Proposed panel for CEA, March 31-April 2, 2016; panel deadline Oct. 25, 2015

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Questioning the Calls for Creativity in the Classroom

The CEA 2016 Call for Papers for its annual conference (March 31-April 2, 2016) invites submissions on the broad topic of creation ( . That cfp includes a discussion of creation as an act which can "stimulate creativity or creation in others." As educators of literature or composition, what kinds of messages are we sent about incorporating "creativity" in our classrooms, and what kinds of concerns or frustrations does such championing of creativity in our pedagogy raise?

The creators of a proposed panel, Kimberly Baldus and Paula Reiter, are seeking additional presenters to discuss the misgivings educators have about designing or being encouraged to design creative classroom activities or assignments. The panel is tentatively titled "Questioning the Calls for Creativity in the Classroom."

Please contact either Dr. Kimberly Baldus at or Dr. Paula Reiter at with your questions or ideas. The conference submission deadline is November 1; we'd like to have completed proposals of 200-500 words to us no later than October 25, 2015, but we encourage anyone interested to reach out before then with ideas for the presentation.