A combined conference with the Michigan Writing Centers Association
Theme: Innovation and Tradition
Featured Luncheon Speaker on Fri. Oct. 21: Poet M. L. Liebler
Location: Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, Building K, Warren, MI48088-3896
Our classrooms, workplaces, country, and world are always changing–change that can rub against longstanding traditions. How are innovation and tradition manifest in what we read, learn, study, and teach? How might pedagogical and technological innovation affect our writing, our classrooms, our lives? How, for example, might innovative technologies challenge cultural traditions, as new modes of communication widen global reach? What other kinds of innovation—curricular, administrative, structural, pedagogical, work-oriented, social—do we support, experience, and make? What are we innovating ourselves, and how and why? In contrast, what traditions do we see as valuable? What is the balance between tradition and innovation—or do we even want balance? How might innovation be used to support traditions?
The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete panels for our Fall 2016 Conference. We welcome proposals from experienced academics, young scholars, and graduate students. We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as work from creative writers.
Graduate Students: Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards. To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed papers must be submitted to the program chairs by September 30, 2016.
Although we encourage papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals from all areas that English and Writing departments encompass: composition and rhetoric; computers and writing; critical pedagogy; critical studies in the teaching of English; cultural studies; developmental education; creative writing; English as a second language; literary studies; multicultural literature; on-line English courses and the virtual university; popular culture; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student placement; study skills; and technical writing.
We invite papers in these areas:
- fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction
- professional expectations/evaluation
- classroom management
- teaching composition, literature, linguistics
- preparing students for the work world
- English departments
- the lives of our students
- curriculum development
- the creative process
- computer-mediated or on-line instruction
- union/administration differences
- race, class, and gender studies
- film studies
Proposals are due by September 30, 2016. Early submissions are welcome. Please send your name, university affiliation, e-mail address, AV requests, time/day preference, and a 250-word abstract to Cheryl Caesar and Curtis VanDonkelaar, Program Chairs, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. To submit a panel proposal, please include the information for all members (4 maximum participants) in the same proposal.