Blog: Laura Thomas

Inspired by the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Laura Thomas has launched a blog named after the conference theme: The Public Work of Composition. With the help of professional development funds from the composition program, Laura attended several conference sessions that explored the conditions under which college composition is taught and learned and identified a variety of constraints on higher education. The Public Work of Composition is her attempt to continue these discussions by posting and commenting on intriguing forays into the ethical, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of composition and higher education. If you would like to join the conversation, find and follow the blog at


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.

College of Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty Reception

Save the Date

Instructors: Save the Date for the College of Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty Reception

Please join Dean Ann Gill and members of the College of Liberal Arts Adjunct Faculty for a reception in your honor! As has become a CLA tradition, we will meet to converse, enjoy refreshments, and hear remarks from Dean Gill at the Hatton Gallery in the Visual Arts building on Thurs., Sept. 19, 4-6 p.m. You will have a chance not only to meet colleagues from across the CLA, but also to view the 18th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition. Children and significant others are welcome. The Art department will even supply sidewalk chalk to amuse the young ones while we meet and greet. Dean Gill’s remarks are set to begin at 4:45. You’ll be receiving an email message soon from Okee Hanna in the Dean’s office; be sure to RSVP. Questions? Contact Laura Thomas at or Eddy 337.

Upper Division Composition Workshops

Two more upper division composition workshops will be offered after Spring Break. Both count toward the UD composition professional development certificate. Each workshop will be offered at two times.

Face-to-Face Assessment: This Time It’s Personal
Tuesday, March 26, 4-5 p.m. or Wednesday, March 27, 4-5 p.m., Whitaker Conference Room

Knowing that the best assessment practices in composition courses include formative evaluation and robust, thoughtful response to student writing—not just “grading papers”—instructors are always looking for ways to make the process of evaluating students’ work matter. Some of us have added face-to-face assessment or “grading conferences” to our repertoire. Join Laura Thomas, Jeana Burton and Sharon Grindle for a conversation about our experiences with this promising method. Although we will focus on upper division courses, instructors who teach composition at any level are encouraged to attend.

Blogged Down?
Tuesday, April 9 or Wednesday April 10, 4-5 p.m. Whitaker Conference Room.

It has been a couple of years since we had a seminar about blogging in CO300.  Since then, a number of instructors have begun using blogs in various ways.  This workshop led by Beth Lechleitner will give you an opportunity to catch up on how blogs are being used by CO300 instructors, share how you are using them (if you are), ask questions if you are thinking about integrating them with your course, and share best practices (and perhaps a few cautionary tales). The workshop is open to current CO300 instructors and those interested in teaching the course.

Workshop for CO300 Instructors

CO 300 Workshop: Making the Most of the New Textbooks
When: Mon., May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Eddy 2
Presented by the upper-division composition spring team: Kate Kiefer, Beth Lechleitner, Christina Sutton, and Laura Thomas

Join us for a half-day workshop focused on integrating one of the new textbook selections into your CO300 course. The workshop is for current and prospective CO300 instructors who plan to adopt one of the new recommended texts. It includes a discussion of strategies for designing syllabi and assignments as well as hands-on time to collaborate with fellow instructors. RSVP to by May 16 please.

Check your email for more details.