The Composition Program has the following announcements, upcoming events, and updates to share for April.
Modified Approaches to Teaching ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 – Spring 2020 Semester
Out of continuing regard for the Coronavirus global health crisis and in response to directives from the university, the Composition Program is carrying out fully online instruction through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. We have only needed to make a few updates to the guiding document online at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Q43LDjw7oTJNNqABs6l2zMb4Xerqk2MrdUxXXsRSAY0/edit?usp=sharing. The document urges everyone to prioritize self-care, flexibility, and supportiveness.
Planning for Fall 2020
We’re continuing to monitor developments concerning the mode of instruction for Fall 2020. President Tim Sands, in a town hall event last Thursday, indicated a decision would be made by early-mid June about the resumption of activities in Blacksburg for the fall semester. As soon as the Spring 2020 semester concludes, the Composition Program leadership team will begin preparing online course materials for ENGL1105 and ENGL1106, and we will be in contact with everyone teaching composition in the fall about the course format as soon as we have clarity from university leadership on this issue. In the meantime, please do not feel any need to begin your own preparations for online instruction in fall. [N.b. The title on this subsection first circulated with the wrong year. Apologies for the mix-up. -DM]
Leadership Team Available to Support You and Your Students
As the semester’s end approaches, if you would like to discuss anything related to your teaching (e.g., grading, missing or unfinished projects, difficulties communicating with students; also brilliance, resilience, or wonderful successes), please consider contacting Derek Mueller, Julie Mengert, or Steve Oakey.
2020 Corridors Conference: Making Rhetorics
As we continue planning and preparations for the Fall 2020 Corridors Conference, the conference website has been updated to reflect this event continuing with the possible contingency plan of holding it online. Whether it is held in-person or online will depend entirely on the distancing advisories in place at that time. The 2020 conference will be held 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.
Pathways Assessment for Spring 2020
Provost Cyril Clark announced earlier this month that Pathways assessment data is not going to be collected for Spring 2020. We will circulate announcements about the resumption of Pathways data collection when that effort resumes (possibly in Summer 1, possibly in Fall 2020).
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. The format for Community Day is pending the university’s stance on in-person meetings in fall. 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 (either 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Shanks 370/380; lunch provided; or, quite possibly, a shorter program convened entirely online).