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CFP Special Issue of Literacy in Composition Studies

CFP Special Issue of Literacy in Composition Studies: Against Autonomous Literacies: Extending the Work of Brian V. Street

Proposals due: June 1, 2019

Email proposals to this special issue's guest editors Jordan Hayes, Antonio Byrd, and Nicole Turnipseed at streetlics@gmail.com.

American University hiring writing instructors

Position Announcement:
Instructor or Professorial Lecturer in the Writing Studies Program
Department of Literature
American University

The Department of Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences at American University invites applications for term faculty positions for Academic Year 2019-2020.  Rank will be dependent on experience and degree. 

Two appointments are 9-month term positions starting in fall semester (August 26, 2019).  The positions will require the faculty members to teach three 15-work undergraduate writing courses in each of the fall and spring semesters.

One appointment is a 12-month term position starting May 20, 2019.  This position will require the faculty member to teach two 12-week undergraduate courses in the summer and three 15-week undergraduate writing courses in each of the fall and spring semesters.

 Most of these courses will be restricted to international second-language writers.  These classes are capped at 15 students.  All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in department and university activities and service.

Applicants should hold a graduate degree in English or Rhetoric and Composition, TESOL, linguistics, or related field, with degrees and coursework in second-language writing preferred. Additionally, applicants should have experience teaching academic writing to international students at the university level.

Salary is competitive.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled, subject to ongoing budgetary approval. Please submit applications via: http://apply.interfolio.com/62270  for 9 month positions;  http://apply.interfolio.com/62266 for 12 month position.  Include a teaching statement that addresses pedagogical philosophy and examples of relevant practice, as well as evidence of support for diverse student populations; curriculum vitae; two letters of recommendation; and a syllabus from a recent writing class.  We especially encourage applicants from underrepresented groups. Please contact Michael Burgtorf, Senior Administrative Assistant, 202-885-2908 or burgtorf@american.edu if you have any questions. 

CFP: AAAL 2020

AAAL, Denver, CO, USA, March 28-31, 2020
Website: https://www.aaal.org/news/2020-call-for-proposals
Proposal deadline: July 17, 2019

CFP: CCCC 2020

2020 CCCC Annual Convention, Milwaukee, WI USA, March 25-28, 2020
Website: https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/call-2020
Proposal deadline: May 6, 2019

SLW at CCCC 2020

The SLW Standing Group will sponsor a workshop at CCCC 2020 (Mar 25-28 in Milwaukee, WI). They are inviting roundtable proposals that address specific strategies and practices to promote anti-racist, multilingual- or translingual-oriented pedagogies as commonplaces in our work as teachers, researchers, and administrators (see CFP here). Particularly, they would like to focus on how these perspectives can be promoted and sustained while challenging “best practices” established upon monolingual, monocultural educational legacies. Drawing on a number of great ideas generated during this year’s business meeting, they invite proposals that discuss enactments of such efforts not only in our classroom but in contexts such as professional development workshops, teacher/tutor training, campus-wide events, community engagement projects, and cross-campus collaboration. In your preparation, you are welcome to, but certainly not limited to, explore the following questions:

  • What beliefs/ideas about language, race, and writing do our students, faculty, administrators, and community members consider as “commonplaces?” How could we begin conversations to revisit and revalue these commonplaces?
  • How can we discuss linguistic racism and promote language plurality in dominant monolingual and/or white institutional spaces?
  • How could we redesign our classroom practices (e.g., responding to and assessing multilingual student writing, peer review, revision and editing workshops) from the anti-racist and translingual perspectives?
  • How could we support writing faculty across the disciplines to enact anti-racist and translingual pedagogies?

If you would like to be considered, please email your proposal to Eunjeong Lee (eunjeong.lee@qc.cuny.edu) by midnight, April 21. Your proposal should clearly state the focus, significance, and specific and concrete "takeaways" of your roundtable session. For proposal submission, please see the tentative timeline below:

  • Sunday, April 21: Proposals due to the SLW SG by midnight (no more than 300 words; email to eunjeong.lee@qc.cuny.edu)
  • Sunday, April 28: Notifications about decisions regarding proposals sent individually.
  • SLW SG officers will work with workshop leaders to finalize the proposal.
  • Monday, May 6: CCCC proposal deadline (11:59pm, EST).