Classroom Matters: Pedagogy in Practice and Philosophy

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University Writing Program’s 2013 Conference
February 1st and 2nd, 2013
Classroom Matters: Pedagogy in Practice and Philosophy

The University of Florida’s University Writing Program invites proposals for its first annual conference, "Classroom Matters: Pedagogy in Practice and Philosophy." Rather than having participants read from 12-page, twenty-minute papers, we welcome proposals for twelve-minute presentations that directly address matters in/of the college writing classroom. The objective is to create the opportunity for panelists to interact other conference participants. We envision the conference as a diffuse, wide-ranging conversation about teaching practices and philosophies, where participants draw on their own pedagogical experiences, reflect on successes and challenges, and connect with other writing instructors through a variety of potential topics.

If there is a theme or focus of the conference, it pertains to how we as writing instructors negotiate the contemporary college composition classroom, from engaging with reluctant student writers to utilizing new media as a teaching tool. Participants will be grouped into panels based on their proposals, but we hope that this emphasis on discussion will allow interplay between the various panels throughout the conference.

Dr. Bruce Ballenger (Boise State University), author of The Curious Writer and The Curious Researcher, is our keynote speaker, and his talk will serve as another catalyst for discussion about the practical and philosophical matters of teaching writing in the American university.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Theming and structuring first-year writing classes
• Using theory/literature/film in the composition class
• Race, class, and “diversity” in the first-year writing classroom
• Status/identity in the classroom
• The transition from undergraduate student to GTA writing instructor
• Constructing a teaching persona
• Employing new/social media and technology in the classroom
• Innovative “outside the classroom” approaches to teaching

Please email a short abstract (200 words, maximum) to Christopher Garland by November 25th, 2012. Please include the name of the conference in the email’s subject line and include your name and university affiliation in the attached abstract. We welcome abstracts from teachers of all levels, and especially encourage graduate students to make submissions.

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