Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy

deadline for submissions: 
November 20, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University Writing Program, University of Florida
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Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy

University of Florida

University Writing Program

Conference Call for Papers

The University of Florida’s Writing Program invites proposals for our annual Conference on Pedagogy, Practice and Philosophy. This year, we would like to examine how public discourse influences writing practice and pedagogy. New writing platforms and media technologies have changed the way we communicate in professional and public contexts. Research, argument, analysis, and multimodal composition occur as part of community literacy practices – from googling an idea or fact-checking the news to participating in a group chat, circulating a meme, or live tweeting an event. Students and instructors participate in public discourse through diverse media literacies, developing writing practices that compose our relationships with individuals, networks, institutions, and events. As communication becomes more mobile and multimodal, writing instruction must adapt a framework that considers writing a collaborative and communal act, both in and outside the classroom. We want to discuss tools and approaches for teaching writing as a public act – as a form of professionalization and action.

Increasingly, writing programs are asked to incorporate professional communication, technical writing, and skills that encourage students to participate in public forums or civic action. Writers balance academic goals with community activism, public engagement and professional development. How can college composition prepare students for professional and public writing? How do writing instructors already engage community-based pedagogies or public discourse with new media technologies and shifts in pedagogical practice, design, and implementation? We seek presentations that address the ever-changing dynamics of composition, while also attending to the challenges and opportunities these changes afford for both students and instructors.

The conference is designed as a practicum that emphasizes collaboration and exchange. Participants are asked to reflect upon the study, practice, and philosophy of teaching writing in the university, and to reconsider current educational trends about learning, engagement, comprehension, and skills-development. In addition, we ask scholars to reflect on writing methods and environments that occur outside of classrooms and to discuss how diverse modes of writing influence classroom learning. The overarching goal of this conference is to create a network for sharing effective, innovative, and creative approaches to composition pedagogy in practice. If you have a theory, lesson, activity, or discussion – please come and share your writing practice and pedagogy with us.

Conference Format

Instead of having panelists read traditional twenty-minute conference papers, we welcome proposals for ten to twelve minute presentations or demonstrations that illustrate pragmatic approaches, strategies, and techniques for teaching writing. Accepted participants will be grouped into themed or conceptual panels, but our goal is to extend the dialog and conversation across the conference sessions. We are also open to proposals for roundtable discussions, which are to model a conversational, collaborative, and audience-centered or participatory format.

Presentation topics may include (but are not limited to):

·      Writing space and environments
·      Professional writing
·      Writing for civic action
·      Public writing
·      Community literacies
·      The use of new media in the writing classroom
·      Online writing instruction
·      Technical communication pedagogy
·      Collaborative learning and peer teaching and assessment
·      Writing in institutions/outside of institutions
·      Writing technologies
·      Making as writing
·      Approaches to the reading-to-writing process
·      Exploring race, class, gender, and/or sexuality in the writing classroom
·      Current-traditional rhetoric, expressivism, and epistemic pedagogy models
·      Prewriting techniques and strategies
·      Writing and politics
·      Writing in and across the disciplines 


To submit a proposal for an individual presentation, please email a 250 word abstract in .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format to Shannon Butts at Be sure to include your contact information, affiliation, and position/title on the abstract. To propose a roundtable, please email a description of the discussion, a rationale of what it seeks to accomplish and why it is significant, and the names, affiliations, and positions/titles of each participant. Proposals must be submitted no later than November 20th. Accepted participants will be notified by December 1st. The Conference will occur on January 27, 2018 at the University of Florida.

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