July 2020 Announcements Continued

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

Canvas Blueprints Meeting (Zoom Recording)
We held an optional program-wide meeting on Thursday with a focus on the roll-out of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 Canvas blueprint course materials for fall. If you weren’t able to attend but you are interested in learning more about what we discussed, the recorded session is available here. If you would like to have access to the course materials in ENGL1105 or ENGL1106 via Canvas course shell or in any other format, please send your request(s) to composition [@] vt.edu, and we’ll make sure you get what you’re looking for.

August Workshop – August 10-14
The abbreviated August Workshop schedule is up to date here. If your attendance is expected/required as part of a GTA appointment, you will be hearing from the program leadership team again next week with more details. Some sessions are listed as open to everyone, particularly on Tuesday and Thursday, August 11 and 13. On Tuesday, some of you who are newer to VT might be especially interested in the student services panel. On Thursday, 8/13, Dr. Jonathan Alexander (UC-Irvine) will be giving a talk and leading a teaching workshop starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Composition Program Calendar Updates
The Fall 2020 Composition Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite. Of note for everyone is that we will be holding program-wide professional development events during the common hour on Fri., Sept. 11 and Fri., Nov. 6. In coordination with Writing Across Virginia (WAVA), we’re excited to be hosting Dr. Asao Inoue, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion at Arizona State U, for a workshop on labor-based grading contracts and antiracist pedagogies from 12:30-2 EDT (via Zoom) on Wed., Oct. 21. 

Corridors Conference Schedule – September 19.
The schedule timetable for the Corridors Conference is now available. Several Virginia Tech English colleagues are sharing their work as part of the free, one-day event, along with presenters and workshop leaders from nearly ten other colleges and universities. Of special note, as well, is that Dr. Jody Shipka (UMBC) will be giving the plenary presentation, “Edible Rhetoric,” and we also have a featured workshop led by Dr. Jason Luther (Rowan U) on “quaranzines.” Registration for the conference is open. I note with appreciation the efforts of Yemi Awotayo, Chloe Robertson, and Steff Reynolds for reviewing proposals and building this year’s program. 

Communities of Practice and Provost’s Teaching and Learning Resources
If, as you prepare for teaching in fall (in any area of the department), you have questions about details related to pandemic response, you will find several resources compiled by VT. In addition to resources, this page also lists–in case you want to contact them directly–the colleagues on campus who have been working on issues related to accessibility, assessment, writing-intensive courses, lecture and discussion courses, and much more. 

Continue to let us on the program leadership team know if you have any questions we can help with or if you have other ideas for ways we can support your preparations for the fall semester.