October 2021 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 2022
We anticipate offering approximately seven sections of ENGL1105 and 163 sections of ENGL1106 next semester. Julie Mengert and Maggie Fernandes are updating the Canvas blueprints to reflect Spring 2022 dates. The blueprints will cascade into all Canvas course shells by the end of November. The Virginia Tech custom edition of Understanding Rhetoric has been ordered for all sections of ENGL1105 & ENGL1106 for Spring 2022.

Upcoming Presentation from Dr. Jenny Rice, University of Kentucky
On Friday, October 29, from 12:15-1:10 p.m.Dr. Jenny Rice (University of Kentucky) will present a talk titled, “On Loud Sounds, Alien Messages, and Other Forms of Intense Communication” in Shanks 370/380. The event is co-sponsored by the Rhetoric and Writing PhD Program and the Center for Rhetoric in Society.

Composition Program Calendar
The Fall 2021 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. 5, via Zoom. The session is required for all GTAs actively teaching in the program; everyone in the department is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Pathways Assessment Required for All Sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106
Pathways assessment has resumed for Fall 2021. All sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 must report data this semester. Instructions specific to the Composition Program are available for you to review at http://www.hokieswrite.com/pathways/. In addition, Maggie Fernandes will be available to discuss the process and to answer questions in Shanks 440 from 12:15-1:10 p.m. on Monday, November 29, and Friday, December 3. Please remember that Pathways data can be submitted when you complete the evaluation of the major project anchoring each course (rhetorical analysis in ENGL1105 and sustained research project in ENGL1106); you don’t have to wait until final grades are due (though you can, of course). Data for sections of ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15

Submissions/Nominations for Distinguished Writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106
The Composition Program is continuing to collect and publish distinguished writing from ENGL1105 & ENGL1106. Submissions are published at http://www.hokieswrite.com/distinguished-writing/. We appreciate the effort being made by so many of you already to encourage first-year students to submit their writing. For more information about the nomination process, visit the instructor guide module in the Canvas blueprint for ENGL1105 or ENGL1106.

JOGLTEP Special Issue Call for Proposals
The Journal of Global Literacies, Technologies, and Emerging Pedagogies recently circulated a call for proposals for a 2022 special issue on digital composition, literacies, and pedagogies. The CFP invites contributions that make critical inquiries into emerging opportunities and challenges at the juncture of digital compositions, literacies, and pedagogies, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Brief proposals are due by December 15, 2021, with a projected issue release date of December 15, 2022. For more information, visit http://jogltep.com/.

Looking Ahead: 2022 Teaching Portfolio Award
The call for submissions is posted for the 2022 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. The 2021 award recipients are posted at http://www.hokieswrite.com/outstanding-teaching-portfolios/. 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 11, 2022.

Reminder: Online Resources
The Composition Program has many resources posted on HokiesWrite to support teaching and learning in first-year writing contexts. The Composition Program Handbook, GTAship resources (overview, events, and timeline), links to journals and open access books, and Pathways assessment overview are all meant to anticipate and answer questions that arise each year.

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