September 2019 Announcements

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Composition Program Teaching Talk
Materials from the Composition Program Teaching Talk on Wednesday, Sept. 11, which consisted of a Pathways Assessment refresher and a discussion of Multilingual Writing and ELL Students, are available in the document gallery online: The CCCC Statement on Second Language Writers and Writing is available at

Title IX Presentation and Q&A | 18 Sept, 12:15-1:10 p.m. in Shanks 370/380
During the common hour this Wednesday, September 18, Katie Polidoro, Title IX Coordinator, will present to the department about the work of her office, offering an overview of important Title IX procedures and also allowing ample time for Q&A. This event is open to the entire department. We encourage everyone to arrive as early as possible, as we anticipate the session being near or at capacity for seating in Shanks 370/380.

Corridors Conference
Join us this Saturday, September 21, in Shanks Hall for Corridors: The Blue Ridge Writing and Rhetoric Conference–a free one-day conference on rhetoric, writing, composition, pedagogy, and technology. The program is online at We hope everyone in the department will consider attending, supporting your colleagues, and helping us make this event a success. 

Spring 2020 Mentoring Program
The Composition Program will be rebeginning a mentoring program in Spring 2020 designed to apprentice first-year GTAs to the classroom, to effective writing pedagogy, and to the current Virginia Tech composition curriculum. Julie Mengert has circulated a call for applications of interest. Materials mentioned in that call are due no later than this Friday, September 20. Please refer to Julie’s 9 Sept. email for the specific details about these position(s). 

CWPA Consultant-Evaluator Visit, September 30-October 1
Drs. Staci Perryman-Clark and Susan Miller-Cochran will be on campus Mon.-Tue., Sept. 30-Oct. 1 as part of a consultant-evaluator visit in association with the Council of Writing Program Administrators ( The visit is the culmination of a year-long effort led by the PTW subcommittee that included a self-study. RW, PTW, and Composition program directors will soon be sending invitations to talk with the C-E visitors. If you have any questions about the visit, please contact Derek Mueller at

Teaching Portfolio Awards
In the year ahead, we are inviting submissions for the Composition Teaching Portfolio Award–an award designed to encourage the development and collection of exemplary teaching materials. The full description of the award is available online at Teaching portfolios must be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020

Pathways Assessment Required for All Sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106
All sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 must report Pathways assessment ratings this semester. Instructions specific to the Composition Program are available for you to review at Pathways data can be submitted when you complete the evaluation of the major project anchoring each course (rhetorical analysis in ENGL1105 and sustained research project in ENGL1106); you don’t have to wait until final grades are due (though you can, of course). Data are due no later than Friday, December 20, 2019

Composition Program Fall 2019 Schedule
The Composition Program Fall 2019 Schedule is available online at , and it lists guest presenters, teaching talks, Composition Committee meetings, and other events related to the program. Teaching Talks are open to everyone in the department; Steve Oakey will communicate reminders to all whose attendance is expected as a part of their GTA appointment.