Voice and Empowerment -- October 24-25, 2014

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Michigan College English Association
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Call for Papers: MCEA Conference, Friday October 24, 2014, and Saturday October 25, 2014

Theme: Voice and Empowerment

Saturday Luncheon Speaker: Fiction Writer Bonnie Jo Campbell

Location: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI

As faculty members, we try to empower our students and to encourage them to develop their own voices. We also want our students to hear the different voices of others in their classrooms and cities and in literature. Working in a culture that often has an anti-intellectual bias, how can we find our own voices and empower ourselves? We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about the topics below.

fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction professional expectations/evaluation
classroom management teaching composition, literature, linguistics
preparing students for the work world English departments and our society
research the lives of our students
curriculum development the creative process
computer or on-line instruction union/administration differences
race, class, and gender studies film studies

The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete or open panels for our Fall 2014 conference. We welcome proposals from experienced academics as well as from young scholars and graduate students. We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from creative writers. Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards. To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed papers must be submitted to Janet Heller by October 5, 2014.

Although we are calling for papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals in the variety of areas that English and Writing departments encompass: composition and rhetoric; computers and writing; critical pedagogy; critical studies in the teaching of English; cultural studies; developmental education; English as a second language; literary studies; multicultural literature; on-line English courses and the virtual university; popular culture; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student placement; study skills; and technical writing.
Proposals are due by October 18, 2014. Early submissions are welcome. Please submit specific proposals to Janet Heller, Program Chair, via email at janetheller@charter.net Please specify your needs for audio-visual equipment and the best time of day for your presentation.