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2011 Conferences

The Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL program and the Frederick Douglass Institute are proud to announce the keynote speaker for the second Teacher Scholar Symposium (see her bio below) scheduled for June 16–17, 2011.

More information will be forthcoming. All proposals for presentations will be due by March 15, 2011. Please review the Call for Papers.

Speaker: Dr. Katherine K. Sohn

Born in North Carolina as the oldest of eight children, Kathy Sohn has held jobs as a volunteer in the American Peace Corps in India, as a rural organizer with the Office of Economic Opportunity, and as a counselor in the Maryland community college system. After moving with her husband to Appalachia in 1975, she initiated and directed the Pikeville College Center for Continuing Education, beginning in 1984 teaching college composition part-time. After she completed her doctorate at the age of fifty-three, she was hired full-time to teach composition as well as to design and coordinate the newly formed Writing Center.

Sohn’s dissertation, “Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia: Literacy Development Since College,” won the 2001 College Composition and Communication Conference James Berlin Outstanding Dissertation Award. She has published essays in College Composition and Communication and was a contributor to the collected volume Multiple Literacies for the Twenty-First Century. The book, Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia: Literacy Practices since College, based on her dissertation, was published in March 2006 by Southern Illinois University Press.

Dr. Sohn took her sabbatical for the 2006–2007 academic year in New York City, where she completed follow-up research on the children of the women participants in her original study. Presently, she is working to report those results in an article, “Mountain Echoes: Second Generation Postsecondary Choices.”

2010 Conferences

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Academic Literacies across Educational Contexts

February 27–28, 2010

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Sponsored by the Composition and TESOL program, ALI, and the English Department.

The English Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) will host the Academic Literacies Symposium on February 27 and 28, 2010. The aim of the Academic Literacies Symposium is to provide a space both for graduate students and faculty members to share research on the pedagogy and investigation of academic literacies across educational contexts. Some of the topics include, but are not limited to, academic literacy, literacy socialization, technology and academic literacy, and multimodal literacy practices. The symposium will highlight two distinguished scholars: Dr. Alan Hirvela from Ohio State University and Dr. Suresh Canagarajah from Pennsylvania State University. If you have any questions about this symposium, please contact Dr. Lisya Seloni at lisyaseloni@gmail.com or lisya.seloni@iup.edu

The 2010 Teacher-Scholar Symposium

Critical Perspectives on Teacher-Scholarship

Sponsored by Composition and TESOL and the Frederick Douglass Institute
Friday, September 24, 2010
7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Hadley Union Building [HUB]

The IUP English Department and the Frederick Douglass Institute proudly organized our first annual Teacher Scholar Symposium designed to stimulate an academic conference atmosphere and to foster collegiality among students and faculty in interdisciplinary approaches to teacher-scholarship work.

2009 Conferences

Distinguished Speaker: Dave Schaafsma

  • Event Title: The Lives of English Teachers: A Readers’ Theatre Performance
  • Event Date: November 18, 2009
  • Speakers:
    • Read By Dr. David Schaafsma (University of Illinois at Chicago)
    • Dr. Randi Dickson (Teachers College in New York)
    • Dr. Gian Pagnucci (IUP)
    • Narrated by Sarah Rutter (University of Illinois at Chicago)

To read more about the event, visit Lives of English Teachers.

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