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2013 Travel Award Winner

CBW was pleased to award the 2013 Travel Award to Susan Naomi Bernstein at last night’s Special Interest Group Meeting.

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Susan, pictured here in purple with CBW Travel Award Committee Member Lynn Reid.

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2013 CBW/CCCC Fellowship

The Council on Basic Writing is pleased to announce the 2013 CBW/CCCC Fellowship, including $500 awarded to a teacher of basic writing to subsidize travel to CCCC in Las Vegas, Nevada in March 2013.

Apply Today!

Fellowship applications should include a comprehensive two-page letter that details the benefits of attending the CBW Workshop and CCCC. This letter should clearly and specifically address the following key issues:

How will attending the CBW Workshop and CCCC benefit the interests and needs of the students with whom you work?

How do you plan to share the information and ideas gathered at CCCC with colleagues?

How will this experience help you to become more active in advocating for students in basic writing (or other preparatory/developmental writing) courses?

A completed Fellowship application should include this letter, a current curriculum vita and, if applicable, the title and abstract of an accepted 2013 CCCC presentation.

Questions, concerns, and completed Fellowship applications should be forwarded by email to:

Dr. J. Elizabeth Clark
drjeclark@gmail.com

The CBW/CCCC Fellowship is intended to support basic writing (including preparatory and developmental writing) instructors who might otherwise have difficulty attending CCCC. Priority will be given to applicants who clearly demonstrate how attending the 2013 CBW workshop and CCCC will benefit their own professional development, their students, and their colleagues.

Fellowship applicants need not have had a paper accepted for presentation at CCCC. However, if presenting at the CCCC, titles and abstracts of papers should be included with the application.

The Fellowship winner should plan to attend the CBW Pre-Conference Workshop (the full Wednesday before CCCC). Also, the Fellowship recipient will be recognized and invited to speak briefly at the CBW SIG at CCCC.

January 12, 2013: Applications due

January 30, 2013: Award recipient notified

March 2013: Winner attends CBW workshop. Winner presents on professional interests at the CBW SIG & receives award.

 

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CBW 2012 Fellowship

The Council on Basic Writing is pleased to announce the 2012 CBW/CCCC Fellowship, including $500 awarded to a teacher of basic writing to subsidize travel to CCCC in St. Louis, in March, 2012.

The fellowship winner will also participate in the Council on
Basic Writing Pre-Conference Workshop.

Apply Today!

Fellowship applications should include a comprehensive two-page letter that details the benefits of attending the CBW Workshop and CCCC. This letter should clearly and specifically address the following key issues:

How will attending the CBW Workshop and CCCC
benefit the interests and needs of the students with whom
you work?

How do you plan to share the information and ideas
gathered at CCCC with colleagues?

How will this experience help you to become more active
in advocating for students in basic writing (or other
preparatory/developmental writing) courses?

A completed Fellowship application should include this letter, a current curriculum vita and, if applicable, the title and abstract of an accepted 2012 CCCC presentation.

Questions, concerns, and completed Fellowship applications should be forwarded by email or campus address to:

DR. SONYA L. ARMSTRONG
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF LITERACY EDUCATION
147 GABEL HALL
DEKALB, IL 60115
SARMSTRONG@NIU.EDU

The CBW/CCCC Fellowship is intended to support basic writing (including preparatory and developmental writing) instructors who might otherwise
have difficulty attending CCCC. Priority will be given to applicants
who clearly demonstrate how attending the 2012 CBW workshop and CCCC will benefit their own professional development, their students, and their colleagues.

Fellowship applicants need not have had a paper accepted for presentation at CCCC. However, if presenting at the CCCC, titles and abstracts of papers should be included with the application. The Fellowship winner should plan to attend the CBW Pre-Conference Workshop (the full Wednesday before CCCC).

Also, the Fellowship recipient will be recognized and invited to speak briefly at the CBW SIG at CCCC.

December 1, 2011: Applications due

January 30, 2012: Award recipient notified

March, 2012: Winner presents on professional interests at the CBW SIG

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Michelle L. Stevier on Her Experiences at CCCC 2011

Michelle L. Stevier, the recipient of this year’s CBW Travel Grant to CCCC wrote to the CBW Executive Board to express her thanks. We were so blown away by Michelle’s eloquence about her experiences attending CBW and CCCC and the ways she represented the conversations and community around Basic Writing that we asked her for her permission to post her letter. Our thanks to Michelle for letting us see CBW and CCCC through her eyes!

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I write to express my appreciation for the Council on Basic Writing Travel Grant. Thanks to you and the other members of the CBW, I was able to attend the 2011 CBW pre-conference workshop and the CCCC. Your generosity allowed me to renew my connection with CCC and enjoy in-person, professional conversations with my Basic Writing colleagues. These are opportunities I have not had since the mid-1990s.

