NEWCA Conference 2010 Proposal is HERE!

2010 Call for Proposals


NEWCA: Images

Boston University, Boston, MA

Saturday, April 10, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 11, 8:30 am to 11:00 am

Proposals due by December 31, 2009

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Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Shine Cain, Ph.D.

Professor of Writing, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Merrimack College

Director, Merrimack College Writing Center

Co-recipient (with Dr. Michael Rossi) of the Ron Maxwell Award for distinguished leadership at the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, 2005

Lunch Speaker: Anne West, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in the Division of Graduate Studies, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Faculty Mentor/Graduate Liaison, RISD Writing Center

Instructor, The Summer Program in English Language Studies, RISD

Conference Theme: NEWCA: Images

As the saying goes, “Image is everything.” For our 2010 NEWCA conference, we are calling for proposals that explore the concepts of images and writing centers. The theme of this year’s conference gives us the opportunity to consider theories and practices of visual representations in relation to our writing center work.

The rhetoric of the visual world provides us with intriguing metaphors, lenses and frameworks to explore writing center lore and research. We encourage investigation of how writing centers’ images are created: what practices need to be enlarged or cropped; what stories are told and left untold; and what needs to be re-imaged, re-imagined and re-focused.

We invite proposals for workshops, roundtable discussions and panel presentations that investigate questions such as:

  • What are the visual representations of writing centers? How are these representations created? Who is responsible for creating and maintaining these visual representations?
  • Where and how are views of the writing center projected to others? What are the goals and purposes of our projections?
  • How are the images of the writing center client, tutor, and administrator changing?
  • Who frames, or makes the borders for, our writing centers?  How are those frames and borders constructed?
  • How is the changing image of the nation helping us to re-imagine ourselves? What images of diversity are present in our writing centers?
  • Do, and should, our writing centers serve as reflections or refracted images of our institutions?
  • How is technology helping us change our image of ourselves and our students?
  • How do we advertise and market our image to others? How are websites, blogs, Facebook, podcasts, and Twitter helping us change the image of writing centers?
  • Is there a writing center brand? What images are associated with this brand? How was the brand developed? How will the brand change in the future?
  • How are writing center images affected by doing even more with less? How do we grow and manage ourselves if we have fewer means? How do we enlarge our images with fewer physical means but more technological options?
  • What new perspectives are emerging in writing center practice and theory? What new lenses are available or needed for our work? Where is there a need for greater clarity?
  • In what ways are design and arrangement important to creating our writing center space? What designs and arrangements in our centers are intentional? What designs and arrangements in centers are accidental?
  • In what ways is a writing center a collage?  In what ways is it a cohesive, unified graphic?  What are the implications of either of these?
  • Is the writing center or writing center scholarship a static image, or a moving picture?  What are the benefits and constraints of these two conceptions?  How do they apply to real-world scholarship or practice?
  • How do we assist students writing about images? How do we help students incorporate visuals into their texts?
  • How do we enable students to read visual texts including art, graphic novels, advertisements, and websites?  How do we teach students to analyze visual rhetoric?

As in recent years, we would like to continue to reach out to community college and high school writing centers in order to include more voices and perspectives in our ongoing discussion. We also highly encourage tutors and first-time presenters to send in proposals.  We welcome presentations of original scholarship and research in formats that foster active dialogue with conference participants.

Historically, successful presentations are dynamic exchanges between audience members comprised of peer tutors, graduate students and other writing center professionals and faculty. And, as a result of feedback from recent conferences, we continue to encourage proposals for the facilitation of roundtable discussions. Your proposed workshop, roundtable or panel should actively involve the audience.

Proposal Guidelines

Please prepare a 250- to 500-word proposal and a 75-word abstract for a 20-minute individual presentation or a 75-minute interactive workshop, roundtable, or panel.

Please include the following information in your proposal:

  • Proposer’s name, position (i.e., tutor, director, etc), institution, institutional or home address, telephone number, and email address
  • Presenters’ names with title and contact information, as above
  • Title of presentation, a one-page description of presentation, and a 75-word abstract for inclusion in the conference program
  • Type of session (i.e., panel presentation, roundtable discussion, workshop presentation)
  • Specific audiovisual and technical requests (NOTE: Presenters should plan to bring their own laptop computers and adapters)

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the conference theme and application to a broad audience of writing center tutors and administrators.  Submissions will also be reviewed on the basis of originality (novel perspectives, approaches, and methods), interactivity (audience participation vs. oral delivery of an essay), and clarity.

Proposal Submission

Submit your proposal by December 31, 2009, electronically to the chair of the NEWCA Proposal Reading Committee, Pat Morelli, at You may submit your proposal as an MS Word attachment or in the body of your email. For more information about submitting proposals, please contact Pat Morelli via the above email address.

Sharing our Histories at NEWCA 2010

We will also provide resources for people interested in archiving writing center materials at their home institutions or with a centralized archive such as the Writing Center Archive at the University of Louisville or the National Archive for Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island

NEWACC Workshop: WAC Images, WAC Identities

On Sunday, from 8:30-11:30, the Northeast Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium will hold a workshop entitled, “WAC Images, WAC Identities.”  During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to take part in a series of roundtables related to the workshop theme.  If you would like to lead a roundtable, contact the NEWACC chair, Michelle Cox, at michelle.cox@bridgew.ed.  Participation in the workshop is free to those registered for the conference and a $30 charge for those only attending the workshop.

For More Information

For other questions related to the conference, email the NEWCA chair, Kathryn Nielsen-Dube, at or call her at 978.837.3551

For more information about the conference, registration, or scholarship opportunities, visit the NEWCA website at

For more information about the NEWCA organization, events and online discussions, visit our blog at

We hope to see you at NEWCA 2010!


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