CFP for the ATTW 2018 conference, “Precarity and Possibility

For those interested in professional and technical writing, you can now submit proposals for the ATTW 2018 conference, “Precarity and Possibility: Engaging Technical Communication’s Politics,” which will be held on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

Proposals are due November 15, 2017.

See the 2018 Call for Proposals as well as a statement from the Conference Program Co-chairs, Natasha Jones and Blake Scott.

I hope you will be able to join us in Kansas City, Kansas for ATTW 2018 where we will be celebrating 45 Years!


Michelle F. Eble, PhD

President, ATTW

Associate Professor of Technical & Professional Communication
Department of English

East Carolina University

Bate 2211, Greenville, NC 27858


Georgia State at 4C’s 2017, Portland

Workshops, Wed. 9-9:50

W.02 Cultivating Research Capacity through International Exchanges about Higher Education Writing Research

Xiaobo Wang, Georgia State University, Atlanta

W.11 Cultivating Vernacular Eloquence: A Workshop on Speech and Writing Honoring Peter Elbow

Mary Hocks

Thurs 10:30-11:45

A.44 Improving the Experience and Efficacy of Testing for Placement While taking critical stances toward testing, these speakers present research-based advice about how to improve writing assessment practices. C125

Meng Yu, Georgia State University, Atlanta, “Building Boundary of Writing Assessment through Validation”

Thurs 1:45-3:00

C.41 Rhetorics of Disability: Cultivating Change across Discourse Communities and Developing Connections for Receptivity This panel explores disability rhetorics in popular and academic cultural arenas to bring awareness of representation and inclusivity. Portland Ballroom 254

Kristeen Cherney, Georgia State University, “Cultivating Digital Inclusion: Assessing the Challenges of Digital Classroom Texts and Inclusivity on the Web”

Thurs 4:45-6:00

E.16 Building a Mentor Program: Shadow Clusters, Immersion, and Integration Panel discusses the shift in the mentoring program for GTAs. Changes include shadowing, immersion, and program and course integration. B115

Speakers: Daniel Abitz, Georgia State University

Angela Marie Christie, Georgia State University

Charles Grimm, Georgia State University

Yunye Yu, Georgia State University

E.39 Cultivating Community Action and Response The panelists provide theoretical and practical resources for social engagement. C121

Chair: Barbara Hall, Perimeter College/Georgia State University

Friday 9:30-10:45

Cultivating Leadership G.01 Cultivating Leadership on and off Campus: A Roundtable with Senior Administrators

In this Cultivate roundtable, senior faculty who have served in multiple leadership roles will discuss how leadership skills and strategies cross over into areas both expected and unexpected, on and off campus, and how we might communicate these to junior faculty in order to cultivate future leaders. After each facilitator briefly shares his or her unique experiences and insights, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Q & A and discussion about effective and proactive leadership strategies.

Portland Ballroom 253

Lynee Gaillet

G.13 Posthuman Subjectivity and Nonhuman Rhetoric Speakers discuss issues of posthuman subjectivity, nonhuman rhetoric, and vitalism. D134

Baotong Gu, Georgia State University, “Face, Precious Memories, and Poetic Rhetoric

  1. Dis/appearance of Reality”

Xiaobo Wang, Georgia State University, “Face, Precious Memories, and Poetic Rhetoric

  1. Dis/appearance of Reality”

G.45 Religion Matters: Cultivating Public Voices in Composition Panelists discuss the affordances of engagement at the intersection of religious studies and secular matters in the composition classroom. A109

Nathan Wagner, Georgia State University, “Keeping the Faith: Student Belief as Academic Discourse”

Friday 12:30-1:45

I.25 Changing Perspectives on Multimodal Composition Pedagogies: Utilizing (Inter)Modalities, Art, and Technology to Teach Transferable Rhetorical and Technical Competence This panel presents different digital composition pedagogies with an eye toward teaching students transferable rhetorical/technical skills. B115

Speakers: Matthew Sansbury, Georgia State University, “Cultivating Change by Listening to Our Past: Transferring Interdependent Modalities of Composition and Rhetoric from the Enlightenment for 21st-Century Pedagogies”

Lelania Watkins, Georgia State University, “Composing Forward and Backward: Utilizing Multimodality and Art to Reshape Composition Pedagogy”

Friday 2:00-3:15

J.42 Harvey J. Graff, Literacy Studies, and Composition This roundtable will reflect on literacy studies and composition through the work of Harvey J. Graff. Portland Ballroom 253

Michael Harker, Georgia State University, “See Harvey J. Graff, or, A Necessary Beginning for the ‘New’ Humanities”

Friday 3:30-4:45

K.27 Inhabiting and Subverting Online Spaces Blogs, games, and discussion forums are sites that invite styles of participation that can generate social change. Panelists will critique and explore the possibilities. B111

Chair: Roger Austin, Georgia State University, Atlanta

K.29 Go Your Own Way: Gateways and Barriers to Student Writer Agencies This session explores the limits and possibilities of source use and misuse and threshold concepts. D132

Chair: Douglas Hall, Georgia State University

K.49 Multimodal Moves in the Writing Classroom This panel explores the integration of multimodal design into writing classrooms and the relationship between hybrid and f2f learning. C126

Speakers: Paige Arrington, Georgia State University, “Bridging Hybrid and F2F Composition Classrooms via Digital Pedagogy”

Friday 6:30-7:30

FSIG.16 Joining the Conversation: A Discussion about Graduate Student Publishing An open roundtable discussion between experienced faculty and graduate students regarding best practices for publishing in graduate school.


