The Work of Community Colleges

deadline for submissions: 
May 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Two-Year College Association-West (TYCA-West)
contact email: 

“The Work of Community Colleges”

TYCA-West 2019

11-12 OctoberTruckee Meadows Community College in Reno, NV


Plenary Speaker: Dan Melzer, Associate Professor, University of California, Davis


In his memoir, Bootstraps, Victor Villanueva shrewdly points out that “The community college is torn between vocational training and preparing the unprepared for traditional university work. And it seems unable to resolve the conflict.” This view of community colleges hasn’t changed much since Villanueva’s book was published in the early 1990s. 

President Obama called on community colleges to train more of the high-tech workers needed for a 21st century economy, and more recently President Trump said, “Call it vocational and technical. People know what that means. They don’t know what a community college means.” In light of this confusion about the goals and mission of community colleges, this conference seeks to complicate the narrow view of community colleges as just a site for vocational training.

Our call is for teacher-scholars to show what work is being done to expand the view of community colleges in areas of innovative classroom theory and practices.  How does our mission of transfer, vocational, and lifelong learning complicate the reductive views of the community college? What innovative work across the curriculum is being done?  What expanding role of multi-modal composition practices are being developed? This conference hopes to highlight the evolving role of the two-year colleges through the work being done on campuses across our region.

            We welcome proposals for panels, individual papers, multi-modal presentations, workshops, and roundtables from all areas of English studies for the 2019 conference.  All proposals should include the following information:

  • Title, speaker(s) and bios, institutional affiliation, email and phone contact for all participants,
  • 100-200 word abstract of presentation,
  • 1-2 participant outcomes,
  • Format (panel, workshop, lecture, paper reading), and
  • Technology needs

Please proposals and any inquiries to  

The submission date for proposals is May 20, 2019. Presenters will be notified by July 20, 2019 and must accept the invitation to present and then register for the conference by August 20, 2019. For more information, see