April 4, 2014: UConn Ninth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing (proposals due Feb 3)

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University of Connecticut Freshman English Program
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For many students entering college, writing courses present the daunting task of finding an academic voice in a newly-changed context. Part of our role as instructors is to facilitate this process by encouraging our students to claim their own authority and use it to challenge existing paradigms. This year’s conference asks participants to consider what it means to have “authority” in writing and what “silence” might mean in the context of the writing classroom. Who inhabits these spaces? What role does listening play in our classrooms? How can instructors help students navigate silence, listening, speaking, and writing? How can a writing program help make voices of students and teachers more audible?

The University of Connecticut’s Freshman English Program is calling for presentation, panel, and roundtable proposals from instructors of writing (in all disciplines and programs) for our Ninth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing.

We also invite proposals on related topics, such as:
Learning from Student Writing
Student Writing in the Classroom
Instructor Writing in the Classroom
Writing as Inquiry
ESL/ELL/L2 Writing
Global Englishes
Individual & Small Group Conferences
Otherness & Diversity
Producing New Knowledge
Service Learning & Writing
Writing and Music
Classroom Discussion
Composition and Improvisation
Program Administration
Social Justice
Writing Across Languages
Writing Centers
Contingent Labor
Essaying after the Writing Course
Teacher Training
Writing Outside the Classroom

Friday, April 4, 2014 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs

Keynote Speaker: Cheryl Glenn, Pennsylvania State University (author of Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence)

Proposals should be approximately 250-300 words and should include
1) names of all presenters
2) current email address(es) for all presenters
3) academic institution(s) and program(s) in which presenter(s) study/teach/work
4) title of the proposal
5) description of presentation, panel, or roundtable
6) indication of format and running time (full panels and roundtables are either 60 or 75 minutes; individual presentations should run 15 minutes)

You may submit proposals for more than one presentation; however, you may only present once. Emailed submissions will only be accepted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachments; please indicate that your email contains a conference proposal by writing “Conference Proposal” in the subject line of the email.

Eligibility: All teachers of writing, regardless of discipline, status (adjunct/graduate student/staff/faculty), institution, campus or level of teaching experience may submit proposals. Undergraduate and graduate students in any writing course are also encouraged to submit proposals. The Freshman English Program also supports collaborative presentations, panels and/or roundtable discussions between/among any eligible presenters.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, February 3, 2014
E-mail submissions to: teachingwriting2014@gmail.com

Registration Details
• Form available at http://fe.uconn.edu/instructors/conference/
• $25 registration fee if check (payable to University of Connecticut) postmarked by 3/28
• $30 on-site registration fee
• Free registration for all students (including graduate students)

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