Speakers: Matthew Sansbury, Georgia State University

Saturday 12:15-1:30

M.25 Cultivating Success: Rethinking Retention Programs and Pedagogies A disruption of retention discourse can be enacted by cultivating different ways of understanding student success and persistence.


Cristine Busser, Georgia State University, “Retention and ‘Student Success’: Disrupting Institutional Notions of Success in FirstYear Composition”

Ashley Holmes, Georgia State University, “Locating Retention: Data, Surveillance, and Swipe Technologies”

GSU at Feminisms and Rhetorics 2015


Georgia State University Rhetoric and Composition Program and Alumni at the Feminisms & Rhetorics Conference*

Oct. 30, 2015 (click photo to enlarge)

Top left: Marta Hess (PhD program at GSU & Treasurer of Coalition), Mary Hocks (Assoc. Prof. at GSU), Oriana Gatta (alum & Asst. Prof. at IUP), Lynée Gaillet (Prof. & Chair at GSU), Michelle Eble (alum & Assoc. Prof. at ECU)

Bottom left: Lara Smith-Sitton (alum & Asst. Prof. at KSU), Letizia Guglielmo (alum & Assoc. Prof. at KSU), Jenn Fishman (President of Coalition & Assoc. Prof at Marquette), Cara Smith (MAPW program at KSU)

Not PicturedLiz Tasker-Davis (alum & Assoc. Prof. at Stephen F. Austin University, TX)

Photo Description: Nine of us gather in two rows at a round table covered with a black table cloth. The table is set for dinner with salads, plates, glasses and a festive vase of red flowers as the centerpiece. Five of us stand with arms around one other’s shoulders, four sit in front along one side of the table, as we all lean slightly in to smile at the camera.

*The 10th biennial Feminisms & Rhetorics, sponsored by the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition and hosted by Shirley Rose and Maureen GogginArizona State University

Research Network Forum at 4C Proposals due Oct. 31st


April 6, 2016 from 8:30AM – 5:00PM in Houston, TX

Proposal Deadline: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Submit proposals for Work In Process here:


Please join the Research Network Forum as a Work-in-Progress Presenter and/or serve as a Discussion Leader and/or as a publication Editor.

The Research Network Forum, founded in 1987, is a pre-convention forum at CCCC which provides an opportunity for established researchers, new researchers, and graduate students to discuss their current projects and receive mentoring from colleagues in the discipline. The forum is free to CCCC convention registrants. As in past years, RNF 2016 features morning plenary addresses from Cindy Selfe, Howard Tinsberg, and Todd Taylor focusing on “Writing Strategies for Action,” the 2016 CCCC theme.

The RNF welcomes Work-in-Progress Presenters (WiPPs) at any stage of their research and at any position in the composition/rhetoric field (graduate student, junior faculty, tenured faculty, administrator, and/or independent scholar). During roundtable discussions, WiPPs are grouped by thematic clusters where they discuss their current projects at both a morning and an afternoon roundtable session in 8 – 10 minute presentations and benefit from the responses of other researchers. Unless otherwise indicated, WiPPs are scheduled for both morning & afternoon sessions. Collaborating researchers are placed at separate tables to ensure the most networking opportunities on their research projects.

Discussion Leaders (DLs) lead the thematic roundtables and mentor WiPPs; this role is key to the RNF. We ask that Discussion Leaders are experienced, established researchers. Serving as a Discussion Leader provides a valuable service to the composition/rhetoric community. Discussion Leaders may serve at the morning session, afternoon session, or all day, and they are welcome to also participate as WiPPs.

Participants also include Editors of printed and online composition/rhetoric publications (journals, edited collections, and book series), who discuss publishing opportunities for completed works-in-progress in an open, roundtable format. We encourage Editors to bring copies of the publications they edit/publish and announcements for display at the RNF meeting. Editors are encouraged to serve as Discussion Leaders and may also participate as WiPPs.

To submit a proposal (open August 15 to October 31), visit our website,

Please fill out a form for each of the roles in which you would like to participate—Work-in-Progress Presenter, Discussion Leader, and/or Editor. You may appear on the RNF Program in addition to having a speaking role at the Conference on College Composition & Communication.

Questions? Email Co-Chairs Risa P. Gorelick and Gina M. Merys:

CCCC 2016 Opportunity – Digital Pedagogy Posters CFP due November 15.

The CCCC panels for 2016 in Houston are set, but the Digital Pedagogy Poster (DPP) organizers are just beginning to look for folks to present at CCCC in April.

