Assessing the Effectiveness of First-Year Writing Programs (11/1/2009, CEA 3/25-27/2010)

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Jerry Alexander / College English Association
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March 25-27, 2010
San Antonio, Texas
Sheraton Gunter Hotel
209 East Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205

The CEA invites proposals for papers focused on the assessment of college-level freshman writing programs. Topics might include but are not limited to the use of outside assessors, standardized tests (NSSE, CLA, etc.), or departmental self-assessment. General questions include, "What makes a freshman writing program effective and how can we assess that effectiveness?"

General Conference Theme: Voices
In addition, CEA welcomes proposals for presentations on the general conference theme, Voices.
Voices on opposing sides of the conflict culminating at the Alamo spoke for two distinctly diverse cultures. And within those cultures were voices and texts that influenced the actions during that struggle -- significant cultural markers of time, place, and being.

Before and after the struggle there, writers everywhere have reflected and influenced the events of their day, and from their experience, the great writers have created texts that have become ageless connections to what is past, or passing, or to come.

Their voices also call for us to acknowledge or recognize beauty or to realize or remember significant lessons -- perhaps via a character like Professor Farber from Fahrenheit 451 or a place like a raft on a river in Huckleberry Finn -- with an urgency no less than the Alamo's. This correspondence we find within ourselves is our human condition -- but it is the capacity to listen for and to those whose message or memory is unlike our own that makes us scholars. Our voices blend with those we admire or abhor -- creating a text, which (if it stands the test of taste and time) will blend with still other voices, like those of our students, newly discovering "a peak in Darien"-- all wishing to be heard and remembered.

In the shadow of San Antonio's famous symbol of voices that call for attention and allegiance, College English Association asks you to submit papers on any aspect of the theme of Voices.

General Call for Papers
CEA also welcomes proposals for presentations in any of the areas English departments typically encompass, including literature, creative writing, composition, technical communication, linguistics, and film. We also welcome papers on areas that influence our work as academics, including student demographics, student/instructor accountability and assessment, student advising, academic leadership in departments and programs, and the place of the English department in the university.

Submission: September 1-November 1, 2009
CEA prefers to receive proposals online through our conference management database at Electronic submissions open on September 1 and close on November 1, 2009. Abstracts for proposals should be between 200 and 500 words in length and should include a title. Submitting electronically is a two-step process: 1) setting up a user ID, then 2) using that ID to log in, this time to a welcome page, which provides a link for submitting proposals to the conference. For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at

All presenters at the 2010 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2010. To join CEA, please go to

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Thank you for your interest,

Jerry Alexander
Instructor of English
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, SC 29235