Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy

deadline for submissions: 
November 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
University of Florida University Writing Program
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The University of Florida’s Writing Program invites proposals for our annual Conference on Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy. Writing occurs beyond the classroom or institutional formats, yet ‘schooling’ still defines much of how we write. Students and instructors participate in public discourse through diverse media literacies, developing writing practices that compose our relationships with individuals, education, institutions, and events. Yet, institutionalized learning often prioritizes specific formats and page-based pedagogy. With the proliferation of new media technologies and shifts in pedagogical practice, design, and implementation, we seek presentations from graduate students that address the ever-changing dynamics of composition, while also attending to the challenges and opportunities these changes afford for both students and instructors. 

The conference is designed as a practicum that emphasizes collaboration and exchange. Graduate students are asked to reflect upon the study, practice, and philosophy of teaching writing in the university, and to reconsider current educational trends about learning, engagement, comprehension, and skills-development. In addition, we ask participants to consider writing methods and environments that occur outside of classrooms and to discuss how diverse methods of writing influence classroom learning. The overarching goal of this conference is to create a network for sharing effective, innovative, and creative approaches to composition pedagogy in practice. While the conference is graduate student focused, faculty members are also encouraged to participate.

Conference Format

Instead of having panelists read traditional twenty minute conference papers, we welcome proposals for ten to twelve minute presentations or demonstrations that illustrate pragmatic approaches, strategies, and techniques for teaching writing. Accepted participants will be grouped into themed or conceptual panels, but our goal is to extend the dialog and conversation across the conference sessions. We are also open to proposals for roundtable discussions, which model a conversational, collaborative, and audience-centered or participatory format.

Presentation topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Writing space and environments
  • Professional writing
  • The use of social media in the writing classroom
  • Online writing instruction
  • Technical communication pedagogy
  • Collaborative learning and peer teaching and assessment
  • Writing in institutions/outside of institutions
  • Writing technologies
  • Writing publics
  • Approaches to the reading-to-writing process
  • Exploring race, class, gender, and/or sexuality in the writing classroom
  • Current-traditional rhetoric, expressivism, and epistemic pedagogy models
  • Prewriting techniques and strategies
  • Writing in and across the disciplines

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard E. Miller is currently a Professor of English at Rutgers University who works in writing, narrative, digital literacy, and multimedia composing. Dr. Miller’s most recent book, Habits of the Creative Mind (2015), co-authored with Ann Jurecic, works with the idea that writing is a technology that helps promote critical thinking. Pushing back against metrics-driven education, Miller encourages writing practice as a reflective ‘habit’ that cultivates creative and curious minds. Miller is also the author of Writing at the End of the World (2005) and As if Learning Mattered: Reforming Higher Education (1998). His projects each engage humanities and the literate arts to ask questions about teaching, institutional learning, public pedagogy, and meaningful writing practices.

Submissions

To submit a proposal for an individual presentation, please email a 250 word abstract in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format to Shannon Butts at shannon.butts@ufl.edu. Be sure to include your contact information, affiliation, and position/title on the abstract. To propose a roundtable, please email a description of the discussion, a rationale of what it seeks to accomplish, and the names, affiliations, and positions/titles of each participant. Proposals must be submitted no later than November 15th. Accepted participants will be notified by December 1st. The Conference will occur on January 28, 2017 at the University of Florida. For further information about UF’s Writing Program, visit: https://writing.ufl.edu/