Grant: Tobi Jacobi and Ed Lessor

Tobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, and Laura Rogers (Rhetoric/Composition scholar at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) were awarded a 2014 CCCC Research Initiative grant in support of their archival project, “(Re)Writing Lila: Literacy Narratives of Reform from the New York State Training School for Girls, 1920-1970.”


Writing Event

Ten of our English Department colleagues took part in “Your Vision, Our Focus: Experience CSU,” a writing event for high-achieving Colorado high school seniors worth $6,000 in scholarship money, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Thank you to Tony Becker, Ellen Brinks, Pam Coke, Ashley Davies, Katie Hoffman, Zach HutchinsTobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, Jeremy Proctor, and Leif Sorensen for giving of their time and their talent for this important event.

CO300 Professional Development Workshops

“Grade Norming for Multimodal Projects.”  So you are all excited about integrating more multimodal projects in your sections of Writing Arguments.  What’s stopping you?  Maybe consternation (or just a little insecurity) about assessment.  Beth Lechleitner (whose own consternation makes her highly qualified) and Laura Thomas will facilitate this assessment norming session for wannabe multimodal pedagogues.  Also welcome are CO300 instructors who already teach multimodal assignments and would like to share their wealth of experience or perhaps confirm, refine their approaches.

Dates:                  Early October, exact date TBA

“Audiences:  Invoked/Addressed/Unintended.”   Ed Lessor facilitates a discussion of audience in the social media era using the two Ede and Lunsford essays from the CO300 reader to ground a conversation about the complexities of teaching audience in multimodal compositional environments. Discussion will center on integrating these theoretical texts with CO300 coursework with a focus on practical classroom activities and assignments.

Dates:                  Monday, November 11 and Tuesday, November 12

Time:                   4:30-5:30 p.m.

Conference Attendance Funding

Ed Lessor, Katie Hoffman, and Sarah Hart were awarded support from the STF/STA Professional Development Funds (which are supported by proceeds from sales of ISM and RRAW textbooks) to travel to College Composition and Communication in 2013.  Nancy Henke was awarded funds to travel to the 2013 Writing Program Administrators Conference.  Look for information about workshops and other events that these colleagues will facilitate to share new research with all composition instructors.

Upper Division Composition News

At Kate Kiefer’s request, Bev McQuinn, Debra Walker, Ed Lessor, and Kate undertook a comprehensive review of argument textbooks this semester and are preparing to share insights and recommendations with all faculty interested in or currently teaching CO300. We anticipate NO changes in textbook adoptions for spring 2012. We will begin with a roundtable discussion of our review process and most highly ranked texts in February and then follow with a series of workshops later in spring semester. If you have specific issues you would like to be sure we cover in the workshops, please get in touch with one of us.