These are just a few of my spinning plates

MASTER'S THESIS

Exploring the Construction of Gender-Specific Humor

I am currently writing a conference paper with Dr. Koji Fuse that could potentially become my thesis about how American sitcoms use certain humor techniques differently based on gender. We are doing a content analysis of different sitcoms and examining what humor techniques are used in each scene by male and female characters. The challenge here is no quantitative research currently exists that intersects humor theory, feminist perspective and sitcoms. So this study could potentially be some novel literature depending on the results. It could also be a total flop, hence why there is no current body of literature about it. Wish us luck!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY CURRICULUM

A project by the Association of Texas Photography Instructors

I currently serve on the board of ATPI and this past summer at our advisers' workshop, we started building a curriculum for high school photography teachers. Boy, what a task it was to collect valuable material for a variety of teaching styles. This is an ongoing process we hope to build on. But I'm grateful for a group like ATPI that serves as a constant resource for chronically unsupported journalism advisers like myself. 

ADVISE AND ADVICE

Yearbook and Newspaper Publications  

I am an incredibly lucky journalism adviser in that most of my staffers are highly motivated, talented and hardworking people who are such fun to have around. This year we have been covering a lot more challenging topics on our Mustang Media site that have normally gone unpublished in the past. I'm so proud of my students who work hard doing the dirty business of journalism day to day without complaint. My yearbook photographers this year are also very intuitive about getting those "decisive" shots in the moment. This job is a hard one. Having great editors and staffers who understand the work it takes to get the job done helps immensely. Can't wait for everyone to see the book when it comes out in May!

 

ALL THE PLACES IN BETWEEN

Writing is my compulsion, not my chore

I'm officially a stereotype in that I've been writing a book for more than two years and have yet to come close to finishing. But for some reason, this doesn't bother me. At least not yet. Right now, the time I have to write is such an oasis away from the boring administrative crap that comes along with teaching and grad school and living life. Writing is my soul's liberation from the literal. And I embrace every opportunity I can to pour into my characters and their story. So don't expect a completed manuscript anytime this year. But it will come one day. Until then, I'm enjoying the journey. (P. S. The headline is my tentative book title. And in case you're curious, the story is a fictional account of how friends cope with the reality of their own mortality. It explores questions of physician-assisted suicide, right-to-die discussions, family and grief. Ironically enough, the characters use humor to tackle very uncomfortable and serious problems. What can I say? I can't help but want to laugh at the absurdity of the world sometimes.  

CURRENT PROJECTS

PRIDE AND JOY AND A LITTLE BIT OF CRAZY
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UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, PHOTOS AND TEXT ORIGINAL WORK OF LEAH E WATERS - LEAHWATERS@MY.UNT.EDU