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Empowering the New Professorate: Pathways to Publication among Contingent Faculty

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 9:28am
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, September 30, 2018

The economic realities facing today’s undergraduate population have led to a proliferation of enrollments into PhD programs. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of these neophyte graduate students are waiting for jobs that are either no longer available or never existed in the first place. Concurrently, for right or wrong, in US colleges and universities at all levels, adjunct and contingent faculty members are no longer in the minority. These part-time and non-tenure track (NTT) instructors outnumber their tenured and tenure-track counterparts at many two-year and four-year institutions.

Teaching Writing at Specialized Institutions, NEMLA 2019

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:50am
NEMLA 2019 / March 21-24, 2019, Washington, DC
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, September 10, 2018

This roundtable will provide a forum for discussants to describe, analyze, and critique their experiences of teaching writing at specialized institutions. “Specialized institutions” will be interpreted broadly as an institution of higher education that is neither a traditional liberal arts college nor a regional, public university, but instead one that offers a narrower focus through its curriculum. For instance, federal service academies (i.e., West Point or Annapolis), technical colleges (i.e., Georgia Tech, MIT, or Cal Poly), or professional schools (i.e., Bentley University or FIT).

The Postgraduate Seminar Essay in Literary Studies: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 2:16pm
Rowman and Littlefield
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, July 5, 2018

The publisher Rowman & Littlefield has invited me to prepare a proposal for an edited collection tentatively titled The Postgraduate Seminar Essay in Literary Studies: A Guide for Writers and Readers. Although many books exist for undergraduate students on writing and research as well as for postgraduate students working on PhD dissertations, the seminar essay is a peculiarly understudied genre. This volume aims to serve as a resource for both students working on seminar papers and for academic staff who regularly teach postgraduates. The first half of the book will consist of essays providing guidance to postgraduate students working on seminar papers.

Double Helix, Volume 6

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:58am
Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing
 invites submissions for Volume 6.

For more information, please visit the journal’s website,, or its listing at the WAC Clearinghouse at Colorado State University:

(Un)Earthing: Roots, Relations, and Revelations

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 9:35am
New Voices Graduate Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, October 5, 2018

(Un)Earthing: Roots, Relations, and Revelations

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.

—Seamus Heaney,“Digging”

As a discipline, the humanities seeks to uncover and explore various cultures, histories, experiences, and truths. The 2019 New Voices Graduate Conference invites submissions that consider concepts of unearthing.

UPCOMING DEADLINE - Hashtag Activism: Case Studies of Digital Protests & Online Social Movements

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 10:19pm
Melissa Ames, Eastern Illinois University & Kristi McDuffie, University of Illinois
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

From #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeAKnee to #WhyIStayed and #MeToo, hashtag activism campaigns have continued to proliferate in recent years. Whether connected to specific in-person protests (#MarchForOurLives; #MarchForScience; #WomensMarch), consumer boycotts (#DeleteUber; #NotBuyingIt), social commentary (#OscarsSoWhite), fundraising (#IceBucketChallenge), humanitarian efforts (#BringBackOurGirls), or social justice campaigns (#OwnVoices), Twitter has become a vital tool for activism and social commentary. Unsurprisingly, academic studies of hashtag activism campaigns have likewise been on the rise as scholars grapple with the benefits and consequences of digital activism.

Literacies across Multimodalities

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:22am
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, June 18, 2018


Popular Culture and Film

Escape and Refuge

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 9:30am
Ed Demerly / Michigan College English Association
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, October 1, 2018

Call for Papers:  Michigan College English Association Conference on Friday, October 12, 2018


Themes:  Escape and Refuge


Luncheon Speaker:  Ruelaine Stokes, poet & tutor at Lansing Refugee Center


Location:  Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing 48917