Thursday, December 22, 2011

Call for Papers: College English Association of Ohio Spring Conference

I'm an at-large board member this year, and wanted to share this call for papers. Should be an engaging conference in a lovely corner of our lovely state.

2012 College English Association of Ohio Spring Conference
Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, May 4, 2012

Changing Landscapes: New Directions in Literature, Writing, and Rhetoric

Keynote Speaker:  Susan Oldrieve, Professor of English, Baldwin-Wallace College

There is always a danger of exaggerating the extent to which practices have changed in our profession.  Yet there can be little doubt that we are experiencing some dramatic new directions in English studies.  The explosion of technological venues and tools for pedagogy and scholarship; the pressures of a tight academic job market; new directives from college administrators to produce more with fewer resources; and the growth of community college, for-profit institutions, and large public universities are just a few indications of a changing landscape.  Please join us as we discuss how to advance our profession while also addressing these opportunities and challenges.
Possible topics might include:
·         Changing pedagogical practices in literature, composition, creative writing, and linguistics courses;
·         New ways of reading, writing, and teaching different genres, such as novels, short stories, poems, non-fiction, and online texts (blogs, wikis, etc);
·         Visions of the future for universities, colleges, and community colleges;
·         New landscapes of and for college teaching;
·         New methods implemented by literature, composition, creative writing, professional writing/journalism, and linguistics departments/programs to handle issues related to staffing and scheduling, course curriculum, textbook costs, training of new faculty, assessment, and budgetary issues;
·         Innovative practices for engaging students in the community, the university/college, and the classroom through civic engagement, service learning, and other outreach opportunities;
·         New professional development opportunities;
·         Approaches to addressing the national movement towards Common Core Standards and other changes advocated by state governments.

CEAO welcomes proposals for individual 15-20 minute sessions or 60 minute panel sessions from full-time faculty, graduate students, adjunct and part-time instructors, as well as individuals living/working both inside and outside Ohio.

Send proposals of 300 words or fewer by Friday, March 16, 2012 to: All proposals submitted by the deadline will be considered.  In addition, include your name, academic rank, university affiliation, and a short 100-150 word biography in the email message.  Please indicate if you will need technology for your presentation.
Please visit for additional information.  Presenters must be registered for the conference by the deadline.   

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