CFPs of Interest: QRN@CCCC and the ODU Conference on the Teaching of Writing

The following Spring 2022 events may be of interest to Virginia Tech faculty and GTAs who teach writing:

Qualitative Research Network at the Conference on College Composition and Communication – Proposals due January 15, 2022

The Qualitative Research Network (QRN) provides mentoring and support to qualitative researchers at all levels of experience and working in diverse areas of study within the college composition and communication community. As a pre-conference research network, the QRN is open to everyone, including those who are already presenting at the conference in other venues.

The initial hour of the workshop will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Michelle LaFrance, Associate Professor of English at George Mason University.

The final two-and-half hours of the workshop will feature research roundtables where novice and experienced researchers will have twenty to thirty minutes to present their work-in-progress for feedback and discussion. Experienced qualitative researchers will be on hand at each table to offer suggestions and facilitate discussion.

Much thanks,

Will Banks, QRN Chair

Bess McCollough, QRN Associate Chair

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Individual or collaborative Research Presentations are invited for the Qualitative Research Network (QRN) to be held Wednesday, March 9, from 1:30 – 5:00 at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Chicago, IL.

The Qualitative Research Network, which occurs annually at the CCCC, is offered for both new and experienced qualitative researchers. The QRN provides mentoring and support to qualitative researchers at all levels of experience and working in diverse areas of study within the college composition and communication community. As a pre-conference research network, the QRN is open to everyone, including those who are already presenting at the conference in other venues.

Keynote Presentation

The initial hour of the workshop will feature Dr. Michelle LaFrance, Associate Professor of English at George Mason University. Michelle teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Writing Across the Curriculum, composition pedagogy, ethnography, feminist/cultural materialist and qualitative research methodologies. She has published on peer review, preparing students to write across the curriculum, e-portfolios, e-research, writing center and WAC-pedagogy, and Institutional Ethnography. Her monograph Institutional Ethnography: A Theory of Practice for Writing Studies Researchers (Utah State, 2019) theorizes the institutional locations of writing and writing instruction and offers a new model for enacting ethnography and the study of writing programs. She is currently studying how writing takes shape in urban communities, particularly the many volunteer groups and public/private partnerships active in DC’s historic Congressional Cemetery.

Research Roundtables: The final two and a half hours of the workshop feature research roundtables where novice and experienced researchers present work-in-progress for feedback and discussion. Experienced qualitative researchers offer suggestions and facilitate discussion. Each presenter has 20-30 minutes for both presentation and discussion of their work-in-progress. Presenters at the research roundtables may focus on specific concerns and/or broader issues related to qualitative research.

Digital QRN: In order to make the QRN more open and available to scholars who cannot attend the conference this year, the QRN will also provide research roundtables through a digital platform for sharing work-in-progress. Prospective presenters should indicate on their proposal submission if they will be attending the conference in person or would prefer to be considered for the Digital QRN. (If CCCC moves to a fully online format, then the QRN will host all sessions online.)

Proposal Information: Please submit via the linked Google form below a brief description (approximately 500 words) of your research proposal by 11:59 pm EST on December 31, 2021.

http://bit.ly/QRNCFP22

We encourage submissions from those at any stage of the research process (e.g., planning, data collecting, data analyzing, publishing). 

Please be sure that your proposal includes a brief overview of the research project, the stage of its development, and the questions/issues you wish to discuss with other researchers. Descriptions need not be exhaustive. We ask that you provide a general overview of your study as well as a statement about the kinds of feedback you would like to receive. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us.

***Presenters for research roundtables will be notified of their acceptance by January 15, 2022. We will request confirmation of acceptances by February 1, 2022. ***

Old Dominion University’s Annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing – Proposals due February 1, 2022

The Old Dominion University Spring Writing Conference Committee is excited to announce the theme and keynote speaker for our annual Spring Conference on the Teaching of Writing. In this, our 43rd year, we will host a two-day virtual conference on March 17 and 18, 2022, from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. EST each day with the theme Radical + Practical: How the Pandemic Has Fostered Better Teaching Practices. We have chosen the online format again for 2022 in recognition of the increased professional, caring, and emotional labors of the past two years. Our hope is that this format will allow more of our colleagues to participate, and we plan to return to hosting the conference in-person on ODU’s Norfolk, VA, campus in spring 2023. Learn more about the conference here. Please forward this email and/or the attached CFP to members of your department and any other interested colleagues and friends.

Keynote: Dr. April Baker-Bell, Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. April Baker-Bell, an award-winning transdisciplinary teacher-researcher-activist and associate professor of language, literacy, and English education in the Department of English and Department of African American and African Studies at Michigan State University. Baker-Bell is an international leader in conversations on Black Language education, and her research interrogates the intersections of Black Language and literacies, anti-Black racism, and antiracist pedagogies.

Her award-winning book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism (a term Baker-Bell coined) and white linguistic supremacy. Baker-Bell is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the 2021 Coalition for Community Writing Outstanding Book Award, the 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship, the 2021 Michigan State University’s Community Engagement Scholarship Award and the 2021 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity, the 2020 NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language, the 2020 Theory Into Practice Article of the Year Award, the 2019 Michigan State University Alumni Award for Innovation & Leadership in Teaching and Learning, and the 2018 AERA Language and Social Processes Early Career Scholar Award.

Dr. Baker-Bell will give a talk on Linguistic Justice on Thursday, March 17, at 10:00 AM, and she will also lead an interactive workshop on Friday, March 18, at 10:00 AM.

The conference will be free for all, and participants are encouraged to drop in and out throughout the two days. We do ask that all participants and presenters register online here. This will allow us to communicate with you about updates and to send the Zoom link to you directly.

For more information about proposal submission, please see the attached CFP or visit the conference website. We look forward to seeing you there!

The conference is sponsored by The Thistle Foundation and The ODU Department of English
Visit the conference website for registration and proposal submission information.
https://sites.wp.odu.edu/writingconference/