February 2020 Announcements

The Composition Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for February.

Friday, February 28 Teaching Talk – Dr. Michelle Robinson
On Friday, February 28, Dr. Michelle Robinson (Spellman College) will present as part of this semester’s Race and Rhetoric Series, a Teaching Talk titled, “Teaching African American Rhetorics.” The presentation will be during the common hour, 12:15-1:10 p.m. in Shanks 370/380. Lunch is provided; attendance is expected for all GTAs currently teaching composition or participating in the mentoring program. 

Wednesday, March 4 Teach Around
On Wednesday, March 4, the Composition Program will hold a “teach around” lunch from 12:15-1:10 p.m. in Shanks 370/380. The event is designed to be a semi-formal professional development gathering–a dialogue, in effect–that will invite attendees to share about what is going well in their teaching of ENGL1106 or ENGL1105 this semester, and also to think together about projects, activities, or concerns about issues being experienced by students or teachers in the program. Lunch is provided. The event is open to everyone in the department.

Wednesday, March 18 Graduate Seminar Guest – Dr. John Baugh
As a part of her Race and Rhetoric/ the Rhetorics of Race graduate seminar, Dr. Sheila Carter-Tod is hosting linguist Dr. John Baugh to speak with the class about African American English and linguistic profiling/discrimination on Wednesday, March 18 from 4-7 PM. Dr. Carter-Tod has graciously agreed to open this class session to anyone who would like to attend. The event will include a catered dinner, and so we would like to get a head count for attendees (not including those enrolled in the course). Please fill out this brief 2-question survey if you will be able to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiFzeTfb0jKv6bc_9vh-gQDsCxBqMHP0S5jh3qL4mSUx1-Fg/viewform?usp=sf_link

2020 Corridors Conference: Making Rhetorics
On behalf of the planning team, we are happy to announce the return of Corridors: The Blue Ridge Writing and Rhetoric Conference to Virginia Tech for its second year. The 2020 conference will be held in Shanks Hall on Saturday, September 19, 2020. The theme is “Making Rhetorics.” The call for proposals is posted online at http://corridors.hokieswrite.com/. The proposal system will remain open through May 15, 2020. 

Corridors: Blue Ridge will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020, in Blacksburg, Va. This year’s theme is “Making Rhetorics.”

Note on Behalf of Committee, CAP Composition Search
On behalf of the committee for the CAP Composition search (Jenny Lawrence, Suchitra Samanta, Julie Mengert, Ashley Reed, and Derek Mueller), we wish to thank everyone who took the time to attend a meal or a meeting, to attend the presentations to the department, to provide comments on the surveys, and to welcome so positively the three finalists hosted by the department earlier this month. We recognize how valuable everyone’s time is and we’re especially appreciative for your part in learning about our finalists and helping them learn about us.

CCCC Social Event on March 26
In coordination with the Rhetoric and Writing Program and the Center for Rhetoric in Society, the Composition Program will host a reception for current and prospective 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. Please see the attached invitation for additional details about the venue, Cafe Benelux. 

A CCCC Social. Event card for a reception hosted by the Virginia Tech Composition Program, Center for Rhetoric in Society, and Rhetoric and Writing PhD Program.

Spring 2020 Program Calendar
The Spring 2020 Composition Program calendar is up to date at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/

Teaching Portfolio Awards
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 Assessment for Spring 2020
Pathways assessment continues this semester, 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.

August 2020 Composition Program Workshop and Community Day
The August Workshop 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).