September 2021 Announcements

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

Composition Program Calendar
The Fall 2021 Composition Program calendar is up to date on HokiesWrite. Upcoming events include a Writing Program Dialogues session on Friday, October 15, from 3-4 p.m. (via Zoom [link circulated via email]; sponsored by Writing Across Virginia). Then, 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. A flyer with additional information on Dr. Rice’s presentation is forthcoming; the event is co-sponsored by the Rhetoric and Writing PhD Program and the Center for Rhetoric in Society.

Writing Program Dialogues (WAVA) – 10/15/21, 3-4 p.m., Zoom
Please join us–writing faculty, graduate students, and program administrators from across the Commonwealth of Virginia–on Friday afternoon, October 15, from 3-4 p.m., for an hour-long dialogue about teaching writing. In affiliation with Writing Across Virginia (WAVA), the event is meant to foster cross-talk that is supportive and generative for all who attend. Our open, informal conversation will be initiated with the following question: How have pandemic teaching modifications proven positive, generative, frustrating, or daunting for your teaching practice, considering the format(s)/modality(ies) you are teaching in this semester? Depending on the number of people who attend, we might use breakout rooms for the first half of the session before reconvening as a larger group. The session will be held at [Zoom link circulated via email]. If you have any questions, please contact Derek Mueller at dmueller@vt.edu.

GTA Mentorship Application – Due October 8th
The Composition Program invites applications for faculty to serve as GTA Mentors for the Spring 2022 semester. If you are interested in serving as a GTA mentor next semester, please refer to the GTA Mentorship Application for an overview of mentor responsibilities and details regarding the application and selection process. Please email your letter of interest (detailed in the GTA Mentorship Application) and a recent ENGL 1106 syllabus and weekly schedule to composition@vt.edu by Friday, October 8th. If you have any questions about the mentoring program or the application process, please contact Dr. Megan Weaver, Director of GTA Education, at mmweaver@vt.edu.

Curating a Writing Portfolio
A new set of learning modules on “Curating a Writing Portfolio” has been posted to the First-year Writing Resources in Newman Library’s Odyssey educational resources repository. The three videos were developed via a Pathways grant-funded partnership between Composition Program and Newman Library colleagues. They cover basic portfolio-making, distinctions between learning and showcase portfolios, and file management strategies. All three videos are available for use now; they will also be integrated into the Canvas blueprints for ENGL1105 and ENGL1106 in a future semester.

VT Food Studies Is Hiring a Communications Intern ($15/hr) – Due October 5th
The Virginia Tech Food Studies Program (tinyurl.com/VTFoodStudies) seeks a paid VT undergraduate or graduate student intern to help promote the program and a new Food Studies Minor. The work will extend through the rest of the Fall 2021 semester and into the Spring 2022 semester, averaging about 6-7 hours a week, with the pay set at $15/hour. Duties may include graphic design, preparation of promotional materials, photography, social media, producing web content, student ambassadorship to promote the program in classes and student events, newsletter writing, organizing focus groups, and other related projects. Experience or focus in graphic design, art, communication, public relations, multimedia journalism, or related fields desired. The student should also be self-motivated, dependable, and understand the value of the humanities and of food studies. The intern will create portfolio-worthy work and gain the experience they need to stand out in the job market. Please send your brief resumé (1 page), unofficial transcript, and letter of interest (1-2 pages) describing your relevant experience and goals to Program Director Dr. Anna Zeide (zeide@vt.edu) as soon as possible, by Tuesday, October 5. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.