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Best Practices for Retention (Extended Deadline)

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 10:07pm
Anthony Dotterman/SAMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, June 10, 2018

While university administrators have many ways to assess a program’s or department’s effectiveness, student retention is one of the more controversial measures.  Particularly, retention often seems inherently at odds with our roles as college professors since—fairly or not—issues of retention are conflated with concerns over grade inflation and academic rigor.  Yet, as studies show, universities lose students over the first two years of college for a variety of reasons: financial, the absence of strong academic mentoring and peer relationships, the strains of commuting, as well as family pressures and responsibilities that threaten to derail academic pursuits.

UPDATE: Forging connections in the online literature classroom: SAMLA90 (11/2-4/2018 Birmingham, AL)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 11:33am
Rich Hancuff
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 8, 2018

 One of the greatest challenges in teaching online is developing meaningful student interaction. In evaluations of online classes, students consistently indicate that student/teacher interaction and student/student interaction can be improved. How do we either go beyond the traditional online tools such as the discussion board or extend those online tools to increase the interaction and sense of community in an online course? This roundtable seeks 10 minute presentations that highlight innovative projects to build connections among students, instructor, and content in the dislocated space of the online classroom. Please submit 250 word proposals by June 8, 2018, to Rich Hancuff,

TAMUG Conference on Inclusion & Diversity in Higher Education

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:30am
Department of Liberal Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 25, 2018

“Moving In and With the Gaps:  TAMUG Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education”

Department of Liberal Studies Texas A&M University at Galveston September 12-13, 2018

Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center Galveston, Texas

Academia in the Age of #MeToo

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 4:27pm
Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Special Academy Forum of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

AWP Conference Panel: Topic TBD

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 9:04am
Anna Faktorovich, PhD
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 29, 2018

I would like to put together an Association of Writers and Writing Programs panel. I am unsure about the topic. The first panel I am putting together this year is for the 10th anniversary of my Anaphora Literary Press, a reading for some of the writers. I would like to put together a second panel with folks that I am not affiliated with, so anybody reading this post. The panel can be a reading, or a discussion on the profession, or a discussion on the writing craft. Maybe a panel of independent publishers to discuss the problems we face in this field. Maybe a panel of academics (I previously taught college English for over 4 years) to talk about teaching creative/writing.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 9:15am
Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 1, 2018