October 2020 Announcements

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

Canvas Blueprints, Textbook Orders, and Section Counts for Spring 2021
We have confirmed that all sections of ENGL1105 & ENGL1106 for Spring 2021 will be offered in the same format as Fall, appearing on the timetable with a designated day and time along with the note “Synchronous meetings held at teacher’s discretion.” Derek Mueller and Julie Mengert are updating the Canvas blueprints to reflect Spring 2021 dates and minor revisions based on the Canvas Development Issues Log circulated in August. The blueprints will iterate into all Canvas course shells by the end of November. Textbooks for Spring 2021 have been ordered for all sections of ENGL1105 & ENGL1106. The textbook will remain fully digital. We anticipate offering approximately nine sections of ENGL1105 and 150 sections of ENGL1106 next semester.

“How to Engage in Antiracist Classroom Writing Assessment” Event Recap
More than 75 colleagues from across (and beyond) the Commonwealth attended the October 21 workshop led by Dr. Asao Inoue, “How to Engage in Antiracist Classroom Writing Assessment.” Points of emphasis in the presentation and workshop included a critical history of grading systems in U.S. higher education, models for and approaches to labor-based grading contracts in writing courses, and the responsibilities we all share both for challenging and changing status quo approaches to assessment and evaluation. The workshop handout is available in the Composition Program’s document gallery at http://www.hokieswrite.com/?mdocs-file=956.

Registration Open for Black Technical & Professional Communication Symposium
Registration is open for the Black Technical and Professional Communication Symposium, Monday, November 30, 1:30-3 p.m. ET. This event features the distinguished scholars who comprised the CCCC Black Technical and Professional Writing Task Force and who co-created the CCCC Black Technical and Professional Communication Position Statement with Resource Guide. The event sponsored by the Virginia Tech Professional and Technical Writing (PTW) Program, with credit to Dr. Jennifer Sano-Franchini for leading its organization, and with support from several university offices and initiatives, including the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) and the Composition Program. Registration is required for all attendees. Sign up now at bit.ly/3nRSFmc.

Composition Program Calendar
The Fall 2020 Composition Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite. The final program-wide professional development event of the semester is scheduled for the common hour, 12:15-1:10 p.m., Fri., Nov. 6. The session is required for all GTAs actively teaching in the program; everyone in the department is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Looking Ahead: 2021 Teaching Portfolio Award
The call for submissions is posted for the 2021 Composition Teaching Portfolio Award–an annual award designed to encourage the development and collection of exemplary teaching materials from instructors and GTAs. Up to four $400 awards will be made this year. Submissions may be focused on either ENGL1105 or ENGL1106. The full description of the award is available online at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cqRGBmoLssjtMBZw_qliCKHRVQHMvPPbilp3Urc9DNg/edit?usp=sharing. To be considered for the award, submit materials by Friday, March 12, 2021.

Continue to let us on the program leadership team know if you have any questions we can help with. 

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