Both the pre-conference workshop and the conference itself were extremely valuable experiences. In the CBW workshop, I had the opportunity to learn (first-hand and from some of the best, no less) about new Basic Writing scholarship and pedagogy. I appreciated Mary Soliday’s comments about “standards anxiety” and Basic Writing’s increasing distance from composition studies, an important topic that recurred in Wendy Olson’s presentation. While Melissa Ianetta and Joseph Turner talked about the University of Delaware’s “strategy instruction,” I began to consider how my institution might usefully connect Basic Writing with one of our most popular first-year history courses. The professor for this particular course has already expressed interest in incorporating writing pedagogy into his content course; he seems like an ideal candidate to help me develop this kind of program. Michael Hill’s presentation infused the room with a fantastic sense of collegiality as well as the kind of good energy that leads to productive activism. I also enjoyed the time we spent on a Basic Writing mission statement. This work helped me think through the mission of Basic Writing at my institution. Hearing what others believe BW can and should do was illuminating and inspiring.

I’m bolstered by the fact that my BW work seems well in line with others’ ideas about best BW educational practices; most importantly, though, I’ve been challenged to reconsider aspects of my teaching and our overall program in productive ways. Among other things, I need to consider and build upon Basic Writing’s connections to other programs at Dickinson State University. At DSU, as at so many institutions across the country, Basic Writing has become “somewhat distanced from composition studies” (Soliday) and connections and networks need to be rebuilt. Basic Writing isn’t separate from composition writ large; it has to be one step within a student-oriented composition program.

Once the CBW workshop was over, I began attending CCCC panels and individual presentations, so many of which were pertinent to my work as a Basic Writing instructor and Writing Center coordinator. The Council on Basic Writing special interest group meeting was useful and energizing, not just in terms of knowledge garnered, but in terms of contacts made and friendships begun. Another particularly valuable session was the panel on the public university (“Screaming in Silence: Accessibility, the Public University, and Existential Despair”). Here, I had the opportunity to listen to and talk with scholar-teachers whose Basic Writing programs are being downsized as the result of state budget cuts. Roused by panelists Susan Bernstein and Aaron Barlow (and by the paper of Rachel Rigolino, who was unable to attend), audience members couldn’t stop talking about the importance of Basic Writing programs and ways to keep these programs available to students who need them. Come fall, I look forward to sharing these panelists’ ideas at a brown-bag luncheon with my DSU colleagues. Their work seems like an exceptionally good starting point for our institutional discussions.

On Saturday, April 9, I joined my CBW colleagues at the CCC annual business meeting, and almost had the pleasure of speaking on behalf of Basic Writing and students’ and the profession’s needs. When two lines formed behind the floor microphones, CCC chair Dr. Gwendolyn Pough asked whether any of us were rising in objection to the BW State of the House resolution. No one was, so she requested a “so ordered” call.

After the CCC town meeting concluded, I started attending sessions again, and I rounded out my CCCC experience with these: “Instructor Feedback in ESL Writing Courses,” “Underdogs and Underprepareds: Issues in Teaching Basic Writing,” “Contesting Identities in Writing Centers: Theorizing Subject Positions, Practices, and Political Contexts,” and “Pedagogies of Passion: Exploring Enthusiasm in Teaching and Writing.”

All in all, my experiences at the CBW and CCCC were incredibly enriching. Although I’ve attended many conferences over the years, I have never before been able to say that I learned something of value in every session I attended. What’s more, my conference involvement has enabled me to get to know Basic Writing and Writing Center colleagues, and I believe their mentoring will prove invaluable in the days ahead. The CBW’s greatest gift to me may well be the colleagues I met, through whom I can stay connected to the profession and maintain the all-important “support group” of which Michael Hill spoke during his pre-conference presentation. It helps so much, as he noted, to have “a group to which [one] can point and say, ‘I’m NOT the outlier. THIS is the field.’” In the CBW workshop, I was reminded that I am not alone in my BW efforts; I realized that I have a wealth of talented, energetic, activist colleagues as a support system. As tired as I am as my institution ends its academic year, I find myself excited about the summer ahead, which will be a summer of planning and preparation. This fall, in addition to developing a series of brown bag luncheons and other gatherings, all based in discussions related to Basic Writing and so-called Basic Writers, I intend to launch a program that actively recruits former Basic Writing students as Writing Center tutors. At the center of all these activities will be the inspiration, energy, and wisdom I gained from my experiences at the Atlanta CCCC.

Thank you for helping to make my conference attendance a possibility. Thank you, all.

Sincerely,

Michelle L. Stevier

Adjunct Instructor in Basic Writing
Coordinator, Tutoring and Writing Centers & Supplemental Instruction

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CBW Awards, 2011

Michelle Stevier, Dickinson State University, was this year’s recipient of the Council on Basic Writing’s Travel Grant. Michelle Zollars of Patrick Henry Community College won the 2011 Innovations Award. Gregory Glau and Peter Adams presented the awards. [l-r: Stevier, Glau, Zollars, Adams]

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