Communicating

Contact
Email
Document name
Document format

Contact

I request students not to phone me. Rather, please contact me by email at this address

Normally I request that written work be submitted in printed form, rather than in electronic form, but in time of pandemic and sequestration I am willing to receive work by email.

I can more easily make notes on the text if the text is double spaced or has at least 1.5 line spacing. When working on the bibliography, please provide a text that is 1.5 spaced and with larger font, such as 13 or 14 point font. This will help me make comments.

I prefer to work with students in person, except when sequestration prevents this in time of pandemic. This means that when I am not in Rome either I am not available. It is important to schedule our work so that we may work together in person when I am in Rome..

Email

If you send your document as an attachment without any text to explain what you have sent, I shall not open the attachment in order to avoid viruses sent by other sources, cloaking as an email from one of my students. 

Because I have several students writing at the same time and I find it confusing to keep everything straight, please identify yourself in each email. 

Tell me:

  • your name, 
  • what you are writing the paper for: course, seminar, tesina, lectio coram, tesi, 
  • give the title of your work so I will remember the general topic.
  • what we have just completed:
    • thank you for reviewing chapter two. I have considered the suggestions you made.
  • what you want me to do:
    • Would you please review the corrections I made to chapter 2?
  • what is your timeline. While it would not be welcome to give a deadline for my review of your work, it would be helpful to let me know where you are in the timeline of your work:
    • This is the end of my first year and I would like to be prepared to give the lectio coram by the end of the semester, if possible. 

Document name

When I used to receive printed copies of documents from students, it was easy for me to keep them organised on my desk, but now that I’m receiving them as an attachment to an email, I’m finding it a bit difficult to keep all the files in order. Please help me keep my files in good order by naming them in the following manner. Here are three examples:

2020 05 01 McCarthy D chapter 2

2020 05 17 McCarthy D chapter 2 revised

2020 05 21 McCarthy D chapter 2 version 3

Explanation: 

  • 1. year space = 2020 
  • 2. month space = 05 
  • 3. date space = 01
  • 4. your surname space = McCarthy
  • 5. Level of writing:
    • E = seminar elaborato
    • L = Licenza
    • LC = Lectio Coram
    • T = Tesina
  • 6. your own description of the contents, such as:
    • proposal
    • chapter 2
    • chapter 2 revised
    • chapter 2 version 3
    • chapter 2 version 4

Each time you send a new document, update to the current date. In this way the latest document will always be on the bottom of the list in your folder on my computer. Also update your description of your document. 

When I send the document back to you, I’ll leave the title of the document the same, but I’ll add to the title “with comments”.

2020 05 01 McCarthy D chapter 2 with comments

2020 05 17 McCarthy D chapter 2 revised with comments

2020 05 21 McCarthy D chapter 2 version 3 with comments

Document format

I receive documents and print them off so that I may read them, and then when I prepare to read the printed document I realise that I do not know who wrote it. Please put your name on every document. One way to do this is to provide a cover page with your name, title of the work, context such as seminar, proposal, license tesina, lectio coram or doctoral tesi.

Please remember to number the pages of your document.