Dan Godston teaches Literature and Writing & Rhetoric courses in the English Department at Columbia College, and he also teaches through First-Year Seminar. He was invited by the Writing & Rhetoric program to give a presentation about his innovative pedagogy to colleagues during a First Year Writing orientation session. Columbia College’s Center for Teaching Excellence has awarded him two part-time faculty grants.
He is also an active member of the Columbia College community. In summer 2009 he was invited to participate in a panel with the Bridge Program about The Synesthetic Plan of Chicago, an art installation he co-curated which was commissioned by the City of Chicago, and he has organized two events as part of Columbia College’s Critical Encounters initiative: “Listening to the Planet” and “"Film, Music, and Activism in New Orleans and Chicago" panel discussion at Columbia College Chicago. He organized a panel discussion, as part of the Art + Design Lecture Series (spring 2009).
His published writings include academic essays, poetry, and book reviews. His articles based on pedagogy he has developed while teaching in the English Department have been published in The English Journal, Teachers & Writers Magazine and other publications, and he has given presentations about his pedagogy at conferences in the U.S. and Europe. His poetry and prose have been published in Chase Park, DEMO, After Hours, Versal, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Horse Less Review, Apparatus Magazine, Sentinel Poetry, AIMPrint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, Teaching Artist Journal, Afropop Worldwide, and other print publications and online journals. His poem “Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back” was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize.
He has also developed interdisciplinary arts projects that have been presented at Columbia College and elsewhere. His interactive poetry sculpture Putting Layers of the Onion was displayed in the Columbia College Library during the 2009-2010 academic school year. He works with the Borderbend Arts Collective, a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts by to creating opportunities for artists to explore the aesthetic geography along the borders between art forms.
Office Location: English Department, 5th floor, 33 E. Congress
Office Phone: 312-369-8117
Department of English
Columbia College of Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605