Announcement || Rethinking Our Narratives of “Development” | SouthWestern Ontario Writing Centre Symposium, December 11, York University

Rethinking our Narratives of “Development”

Tuesday, December 11th | York University

Featured talk
Dr. Karen-Elizabeth Moroski, Reconsidering Our Rhetorics: Recentering Writing Centre Work To Support Translingual Writing

Please register by Friday November 16th.
Registration

Symposium website


The notion of the “development” of the student writer runs through writing centre narratives. Here at York University’s Writing Centre, our department’s constitution, mission statement, and practiced introductions with new students all clarify that we’re interested in supporting the development of student writers rather than the perfection of student writing. This frees us from taking on the urgency of our students’ deadlines, and serves as a straightforward rationale for our refusals to proofread work on behalf of student writers. However, it raises significant questions about how we conceptualize “development.”

  • What are the assumptions about “good” or “acceptable” writing that inform our understandings of “development”?
  • How are we communicating these standards to our students?
  • What are we telling them they need to learn or do in order to “become better writers”?
  • What forces pressure us to act as gatekeepers, helping to strip away the aspects of student writers’ languages, cultures, or identities that don’t belong in the academy, and what opportunities do we have to resist these pressures?

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Job posting || Specialist in Professional/Technical Writing and Digital Rhetorics/Humanities, Department of English at the University of Prince Edward Island

Specialist in Professional/Technical Writing and Digital Rhetorics/Humanities

 From the job posting:

The Department of English at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, invites applications for a 10-month term position in professional/technical communication, digital rhetorics/humanities, and writing in the disciplines. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

Studies in writing, communication, and rhetoric is a growing area at UPEI, providing intellectual, pedagogical, and administrative leadership in writing and rhetoric in/across the curriculum (WID/WAC). This position requires teaching and leadership in professional/technical writing and digital rhetoric/new media. Writing faculty also contribute to teaching courses in first-year writing, with opportunities to teach literature and contribute to an emergent digital humanities area. We value liberal arts outcomes and student-centred, active, and experiential teaching and learning styles.

Minimum qualifications: 

The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field. The candidate also must demonstrate (1) clear and relevant evidence of teaching experience and a commitment to teaching excellence; (ii) evidence of active scholarship, with a well-defined research agenda; (iii) the ability to work effectively with increasingly diverse students, culturally and linguistically; and (iv) an interest in contributing to a vibrant and intellectually engaged department.

Start Date: 

August 15, 2015

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a list of three references. Applications should be emailed, as PDF documents, directly to the Chair of English: Dr. Greg Doran at mailto:gdoran@upei.ca.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is July 17, 2015.