Heather Lang and I are reaching out to writing studies faculty at liberal arts colleges to form a possible roundtable for the Association of Rhetoric and Writing Studies 2018 Annual Conference. The goal of this roundtable is to better represent the status of rhetoric and writing at the undergraduate level (beyond the first year) at liberal arts colleges.
Below you will find a draft of our proposal. We are asking for interested participants to send in 50-word summaries of your contributions by June 8th. That will give us a week to collaborate with participants and finalize the proposal before the June 15th deadline.
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.
Impact: the Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, is currently soliciting pieces for a special issue on community-based learning and service learning, slated to appear in the summer of 2019. Submissions across all academic disciplines are welcome on topics related to community-based learning and service learning. For example, what does a successful community-based learning assignment in your discipline look like? What are the different ways to assess students’ learning experiences in community-based learning assignments? How can we build effective partnerships with community organizations?
The Villanova Center for Liberal Education (VCLE) at Villanova University is sponsoring a one-day conference on W. E. B. DuBois and Liberal Education. We have chosen to celebrate the work of W. E. B. DuBois because he is the exemplary interdisciplinary, engaged scholar, not merely a practitioner of the liberal arts but also an ardent defender of them. His writings encompassed and bridged philosophy, sociology, literature, political science, history, music, economics, Africana Studies, and cultural studies. He was also a journalist, editor, organizer, and political activist. 2018 is the 150th anniversary of his birth.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter is one of the most successful series of all time, and since its publication, has inspired scholars to analyze its engagement with gender, its relationship to mythology and fairy tales, and its literary and historical influences. Scholars have examined the impact that the books have had on popular culture, children’s literacy, and children’s literature. Collections have considered the series as a way of exploring politics, philosophy, religion, ethics, and psychology, among other fields. Yet, lost in all this scholarship has been a serious engagement with the way the series portrays education.
Send all submissions to John Pruitt, editor of Wisconsin English Journal, at email@example.com. Deadline September 1, 2018
This call is open to classroom teachers, teacher educators, and administrators throughout the United States.