Call for Proposals
SLAC-WPA 2014: Identifying and Working with Diverse Learners
This year’s SLAC conference will take place January 10-11, 2014 on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA. The conference is being jointly sponsored by the Claremont Colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps). Information about registration and hotel accommodation is available via this website. If you have questions about travel or accomodations, contact Stephanie Liu-Rojas; if you have questions about the conference program, contact Pam Bromley.
The increasing diversity on many of our campuses in recent years creates new opportunities and challenges for writing programs. “Diverse learners” is, intentionally, a broad term: We invite proposals that will catalyze wide-ranging discussion of not just diversely prepared writers (international students and others for whom English is not a home language; developmental writers; and so forth), but also diverse types of learners (including, perhaps, students with learning or physical disabilities).
Possible questions or topics we might explore together include:
- How can writing programs at SLACs successfully identify and support the different types of students in our increasingly diverse student bodies?
- Which groups are better supported on your campus? Which groups are less well supported?
- What resources do writing programs have in place for these students? What resources are lacking?
- What types of support can writing programs provide faculty in working with these students?
- (How) Does SLACs’ focus on students as individuals help identify and support different students? (How) Does it hinder the development of systematic processes or initiatives?
Because we want to provide space for as many participants as possible, and continuing SLAC-WPA’s tradition of more collaborative discussion and fewer individual presentations, there are four different ways to participate in the conference:
As a speed sharer / mini-session moderator (a SLAC tradition)
- Speed sharers will propose a small, specific topic. Speed sharers will begin their session with a short (3-5 minute) presentation, and then facilitate a small group discussion (10 minutes). Participants will rotate through several fifteen-minute mini-sessions in one conference session. Speed-share topics do not necessarily need to address the conference theme. This is a chance for us to exchange and pick up a range of ideas to help our programs.
By leading a discussion or workshop
- Leaders will will begin their session with a short (5-10 minute) presentation, and then facilitate a small group discussion or workshop (30 minutes) on a topic addressing the conference theme. If you feel you need more time for your proposed discussion or workshop, please note that in your proposal. Participants will choose from a range of options for the specific discussion session they wish to attend.
As a participant in a roundtable
- Each roundtable participant will have 5 minutes to introduce a theme and raise one or two open questions, followed by an open discussion. The conference committee will group proposals into roundtables by theme; alternatively, participants can propose a roundtable of three or four individuals focused on a specific theme.
As an individual presenter
- Each presenter will propose a specific topic and prepare a 10- to 15-minute presentation to share with the entire conference. Individual presenters will be grouped by theme into a panel. We are especially interested in presentations that address how, specifically, writing programs grapple with ELL students, students with learning or physical disabilities, and developmental writers.
Participants should 1) specify which role of these roles they would prefer and 2) submit a 250- to 300-word abstract specifying what they would like to present.
Please submit your proposal online by October 28th!