Survival, Friday, October 26, 2012

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Michigan College English Association
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Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday, October 26, 2012
Theme: Survival
Luncheon Speaker: Patricia Clark, Poet-in-Residence at GVSU

Location: Eberhard Center of Grand Valley State University
301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids MI 49504

Survival is a primary concern for many of us, not just economically or physically but in our relationships, at our work places, and in our political causes. Literature is full of desperate struggles for survival, sometimes with successful results, sometimes not. To survive, our students strive to pass classes, meet deadlines, fund their education, and make good career choices. As teachers, we worry about the elimination of programs, our health benefits, and even our jobs. What efforts to survive do we/others recognize and how are these efforts seen in all areas of English studies?

fiction, poetry, drama, non-fiction prose professional expectations/evaluation
classroom management teaching composition, literature, linguistics, gender studies the creative process
preparing students for the work world English departments
research the lives of our students
curriculum development computer or on-line instruction union/administration differences

The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete or open panels for our Fall 2012 conference. We welcome proposals from experienced academics as well as from young scholars and graduate students. We encourage a variety of papers including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from creative writers. Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards. To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed paper must be submitted to Joyce Meier by October 1, 2012.

Although we are calling for papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals in the variety of areas that English and Writing departments encompass: composition and rhetoric; computers and writing; creative writing; critical pedagogy; critical studies in the teaching of English; cultural studies; film studies; developmental education; English as a second language; linguistics; literary studies; multicultural literature; on-line English courses and the virtual university; popular culture; race, class, and gender studies; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student placement; study skills; technical writing.
Proposals are due by Friday, October 5, 2012. Early submissions are welcome. Submit proposals to Joyce Meier, Program Chair, via email at Please specify your needs for audio-visual equipment and the best time of day for your presentation.