As an administrator, Rabkin has filled many roles at the University of Michigan. He was co-founder and first director (1976-82) of the university-wide Collegiate Institute for Values and Science. As Associate Dean for Long Range Planning for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (1979-83), he helped guide College-wide restructuring during difficult economic times; he developed the College planning system now linking departmental review, academic planning, and hiring; and he established the position of Minority Affairs Officer, of which he was the first occupant. He served as Interim Chair of the Department of Linguistics and, simultaneously, as Interim Director of the English Language Institute (1982-84). As the University's Acting Director of Academic Information Processes (1997-98), he helped lead improvement and innovation in the development and uses of academic information technology both intramurally and extramurally.
Rabkin has over one-hundred-seventy publications, including thirty-two books written, co-written, edited, or co-edited, including Narrative Suspense (1973); The Fantastic in Literature (1976); Science Fiction: History, Science, Vision (with Robert Scholes, 1977); Teaching Writing That Works: A Group Approach to Practical English (with Macklin Smith, 1990); It's A Gas: A Study of Flatulence (with Eugene M. Silverman, 1991); Stories: An Anthology and an Introduction (1995); The Rise and Fall of Twentieth Century Formula Fiction (ed. with Carlo Pagetti, 2001), Mars: A Tour of the Human Imagination (2005); and Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind (audio/video lecture series, 2007).
Rabkin has lectured widely, to both general and academic audiences, on fantasy, science fiction, fairy tales, humor, American literature, literary theory, culture studies, pedagogy, composition, administration, and information technology. He has had lecture tours in the U.S., Europe, and Australia, and, from 1990 through 1996, offered a regular Commentary on language and culture topics on WUOM-FM radio.
Rabkin has served as a consultant to over sixty publishers, journals, and other organizations and is the founder of Write On Target, a corporate communications consulting firm.
Rabkin's awards include a Fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies (1973), research funding from the American Philosophical Society (1991), and the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (2005).
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Courses (current and selected other):
English 313 Literary Studies - Fantasy
English 415/516 Technology and the Humanities
Genre Evolution Project
English 313 Literary Studies - Science Fiction
English 417/549 Graphic Narrative
English 414 Multimedia Explorations in the Humanities
English 240 Introduction to Poetry
1 Mary Shelley and the Emergence of Science Fiction
Jules Verne & Popular Passion for Science
3 HG Wells & SF Parables of Social Criticism
4 Pulp Culture, WW II and the Ascendancy of American SF
5 And the Winner is Robert A. Heinlein
6 Bradbury, LeGuin, & The Expansion of SF
7 Kubrick, Clarke & The Modern SF Film(1)
8 New Wave, Cyberpunk and Our SF World
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