2014 IWAC Conference: “Shifting Currents / Making Waves” Call for Proposals

“Literacy today is in the middle of a tectonic change… *T+hese are structural changes—global, educational, technological… How is it that what we teach and what we test can be so different from what our students know as writing?”—Kathleen Blake Yancey (2004) “Situations (contexts) do not just exist...*but+ are actively created, sustained, negotiated, resisted, and transformed momen tby-moment through ongoing work.”—James Paul Gee (2000)

The Center for Writing and the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota are delighted to announce a call for proposals for the 12th International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference (IWAC), to be held in the Commons Hotel on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, June 12–14, 2014. Shifting Currents / Making Waves The conference theme, “Shifting Currents/Making Waves,” references the lively Mississippi River (a few blocks from our on-campus conference hotel), WAC’s history as a progressive pedagogical movement, and its current activity in an era of accelerated change. Among the shifts and waves we will discuss are those occurring in… ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● disciplinary and interdisciplinary discourse communities and conventions location, focus, and pace of WAC, WID, and CAC programming understanding of literacy development and transferability multimodal reading and writing methods used to access and attribute intellectual content (formerly known as reading and citing) current influence of professional writing upon academic writing and writing instruction global languages and translingualism in the writing-enriched classroom course venues, class sizes, and instructor roles triggered by flipped classrooms, e-learning, MOOCs, etc. writing assessment theory and practice approaches to assessing and sustaining WAC, WID, and CAC programming graduate student mentoring and professionalization in WAC

Call for Session Proposals To facilitate constructive discussion of these and other field-relevant shifts, we will encourage innovative formatting in concurrent sessions and will extend particular welcome to sessions that include interaction and discussion. We enthusiastically encourage proposals for sessions that include instructors from

diverse academic disciplines and international settings. Presented live. Proposal deadline is 12 AM (CST) November 4. Proposals for structured discussions (or full panels) will identify sequence of activity. Individual presentations will be grouped into three-person panels by shared topic. one. sessions can be scheduled into wired. general-audience talks accompanied by visual props. The 5 X 10 is particularly well-suited for profiling institutional programs or drawing attention to a single issue or innovation. 2013. Five slides. and design ● situatedness within WAC theory. and intentionally sequenced panels. and practice ● contribution to and engagement with conference theme ● potential to foster constructive interaction ● potential interest to a diverse cross-section of conference attendees We will begin accepting proposals on August 1. active-learning classrooms. If desired. session timing. Possibilities here include point-counterpoint discussions. and a session chair. VISIT THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://www.edu/iwac2014 .umn. 5 X 10 talks (10 minutes) Individual presentations (20 minutes) Multi-presenter panel or discussion (75 minutes) Teaching demonstrations (20 minutes) Proposals will be judged against the following criteria: ● clarity of purpose. Presenters will select from among the following formats: Pre-conference workshop (180 minutes) Proposals for these Thursday morning sessions will include session choreography and a set of participant outcomes. opportunities for interaction. choreographed roundtables. These will be grouped by discipline or strategy. This innovative alternative to the poster session provides a venue suited for brief. Individual presenters are asked to limit presented segments to 15 minutes in order to allow for substantial discussion at the end of the panel. TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL. ten minutes. content. Brief. research. and a session chair will be assigned.cce. and a session chair will be assigned.or twosentence description of the presentation along with an abstract. Proposals will require a short. fishbowl discussions. 2013. interactive demonstrations of writing instruction from any academic discipline. 5 X 10s will be also videorecorded for looped airing later at the conference.

And yes. Jungle Theater. we also have the Mall of America. Worldclass museums and theatres including the Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater compete with dozens of local art and performance venues such as the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Restaurants. . and the Children’s Museum. We think that this university and the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paulite) things to see and do. In summer. you’ll find James Beard Award–winning chefs and locally-owned restaurants that advocate and enact sustainable. We are also serious about our sports teams. the Minnesota Lynx. the Bakken museum (electricity!). Bicycling Magazine voted Minneapolis the country’s most bikeable city. local food production residing beside eateries that proudly refuse to do so.The 2014 IWAC will take place at the University of Minnesota at the Commons Hotel. and Intermedia Arts. which is not too shabby for a city that endures (celebrates) seven-month long winters. Attendees joined by families will appreciate Minneapolis’ many picturesque parks and canoe-friendly lakes. Paul are apt places in which to contemplate WAC’s shifting currents and wave-making. and food on a stick. We also know how to get around: in 2010. this means the Minnesota Twins. Paul Saints. for example: looking beyond hotdish. Those who can bear to pull themselves away from sessions will find a variety of Minneapolitan (and St. and the St. the nearby Mill City Museum (flour!). the Science Museum. lutefisk.

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful