CFPs and Events

Several area conferences and professional development opportunities are coming up as follows:

Becoming a Public Scholar: Creating and Maintaining an Effective Identity Online
Friday, March 28, 2014
12:30-2 p.m., Pray Harrold 301
Sponsored by the EMU English Graduate Student Association. Open to everyone at EMU. Contact Joe Montgomery, for more information.

Two-Year College English Association Midwest Conference (TYCA Midwest)
Thursday-Saturday, October 2-4, 2014
Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI
Visit for more information.

Michigan College English Association (MCEA) Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 24-25, 2014
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
Proposals are due by October 18, 2014 to

Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) Conference
Friday, October 31, 2014
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Proposals are due by Friday, May 2, 2014.  For more information, visit

Thirteen from EMU to Present at 65th Annual CCCC

Thirteen faculty, instructors, graduate students, and recent alums will be presenting their work at the 65th annual Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, Ind., March 19-22, 2014. To learn more about the convention or to access this year’s searchable program, visit

Wednesday 3/19 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
RNF.1 – 2014 Research Network Forum at CCCC
Presenter: Jessica Winck, University of Louisville – The Circulation of Student Writing Online: Ethical Implications
Presenter: Chelsea Lonsdale, Eastern Michigan University – Zines in the Academy: When the Underground Arrives
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom V, Third Floor

Wednesday 3/19 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
W.04 – Pre-Conference Workshop
Title: Open Futures? Basic Writing, Access, and Technology: Council on Basic Writing
Speaker: Steven Krause, Eastern Michigan University – MOOCs and Basic Writing
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Room 104, First Floor

Wednesday 3/19 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
MD.01 Consortium Meeting (Open)
Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists Annual Meeting
Co-Chair: John Dunn, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
Co-Chair: Derek Mueller, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom IV, Thirdd Floor

Thursday 3/20 1:45 PM – 3:00 PM
C.08 – Roundtable
Title: MOOCing Back to School: A Roundtable of Professors as Students in Massive Online Open Courses
Speaker: Steven Krause, Eastern Michigan University – Alone in a Crowd
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Grand Ballroom I, Third Floor

Thursday 3/20 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
D.26 Concurrent
Title: (Re)Opening the Ditto Device: DIY Publishing as Crafting Agency
Speaker: Becky Morrison, Virginia Tech – Using Multi-Modal Composition in a First-Year Writing Classroom: A Study of “At-Risk” Students’ Developing Identities
Speaker: Jana Rosinski, Syracuse University – Cut, Copy, and Compose: DIY Publishing and Rhetorical Ecologies of Materiality
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Room 304, Third Floor

Thursday 3/20 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
E.17 Roundtable
Title: Polymorphic Frames of Pre-Tenure WPAs: Eight Accounts of Hybridity and Pronoia
Speaker: Derek Mueller, Eastern Michigan University – Assembling Handles for Divergent Grasps
Speaker: Kate Pantelides, Eastern Michigan University – Why Won’t this thing Open? Negotiating New WPA Identity
Marriott Downtown, Marriott Downtown, Indiana Ballroom E, First Floor

Friday 3/21 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
F.35 Concurrent
Title: Writing Center Complexities: Pushing Students to Excel in Their Writing
Speaker: Zuzana Tomas, Eastern Michigan University – Capturing the Complexity of Plagiarism: Writing Center Tutor Perspectives
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Room 309, Third Floor

Friday 3/21 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
H.38 Concurrent
MA and PhD Program Design: Impact on Graduate Student Success
Speaker: John Dunn, Eastern Michigan University – A Source for Inventing the Future of the Master’s Degree in Writing Studies: An Analysis of Data from the 2012 Program Survey of the Master’s Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Room 309, Third Floor

Friday 3/21 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
I.08 Concurrent
Title: Evolving Curriculum and Research in Digital Literacy
Speaker: Joseph Torok, Wayne State University – What’s My School of Thought? Tracing Intellectual Networks from Dissertation to Publication in Present Tense Journal
JW Marriott, JW Marriott, Room 309, Third Floor

Thursday/Saturday, 3/20 or 3/22
Digital Pedagogy Poster Presentations
Title: Hey, @students! #LetsChat: Using Social Media to Provide Feedback and Digital Engagement in the Classroom
Presenter: Jessie Miller, Eastern Michigan University
Presenter: Shanna Gilkeson, Eastern Michigan University
Presenter: Lisa Pignotti, Eastern Michigan University

January Announcements

Here are the latest announcements from the FYWP.

Syllabus Collection
Please send as an attachment a copy of your 2014 syllabus and schedule for ENGL120 and/or ENGL121 to no later than this Friday, January 10, 2014. We are collecting syllabi and schedules more routinely as an aspect of ongoing program assessment. In addition and on behalf of the English Department office, Cindy Young is requesting both paper and electronic copies of syllabi be sent to her. Details about this related request are in campus mailboxes.

Photocopy Allocations
New this semester, if you are teaching just one section of FYW, you will have 500 copies and 500 prints on the copier in the mailroom (PH 612C). If you are teaching more than one section, you will have 500 copies and 500 prints set on each copier (PH 612T, PH 612B, and PH 612C). Please direct questions about copy allocations to Marie, or, if you are requesting additional copies, you should contact Mary Ramsey with your request.

Winter 2014 Calendar of FYWP Events
The Winter 2014 Calendar is available on the FYWP blog at We will provide paper copies of the calendar in your campus mailbox by the end of the week. Note that there are several professional development opportunities, including a CV workshop (2/7), a reading group get-together considering Doug Brent’s “The Research Paper and Why We Should Still Care” (3/14), and a conference proposal-writing workshop (4/22).

Laptop Cart
Please remember that the laptop cart is available for your use this semester. For more information about reserving the cart, visit At the start of the semester, you can reserve up to two dates. After January 17, we will expand this to allow for scheduling up to six dates (or more, on a case-by-case basis).

Online Profile Pages
Remember to update your online profile page to include, at a minimum, your office hours for Winter 2014. For a refresher on how to make changes to your page, visit

Did you know?

  • In Fall 2013, a FYWP prefix change was approved, which means that beginning in Summer 2014, ENGL120 and ENGL121 will be cross-listed as ENGL/WRTG120 and ENGL/WRTG121 for one year. In Fall 2015, these classes will be listed officially (e.g., in the catalog) as WRTG120 and WRTG121.
  • The Assessment Subcommittee of the FYWP Committee is revising course outcomes this year with a focus on what distinguishes ENGL120 from ENGL121, specifically.
  • As of January 6, we are offering 64 sections of FYW to 1,556 students this semester. A year ago (WI13) we offered 48 sections.
  • Several photographs by Jack Visnaw showcase the December 2013 Celebration of Student Writing (25th Semiannual!) and are available in this Flickr photoset: Tom Ulch also a collection of photos of the event at The Hive Ann Arbor, The Winter 2014 Celebration of Student Writing will be held on Tuesday, April 8, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
  • Working in close coordination with the University Writing Center, we are piloting WRTG177: Writing in College this semester. WRTG177 is a one-credit course that provides structured writing support throughout the semester. We opened seven sections, and all have filled, so 42 students are taking part in the pilot this semester.

Winter 2014 Calendar

Please note the following listing of events scheduled for the Winter 2014 semester.

6 Mon – Classes begin
10 Fri – Syllabi and Office Hours due electronically to
10 Fri – Update profile pages online with new office hours (how?)
20 Mon – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, No classes

7 Fri – FYW Committee Meeting, PH313, 12-1 p.m.
7 Fri – CV Workshop (co-sponsored by EGSA), PH313, 1-2:30 p.m.
24 Mon – 3/2 Sun – Winter Recess – No classes

7 Fri – FYW Committee Meeting, PH211, 12-1 p.m.
14 Fri – FYWP/WRCM Reading Series, Doug Brent’s “The Research Paper and Why We Should Still Care,” and Pre-CCCC Strategy Session, Corner Brewery, 3-4:30 p.m.
19-22 – 2014 CCCC Annual Convention, Indianapolis, Ind.

