Challenges of Re-inventing Writing Instruction: Portfolio Composition and Faculty Development at Middle Tennessee State University." Panel participant at the National Council for Teachers of English, Nashville, TN (19-24 Nov.)
  • "Computer-Assisted, Portfolio-Based Composition: The Next Step for Freshman Composition at MTSU." 3 rd Mid-South Instructional Technology Conference, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (5-7 Apr.)

Awards

  • Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, 2008-09
  • MTSU Foundation Awards 2000-2001, Outstanding Achievement in Instructional Technology Award
  • Tennessee Board of Regents Distance Education Committee 2000 Innovations Award
  • Distinguished Educator Award in Distance Learning, 1999-2000