January 2020 Announcements

The Composition Program shares the following announcements as lead-up to Spring 2020.

Syllabus and Office Hours Collection – Due by Tuesday, January 28, 2020
If you are teaching one or more sections of ENGL1105 or ENGL1106 this spring, submit your completed syllabus and office hours to composition@vt.edu no later than the end of the day on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

As a reminder, exercise due care to ensure ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 syllabi include the following required components.

  • Full and accurate course titles
    • ENGL1105: First-year Writing: Introduction to College Composition
    • ENGL1106: First-year Writing: Writing from Research
  • Complete and accurate course description from university catalog
  • Instructor’s name and contact information
  • Office hours and office location for current semester
  • Current outcomes for the program and course
  • Current program textbook (Understanding Rhetoric, VT custom)
  • Any additional sections required by the university (e.g., Honor Code, Services for Students with Disabilities, etc.)

By early February, the program leadership team will complete syllabus review using the same process applied in Fall 2019. Curriculum maps and syllabus templates are available for your reference at http://www.hokieswrite.com/ under Teaching Materials.

Spring 2020 Program Calendar
The Spring 2020 Composition Program calendar is up to date at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/. Note that additional details will be forthcoming about the visits by Michelle Bachelor Robinson, John Baugh, Angela Haas, Kelli Cargile Cook, and Octavio Pimentel.

Spring 2020 Understanding Rhetoric  VT Custom Edition (Book Ordering and Pricing)
Textbook orders have been placed for all sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 for Spring 2020. The sticker price will remain $68.00 for 2019-2020.

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 https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cqRGBmoLssjtMBZw_qliCKHRVQHMvPPbilp3Urc9DNg/edit?usp=sharing. Teaching portfolios must be submitted by Friday, March 13, 2020.

Pathways Update
We have collected and submitted Pathways assessment data from all 178 sections of first-year writing in Fall 2019. Pathways assessment continues in the semester ahead, following the process outlined online at http://www.hokieswrite.com/pathways/. Pathways data is due no later than May 16, 2020, for Spring 2020 sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106.

Communication About Absences
At times it may be necessary to cancel a class due to illness or other sudden and unforeseeable circumstances. If you have cause to cancel class(es), please remember the department (and program) expectation is that you seek coverage for your class(es). Appropriate alternative arrangements are crucial for making sure the course proceeds as planned and that students don’t experience significant departures from the course schedule. If you cannot find a colleague to cover the class session, it is tremendously important for you to communicate your absence by email to me (GTAs email dmueller@vt.edu) or to Kelly Pender (Instructors email pender@vt.edu) within 48 hours of the cancellation or absence.

CCCC Event on March 26
In coordination with the Rhetoric and Writing Program, the Composition Program is happy to announce a Virginia Tech meet-up event for current graduate students, alumni, and instructional staff who will be in Milwaukee for this year’s Conference on College Composition and Communication. The event will be Thursday, March 26, from 5-8 p.m. We will circulate a more formal invitation by mid-February.

August 2020 Composition Program Workshop and Community Day
The August Workshop in for 2020-2021 will be held August 10-14, 2020. The program’s Community Day will be on Thursday, August 13, 2020. This all-day event will feature a yet-to-be-determined presenter who will also lead a pedagogical workshop followed by a social event at day’s end. We are sharing the date at this time simply to allow for everyone to plan ahead. Attendance at the workshop is expected of all GTAs who will be teaching composition at Virginia Tech for the first time. Attendance at the Community Day event is expected of all GTAs and encouraged for everyone else. A more detailed schedule for the day will circulate in the weeks leading up to Community Day, but please put it on your calendar (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Shanks 370/380; lunch provided).