Call for Papers: MCEA Conference on Fri. October 16 and Sat. October 17, 2015

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    Janet Ruth Heller

    Call for Papers:  MCEA Conference on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2015

    Theme:  Conflicts and Resolutions

    Featured Luncheon Speaker:  Poet Linda Nemec Foster

    Location:  Davenport University, Robert W. Sneden Center, 6191 Kraft Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512 

    We live in a society that has conflict among different social, ethnic, and economic groups.  Various nations experience inner turmoil and engage in wars with other countries.  What conflicts do we find in literature?  What disagreements arise in colleges and universities among faculty members, students, and administrators?  How do we handle conflict in our classrooms?  How do we find resolutions?  We welcome scholarly papers and creative writing about conflict and resolution, including the topics below.

    fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction            professional expectations/evaluation

    classroom management                                      teaching composition, literature, linguistics

    preparing students for the work world                  English departments and our society

    research                                                                the lives of our students

    curriculum development                                       the creative process

    computer or on-line instruction                             union/administration differences

    race, class, and gender studies                           film studies

    The Michigan College English Association invites proposals for individual papers and for complete or open panels for our Fall 2015 conference.  We welcome proposals from experienced academics as well as from young scholars and graduate students.  We encourage a variety of papers, including pedagogical and scholarly essays as well as poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from creative writers.  Graduate students with the best scholarly paper and the best creative writing will receive awards.  To qualify for graduate student awards, the completed papers must be submitted to Janet Heller by October 1, 2015.

    Although we are calling for papers and panels that reflect the conference theme, we also welcome proposals in the variety of areas that English and Writing departments encompass: composition and rhetoric; computers and writing; critical pedagogy; critical studies in the teaching of English; cultural studies; developmental education; English as a second language; literary studies; multicultural literature; on-line English courses and the virtual university; popular culture; progressive education; reading and writing across the curriculum; student demographics; student/instructor accountability and assessment; student placement; study skills; and technical writing.

    Proposals are due by September 27, 2015.  Early submissions are welcome.  Please submit specific proposals to Janet Heller, Program Chair, via email at  Please specify your needs for audio-visual equipment and the best date and time of day for your presentation.


    Nicky Agate

    Janet: I’ve crossposted this in the news section of the Commons Newswire.




    Janet Ruth Heller

    Dear Nicky Agate,

    Thank you for your help with publicizing this conference!  Best wishes!  Janet

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