Thinking about Conferences
In our “Area 3: On Research and Writing” assignment sequence, you are asked to develop a research proposal (due 10/17), a conference proposal (due 10/24), and an annotated bibliography (due 11/14, supporting a conference paper due in the final portfolio). To get us started thinking on this work, you were asked to do the following:
- Browse/explore/read conference proceedings: Making the Connection: Language and Academic Achievement among African American Students. Proceedings of a Conference of the Coalition on Language Diversity in EducationOR Conference Proceedings, Center for the Study of Rhetoric in Society OR Rhetorics Change/Rhetoric’s Change(RSA, 2016) OR find one of your own!
- Search the internet and see if you can find examples of people delivering conference talks (preferably in our field).
- Locate a CFP (or two or three) for conference you are interested in. Search their websites for old convention programs (to read the abstracts for sessions).
Let’s discuss your exploration of conference proceedings. (I’ve brought with me some sample conference programs for your perusal. Don’t let me forget to hand them around!)
Writing a Conference Proposal
What conferences did you find that you might be interested in? (Let’s play with creating a proposal for it!) Here’s the basic framework I was taught:
One of the documents you will include in your final portfolio is your c.v. I wanted, then, to spend some time working on these together. Please put together a c.v. (or revise your existing c.v.). In the next week or so, I’ll open a dropbox so you can hand these in to me for feedback. Let’s walk through some samples (and resources) to help you with this process.
- Cheryl Ball
- Danielle Nicole Devoss
- Gail Hawisher
- Aimee Knight
- Karen Lunsford
- Andrea Lunsford
- (Who else would you like to look up?)
- TWU cv format
- “Your C.V. Should Inform, Your Cover Letter Should Persuade” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- “Am I My Vita?” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- “The CV Doctor” (Series, The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- “From CV to 1-‐Page Résumé” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed. On modifying your cv for non-‐academic positions.)
- “How to Make Your Application Stand Out” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- “Howto Write CVs” (The Professor is In)
- “!0 Creative Résumés that Have Gone Viral” (Business Insider)
- “27 Beautiful Résumés You’ll Want to Steal”
- “(The) 22 Best Résumés Any Company Has Ever Received” (Don’t be these guys.)
- Chronological (Microsoft Template)
- Functional (Microsoft Template)
- “How a Student Used Lego to Build the Ultimate Résumé ” (Mashable)
- “Sample Résumé and Cover Letters” (from Harvard Extension School)
- “12 Myths About Writing your Résumé ” (Forbes)
- “How to Organize a Gosh-‐Darn Good Résumé ” (Codequeeze. A rhetorical view.)
- “How to Make a Résumé ” (WikHow, actually. But it provides good coverage of the basic ways of organizing: chronological, functional, and combination.)
- “How to Write the Perfect Résumé ” (Business Insider. General advice from career experts.)
- “How to Write a Great Résumé and Cover Letter” (Harvard Extension School)
- “Résumé Workshop” (Purdue OWL)
- “This is What a Good Résumé Should Look Like” (CareerCup. Visual!)
- “What Résumé Format Is Best for You?” (Quintessential Careers. Includes samples.)
Do you have a digital portfolio? Where? What’s its purpose? What is in it? How might you need to retool (or remake) it going forward?
Looking Ahead: Field-Forum-Audience Analysis
- Part 1: The Read-around (due 10/3, 10%)
- Part 2: Field-Forum-Audience Analysis (due 10/10, 5%) It’s probably time to explore this one (unless you all want to wait until next week, when you hand in the first?)
- Part 3: Methodology Exploration Map + Description (due 10/31, 5%)
For next time:
- Read from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (How far should we read? We have two weeks to cover the whole thing. I’m thinking Parts I and II?)
- As you read, consider: 1) What conversations might people in your field be having about this text? 2) How does it connect to your own interests?