June 2021 Announcements

The Composition Program has the following announcements to share for June.

August Workshop and Community Day – Save the Dates
Our August Workshop this fall will be held on August 10-13. Schedule details are still being settled, but we have confirmed that our Community Day will be Thursday, August 12, and that we will have Dr. Steven Alvarez from St. John’s University as our speaker and teaching workshop leader that day. The August workshop’s purposes include to meet and get better acquainted with one another, to become familiar with program leaders and important student affairs offices and staff, to refresh our collective understanding of the writing curriculum and its priorities, to collect, share, and review teaching materials and resources, and to act as a community of practice as we prepare for the teaching in the new semester. These dates along with selected other events have been posted on the program’s draft Fall 2021 calendar at http://www.hokieswrite.com/calendar/.

2021-2022 Composition Program Textbook – Understanding Rhetoric VT Custom Edition
The Composition Program textbook for 2021-2022 will be principally available in a digital format, with a limited number of printed/paperback copies available for purchase. All instructors and GTAs will receive both printed copies and ePub/digital access by mid-July. Pricing has remained stable for both print/paperback versions (68 USD) and ePub/digital versions (48 USD). Additional information is on HokiesWrite at http://www.hokieswrite.com/textbook/.

Composition Program Handbook and Outstanding Teaching Portfolios
We want to remind everyone about two invaluable resources to support and guide preparation for the academic year ahead: the Composition Program Handbook and Outstanding Teaching Portfolios. The handbook is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TwC-8ev27KV2vfCOAmnVYyBTktNMNgcbKvXWeHnFG8I/edit?usp=sharing, and the portfolios are at http://www.hokieswrite.com/outstanding-teaching-portfolios/.

Pathways Assessment Update – Data Collection in Spring 2021
As a program, we collected Pathways assessment data from everyone (and every section) by our May 12 mini-grant deadline. Consequently, the Pathways mini-grant was disbursed on time and in full. Thank you–to each of you who participated in the mini-grant for the timely, careful preparation and submission of Pathways assessment data in the spring.

Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
At the end of the spring semester, we received six additional pieces of distinguished student writing are being set up for publishing on HokiesWrite.com throughout June (http://www.hokieswrite.com/distinguished-writing/). We encourage everyone teaching first-year writing at Virginia Tech to consider spotlighting these pieces and teaching them with first-year students next year.

CCCC 2022 Proposals Due June 7
The 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication will be held in Chicago, Ill., March 19-22. The conference theme is The Promises and Perils of Higher Education: Our Discipline’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Linguistic Justice. The call for proposals is available at https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/call-2022. Proposals are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 7, 2021.

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