CFP: Special Issue of _Composition Studies_: The Writing Major

Call for Proposals: Special Issue of Composition Studies on The Writing Major

Guest Editors: Linda Adler-Kassner, Heidi Estrem, and Written Communication colleagues at Eastern Michigan University

In response to developments in writing technologies, students’ conceptions of writing and reading, and new scholarship in the field of composition studies, many writing programs and majors have begun to rethink how writing is defined, studied, and enacted. Along with this redefinition have come new approaches and curricula. For a special issue of Composition Studies, we invite proposals that theorize or explore the creation of the new Writing Major, freestanding program, or department.

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12/15/05 proposal deadline: East Central Writing Centers Association Conference

Conference Theme: The Work at Hand: Investigation, Articulation, and Labor in the Center -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- CALL FOR PROPOSALS (CFP): One of the most persistent problems in writing center work is enabling our institutions and campus communities to understand what we do, why we do it, and how we do it—at least enough to trust the work we are doing. As we struggle for this collective understanding, which can extend to our sense of in/exclusion in/from the academic community and our sense of how our work is valued there, we also fight for autonomy and self-determination that other academic entities seldom enjoy. At times, our field can seem at odds with itself in pursuing these seemingly conflicting goals of inclusion and autonomy, and at a loss for articulating in meaningful ways for others how we know what we do is working. Somehow, we know that our work is very different and needs to be so; others have not always understood that.
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Lecturer

Position Announcement
Lecturers, University Writing Program
2005-2006

The UC Davis University Writing Program invites applications for full-time Lecturers able to teach a wide range of writing courses, primarily at the upper-division level. We are especially interested in applicants experienced in teaching writing in the sciences, business and technical writing, legal writing, writing in the health professions, and writing in the academic disciplines. Ph.D. required.

One-year appointments (with possibility of renewal) beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year. Teaching load: 7 courses over 3 quarters. Starting salary: $38,328.00, with benefits. Positions contingent on funding. Interviews at CCCC and on the campus.

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2 MLA Sessions on Scholarly Publishing

Here are two more "can't miss" sessions on electronic journals and digital publishing:

Thursday, 29 December
351. Electronic Journals 2005
8:30–9:45 a.m., Delaware Suite A, Marriott
Program arranged by the Committee on Information Technology

Presiding: Irene Thompson, George Washington Univ.

  1. “Romantic Circles and Romantic Circles Praxis,” Steven E. Jones, Loyola Univ., Chicago; Orrin Nan Chung Wang, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
  2. "The Writing Instructor,” David Blakesley, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette
  3. “Romanticism on the Net,” Bruce Edward Graver, Providence Coll.; Michael Eberle-Sinatra, Univ. of Montreal
  4. "Language Learning and Technology,” David Hiple, Univ. of Hawai‘i, Manoa

Thursday, 29 December
493. Digital Scholarly Publishing: Beyond the Crisis
1:45–3:00 p.m., Maryland Suite C, Marriott
Program arranged by the National Council of Teachers of English

Call for Nominations

November 2005
Call for Nominations for WPA Executive Board

WPA will hold elections for three Executive Board members this spring.

Executive Board members election:

We will be saying goodbye and thank you to Executive Board members Lauren Fitzgerald, Greg Glau, and Raul Sanchez. We therefore invite your nominations for three Executive Board members to replace those rotating off. The Executive Board oversees the WPA, its events, and its activities; creates policies and procedures for its management; and engages in special projects and initiatives. The new board members will serve for three years, with terms beginning in July of 2006.

Call for Nominations to WPA Executive Board

November 2005
Call for Nominations for WPA Executive Board

WPA will hold elections for three Executive Board members this spring.

Executive Board members election:

We will be saying goodbye and thank you to Executive Board members Lauren Fitzgerald, Greg Glau, and Raul Sanchez. We therefore invite your nominations for three Executive Board members to replace those rotating off. The Executive Board oversees the WPA, its events, and its activities; creates policies and procedures for its management; and engages in special projects and initiatives. The new board members will serve for three years, with terms beginning in July of 2006.

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CFP for collection "Teaching Writing in a Globalized World": due Jan. 15, 2006

CFP: The editors of a new collection, "Teaching Writing in a Globalized World: Remapping Composition Studies," are seeking proposals for original articles that explore the implications of globalization on the teaching of writing.

Globalization is, of course, a contested term: it has been cast by some as the positive spread of Western capitalism coupled with a US version of democracy, by others as a destructive stage of late capitalism replete with exploitations of non-industrialized countries' peoples and resources.

Globalization is also often regarded as a process of homogenization of cultures and identities vis-à-vis mass productions and consumptions of goods worldwide, as the construction of a "global village" thanks to new information technologies and new forms of mobility, and as a process of postmodern hybridization and the breaking down of former nation-state epistemologies. Despite such variance, however, one thing about globalization is undeniable: we are all saturated in it, and we must acknowledge and adapt to it in our pedagogical practices. We therefore encourage authors to develop working definitions of globalization (or facets thereof) as they explore potential and actual ways in which the teaching of writing either should be or is being refigured in response.

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Assis/Assoc Prof., Comp. emphasis, Morningside College

Morningside College
English, Sioux City, Iowa, 51106
Assistant/Associate Professor of English
A ten-month, tenure-track position beginning in August, 2006, for a Ph.D. with a strong and varied record of graduate courses in composition and rhetoric and with a passion for writing pedagogy. Primary responsibilities include teaching two courses each academic year in our first-year composition program and working with faculty from across the curriculum to develop their abilities to teach writing. There will also be upper-level teaching opportunities in the candidate’s area of specialization or in a strong secondary field. Preparation and enthusiasm for teaching public speaking is a plus. This position involves the potential for directing the freshman program and/or the writing across the curriculum program. Leadership experience in these or other areas is highly desirable. We want someone who can work collaboratively with faculty from all disciplines and who is eager to pursue the opportunities a small, dynamic, college offers. Standard teaching load is twenty hours per academic year (five four-hour courses).

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