“Engagement and the Post-Pandemic Academy”

deadline for submissions: 
February 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
New Jersey College English Association
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Call for Papers

NJCEA Annual Conference

March 18, 2023

Seton Hall University


“Engagement and the Post-Pandemic Academy”


Keynote Speaker: Deborah Mutnick, Professor of English, Long Island City University


“The Post-Pandemic University: Where Do We Go from Here?”

Deborah Mutnick is professor of English at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus. She is author of Writing in an Alien World: Basic Writing and the Struggle for Equality in Higher Education (Boyton/Cook 1996) and coeditor of Writing Democracy: The Political Turn in and Beyone the Trump Era (Routledge 2019) and The City Is an Ecosystem: Sustainable Education, Policy, and Practice (Routledge 2022). Her work has appeared in journals, including College English, College Composition and CommunicationRhetoric Review, and Community Literacy Journal, as well as several edited volumes. Currently, she is completing a book about the enduring relevance of Richard Wright’s life and work to 21st century America and the wider world that became his second home.

Academics are facing a variety of challenges today, especially when it comes to engaging with students and with the broader community. These challenges have been exacerbated by the notion that we are now in a post-pandemic world, even though the future is even more uncertain now than it has ever been. On the bright side, the pandemic facilitated new spaces for and types of engagement.


For the 2023 annual NJCEA conference, we ask you to consider ideas related to engagement of various kinds and in various settings/modalities, both in and beyond the classroom. This can also include considerations of the challenges to engagement, strategies for engagement, and even the costs of engagement.  


The following topics should be considered a starting point, not an inclusive list:

  • Connecting the classroom and the community
  • Public writing in the classroom
  • Literature in/about the public sphere
  • Literature as community/social commentary
  • Community/academy partnerships
  • Creating multiple spaces for engagement
  • Digital humanities in the classroom/the public sphere
  • The challenges to and of engagement
  • Engagement in a pandemic/post-pandemic world

Both single papers and fully formed panels may be submitted for consideration.

Submissions for single papers should include a 300-word abstract and brief bio.

Submissions for complete panels should include a 300-word overview and the names and affiliations of all participants.


In order to guarantee as broad involvement in the conference as possible, participants may only present in one session and chair one session.


Proposals should be submitted to Mary Balkun at mary.balkun@shu.edu by February 15, 2023.