Deadline Extended!!--NYCEA 2016 Conference: The Value of the Humanities and Writing in the 21st Century

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
New York College English Association
contact email: 

The 2016 NYCEA conference/Teaching of Writing Festival will be held on October 14-15, 2016 at Suffolk County Community College’s Ammerman Campus in Selden, NY.  This year’s keynote speaker will be famed author, columnist, professor, and NPR personality David Bianculli.  With a career spanning more than 40 years, Bianculli continues to influence and inform television viewers with his insightful reviews and unique critical voice.  The founder and editor of the website TV Worth Watching, he has been named one of “The 25 Best TV Bloggers Right Now” by  His publications include Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Dictionary of Teleliteracy, Teleliteracy, and the forthcoming book The Platinum Age of Television: An Evolutionary History of Quality TV.  He currently teaches in the Department of Radio, Film, and Television at Rowan University.   

The conference theme this year is the value of the humanities and writing in the 21st century.  Paper topics may consider, but certainly are not limited to, any aspect of this theme, including:

  • Innovation and Teaching
  • Workforce Development
  • Digital Humanities
  • Technology
  • Digital Literacy
  • Assessment
  • SUNY (transfer paths, credit mandates, etc.)
  • Composition Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Enrollment Trends
  • Degree Requirements
  • Service Learning
  • Pop Culture
  • Writing Centers
  • The Purpose of a College Education
  • The Job Market
  • Changing Readers/Readership
  • The Academic Needs/Abilities of Incoming Students
  • Common Core
  • The Canon in High School
  • The Canon in College
  • The Benefits of a Community College Education
  • Teaching the Humanities and Writing in High School and College
  • Writing Across the Curriculum
  • Cultural Attitudes and Perceptions
  • The Ph.D. in English in the 21st Century
  • The Presidential Election

Submitting a Proposal:

Please e-mail 200-250-word proposals (for 15-minute papers) as attachments to no later than September 1, 2016 for consideration.  Be sure to include:

  • Your name

  • Your mailing address

  • Your institutional affiliation

  • Your e-mail address

  • The title of your paper/presentation

  • Any audio-visual needs or special accommodations that you might have.

  • Full panel proposals are welcome.  Panel organizers should include the proposal information mentioned above for all panel participants (no more than 4 participants).

  • Roundtable proposals are welcome. Roundtable organizers should include the proposal information mentioned above for all roundtable participants (no more than 4 participants).

  • Workshop proposals are welcome. Workshop organizers should include the proposal information mentioned above for all workshop facilitators (no more than 4 facilitators).


All submissions should receive a response by September 15, 2016.


Guidelines for NYCEA Conference Presenters:

  • All presentations must be kept to 15 minutes, to allow time for discussion.

  • All presenters must be NYCEA members.

  • All presenters are limited to one presentation at the conference.

  • All presenters must present their work in person.

  • All presenters must request A-V needs and/or special accommodations in their conference proposals.

  • While the NYCEA encourages graduate student presentations, it does not accept submissions from undergraduates.

  • NYCEA will not fund travel or accommodation costs.

  • All presentations must be in English.


Graduate Student Paper Prize: $200

All participating graduate students are encouraged to submit their presentations for the Graduate Student Paper Prize.  If you would like to be considered for this award, you should: a) identify yourself as a graduate student on your conference abstract and b) submit your completed paper, if accepted, electronically by September 23, 2016. For more information about the Graduate Student Prize, please contact Dr. Emily Lauer at


For more information about the conference or to register online, please visit