Send us your Digital Pedagogy Poster proposals!  

If you are experimenting with digital technologies in your courses or in educational units (i.e., Writing Centers, WAC programs, community media projects, etc.), please submit a proposal via this online form:

Last year’s sessions were both very well attended and wildly interactive. We do our best to provide an engaged audience by setting up two rounds of posters back to back. During the first round, second-round poster presenters are part of the audience. During the second round, first-round poster presenters are part of the audience. Of course, many others join in as well! There will be few times when you are not engaged in deep conversations about your project or the projects of others. We also encourage presenters to involve graduate and undergraduate students in the preparation and delivery of our poster sessions. One goal of the DPP has always been to meet and talk to students from the classes or organizations where digital pedagogies are enacted!

If you would like to propose a poster presentation (as a team or individually), please fill out the form at this address: The deadline is November 15, 2015.

If you are considering your options, here are answers to the questions most frequently asked about Digital Pedagogy Poster presentations:

                Your participation this year will NOT count as your “one presentation” at CCCC.

                We will have our own “room” for these posters, and they will be held on Thurs & Friday, not on Wed.

                These posters will be reviewed (outside the formal CCCC review process, obviously). After the review, we will provide you by mid- to late-November with an official letter indicating that your proposal was reviewed and that you will be presenting in Houston. Names will also be in the Digital Pedagogy program (handed out on site) and in the CCCC online program.

If you have any trouble with the online submission form, just send this information via email to

                Full name, affiliation, and contact information

                A short 75 word description of your Digital Pedagogy approach or assignment

                A spiffy title

                If appropriate, your team members’ names and emails

Because CCCC is committed to supporting these posters and other Computer Connection events, we are promised an excellent space that is well equipped and connected: power, projection, screens, tables, and poster stands.

CFP for Computers and Writing – Due Oct. 26th (extension)

See for more information

Our theme for the 2016 Computers and Writing conference is Crossing Wires: Reaching Across Campus, Between Disciplines, and Into Communities. With this theme we ask you to consider the ways in which new media and digital technologies enable us to expand our horizons, both in terms of our scholarship and our pedagogy. In particular, we invite proposals that reconsider traditional academic boundaries, whether those be boundaries between disciplines, between the campus community and the local community, or geographical boundaries. Conversely, proposals might also consider how our use of technology creates boundaries to achieving pedagogical goals and (perhaps unintentionally) serves as a gatekeeper to collaborative efforts and knowledge dissemination.  The following list of potential topics should not be considered exhaustive, but rather a jumping off point for consideration.

  • Creation and or use of collaborative technologies in the humanities
  • Trans/Cross/Inter-disciplinary work
  • Using technology to build connections between colleges and local communities
  • Using technology to teach writing across the curriculum
  • K-12 college connections/collaborations
  • Global conversations through technology
  • Innovation in online environments
  • Distributed networks and peer reviewing
  • New curricula, especially those focused on multidisciplinarity
  • New creative forms taking advantage of networked technologies
  • Online and multimodal pedagogical tools
  • Physical and online learning spaces and how they create community

Session Descriptions and Instructions

Computers and Writing 2016 will feature several different session types. In addition to panel presentations, we invite participants to consider proposing a mini-workshop or Digital Showcase presentation this year. Mini-workshops will take place during the concurrent sessions and should teach attendees a new technology, tool, or practice. The Digital Showcase will run in the afternoon during the conference and is an opportunity to demonstrate a technology from a pedagogical perspective or showcase work created by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. The format will be similar to a poster session, but will require presenters to present some sort of interactive or time-based technology.

The requirements for each session type are listed below. Please note, presenters may have only one speaking role (Panel Presentation, or Mini-Workshop), excluding Digital Showcase Presentations, Roundtables and Half/Full-Day workshop facilitating.

Presentation Types:

  • Roundtables/Lightning Talks- 5 or more presenters, 600 word proposal
  • Individual Presentations- 250 word proposal
  • Panel Presentations- 3-4 presenters, 600 word proposal
  • Digital Showcase: Presenters will use interactive or time-based technology to showcase their pedagogical ideas, research, or creative work within a poster session-style framework.  Presenters must bring own technology. Power and limited portable screens will be available.
  • Mini-Workshop: Within the confines of the 75 minute concurrent sessions, presenters will instruct attendees on a new tool or technological procedure.  Mac and PC computer labs are available
  • Half-Day/Full-day Workshops 600 word proposal AND outline of proposed activities

Pre-conference workshops are intended to involve participants in a technology or issue set that rewards intensive work, giving them opportunities to learn new applications, assessment, and integration of emergent technologies for writing, learning, and collaboration. Workshops should be participatory, and proposals should articulate how attendees will interact with each other, the presenters, and/or technologies involved. If you submit a workshop proposal, please include a document that outlines the proposed timeline of workshop activities. Mac and PC computer labs are available.

Conference Submission Opens: August 31st 

Conference Submission Closes: October 23rd

Notification of Acceptance: December 21st