4 Fri – FYWP Colloquium, TBD
8 Tue – Celebration of Student Writing, Student Center Ballroom, 4-5:30 p.m.
11 Fri – FYW Colloquium, 12-2:30 p.m.
21 Mon – Last day of classes
22 Tue – “Crafting Conference Proposals” Workshop, PH313, 6-7 p.m.
22-28 – Final exams

December Announcements

Here are the latest announcements related to the First-year Writing Program.

1. Save the Date: First-year Writing Program Fall Semester Send-off/Party, Tuesday, December 17, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Corner Brewery
Please join us Tuesday, December 17, from 2-4:30 p.m. at Ypsilanti’s Corner Brewery for a social event to celebrate the successful semester. Families, guests, and Friends of the FYWP are welcome. The kitchen at the CB will not open until 4 p.m., but we will be providing cookies.

2. Final Grade Submissions
Final grades for Fall 2013 are due before 8 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013. For more information, visit the Registration and Records website.

3. 25th Semiannual Celebration of Student Writing
The Celebration of Student Writing (CSW) will convene this Thursday, December 5, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.  More than 1,000 students from 42 sections of ENGL121 will have presentational versions of their research on display at the event. The event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be available. To instructors: Please remind students that the ballroom will be open for setup from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The doors will close at 2 p.m., and no access will be permitted until the venue opens for everyone at 4 p.m. Please remind all ENGL120 and ENGL121 students that the event is eligible for Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) credit. Students seeking LBC credit at the event will be able to pick up a passport at a table near the entrance to the ballroom. Passports will require either stamps or signatures (initials).  If a student asks you to stamp or initial the passport for a given item (e.g., poster presentation, digital presentation, etc.), please do so.  Completed passports can be returned to the same table for LBC credit.

4. Wiki and Profile Pages
If you would like to see any additions or changes to the FYWP wiki, please send suggestions to Also, as you prepare for the winter semester, please remember to update the office hours showing on profile page at

November Announcements

Here are the latest announcements related to the First-year Writing Program.

1. New Laptop Cart
We have a new laptop cart imaged and ready for use by instructors who are teaching in the fourth floor cluster of classrooms. We are experimenting for the remainder of this semester with an online reservation system, so you can book up to two class sessions using an online form. For more information about the cart’s availability, limits on its use, and processes for booking and gaining access to it, please visit the FYWP wiki entry related to the cart at

2. Shirley Brice Heath at UMich, Friday, Nov. 15
Shirley Brice Heath, a noted language and literacy scholar, will be delivering the plenary address at UMich’s Language and Rhetoric Conference next Friday from 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Ann Arbor. For more information visit

3. FYWP Wiki-in, – Friday, November 15, 1-3 p.m., PH313
Please join us next Friday afternoon from 1-3 p.m. in PH313 for the program’s first attempt at a wiki-in. The wiki-in is a two-hour workshop/hack-a-thon focused on planning, drafting, and fine-tuning materials currently published (or soon-to-be published) on the FYWP wiki. Everyone is welcome to attend.

4. First-year Writing Committee/Subcommittees Meeting – Friday, November 15, 12 p.m., PH211
The First-year Writing Committee will hold its third and final meeting of the semester this Friday, November 15, at 12 p.m. in PH211. A significant portion of the meeting will be spent once again in our respective subcommittees, continuing to plan and carry out the efforts initiated at the last meeting. Please refer to the following documents for more information about last month’s meeting, this Friday’s agenda, and the current subcommittee rosters. The meeting will include updates about the WRTG prefix, the upcoming CSW, and PD planning for Winter 2014.
10-18-2013 Agenda and Minutes
11-15-2013 Agenda
2013-2014 FYW Subcommittees/Working groups

Please remember that this is an open, serve-at-will committee. Everyone involved with the First-year Writing Program is welcome to attend. Subcommittee rosters were established at the September meeting, but if you want to join one of these groups, please feel free to show up on Friday. I will be providing a pizza lunch (bring your own soft drinks, waters, etc.).

2014 Research Network Forum at CCCC

The registration and proposal system for the 2014 Research Network Forum at the Conference on College Composition and Communication is now open.  The annual event provides researchers with a forum for discussing in-progress projects. The forum will be held at CCCC in Indianapolis, March 19-22. RNF proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on October 31, 2013. For more information, visit