Conference Proposal

Sample Conference Papers

OK, so: I waited until I thought you probably had most of a draft out to share these recent conference papers by me, requested by you, because there really ISN’T one “right” way to do them. It varies according to speaker, audience/occasion, and topic. Here, though, are the last few conference “papers” I delivered. Note that one is actually a Pecha Kucha, not a paper at all, and another is more like a workshop. These do not represent every way I’ve ever done presentations, all the conferences I’ve been to, or all the topics I’ve worked on: it’s just what I happened to do the last few times. That said, I hope they are of help to you.

  • Computers and Writing Conference (CWCon) 2019: CFP | panel proposal
  • CRCon2018 (Cultural Rhetorics): CFP | panel proposal | paper | PPT
    • Note this is MUCH longer than usual. We had only two people in a panel built for 3, so I wound up absorbing some of what our absent co-presenter was going to speak on, to set up the next speaker. This ran about 25 minutes when delivered. Also, I got to the room and realized my “slide” notes were wrong, so I had to fix that by hand on my reading-copy.
  • ELLI 2018: proposal | paper | PPT 
    • I applied to be part of the Pecha Kucha session. As such, I had limitations on how I presented. (I really “shouldn’t” have written remarks, but I was very worried about making my points in only 20 seconds per slide.
  • Lilly Conference 2018: Presentation outline | Resources for attendees
    • Sessions at Lilly are more like workshops, or round tables; as such, we did not write a paper, but kind of planned our remarks. It is also expected that attendees will leave with resources. Some folks gave handouts; we set up a web page.
  • CRCon2016: proposal | paper

In class tomorrow night, we’ll talk conferences and conferencing, share drafts, and prepare for our conference night.

Annotated Bib, Area 3, Conference Proposal

Writing Workshop 11/14

I am out of town at the Cultural Rhetorics Conference at Michigan State University until late Sunday, November 18th. We will not, then, meet as a class this week OR next (due to the holiday)

11/14 tasks

Please use the time this week to complete your conference proposal, and the annotated bibliography you have been working on to support the development of that project. Upload these documents and the conference CFP (call for proposals) before midnight on Sunday, November 18th. This week, you are asked to read Hayot, Ch. 13-17.

11/21 tasks

Next week is Thanksgiving, so we won’t meet then either! (I know! Bad timing.) By the time we return on 11/28, you should: 1) complete reading Hayot (to end), and 2) generate as complete a draft as you can of your conference paper.

Please note: I intend to share my CRCon paper with you once it’s complete, in case that helps with the concerns addressed in our last class re. what conference papers “should” look like. I’ll post it here when it’s done. I might also dig up another couple, for other conference/audiences, because my way is just one way, and even mine look different depending on my topic and the conference. You should also look at conference proceedings, for more varied samples, and, perhaps, talk to folks about their presentations (particularly those for the conference or audience YOU are writing for).

For 11/28

Bring a complete draft of your conference paper for a peer review workshop!

Annotated Bib, Area 3, Class Plan, Conference Proposal, Final Portfolio

Research Statement, Social Media Use, and Workshopping!

Catching up: Interviews, Lacks Family visit


I’m not sure how much we’ll need to refer back to these tonight, but I wanted them handy, so:

Sharing Drafts: Research Statement

Let’s begin by seeing what you’ve done so far with research statements. Do you want to work in pairs, small groups, or as a class?

Social Media Use in the Academy

As part of our online class last week, you were asked to do some thinking/exploring on social media use in the academy. What did you find? (…should we add them to the resources page?) What do you think? What ideas do you have? What concerns do you have?

Workshop time!

Some options:

  • Do you need/want to workshop conference proposals?
  • Should we concentrate on research/writing (feeding into your annotated bib, due next week, and your conference paper?)
  • Do we want to explore professional portfolios?

One I’m thinking about for the near future

  • Some practice in public speaking. Do you want to practice delivering conference papers?

For next week

  • I will be at CRCon at MSU, so we will not be meeting. Your annotated bib + your conference proposal. (please include the CFP!) is due to Blackboard that week. Because I’ll be traveling, I’ll give you a bit of extra time on it: please post it by 11:59 pm on Sunday 11/18.


Annotated Bib, Area 3, Conference Proposal, Final Portfolio

Professional Documents (2:2)-ONLINE class

As discussed, we’ve moved tonight’s class online to give you some space to celebrate Halloween. Please find a few hours this week to engage in what we would otherwise have done together tonight, detailed below.

Generate a draft of your statement of research interests

This will be one of the items I want to see in your final portfolio (alongside your c.v. and conference paper). The purpose in having you write this is to try to articulate your research interests, goals, and plans for the next few years. (I know many of you plan to do alt-ac work after your degree. That’s fine. You’ll be doing research while you’re here, though, and presumably you want your research interests to connect to and inform the work you plan to do later, so this gives you a chance to map yourself from here to there.)

In working on this, please go back and make use of the readings/resources assigned for this week, linked below for your convenience. You might also do some googling and see if you can find samples from scholars you admire and/or scholars working in your interest areas.

If you need help, don’t hesitate to email me, or stop by this week. (I’ll be in the lab/CFO 104 on Friday from 9-12, then in the Professional Development workshop in CFO 129 from 1-3).

As you write this, remember what all you’ve already written! Your goals statement and the Field-Forum-Audience analysis should help with this. (If you get really stuck, you might find it generative to do a map, like the assignment we cut.)

Bring your draft with you next week so we can give you feedback!

Explore social media use in the academy

Based on our discussion the last few weeks, I thought we should talk about social media use as an academic. To that end, I gave you a few readings. The goal of them was to set up a conversation, and some exploration, this week. Please take some time to poke around and see how others are using social media for self-promotion, scholarship, and/or teaching. We can converse some here, or we can save them until we get back next week. I’m curious about your findings and your thoughts. (Would you all like to have a workshop setting up online portfolios next week? I’m happy to teach you how to use WordPress for this, and to suggest other possibilities, too. Let me know in the comments, okay?)

Work on your conference proposal/annotated bib

Bring the CFP and your conference proposal draft for feedback next week.

How is your research going? Are there questions regarding the annotated bib? Are you finding what you need? How can I/we help you?

For next time

Annotated Bib, Area 3, Conference Proposal, Final Portfolio

Professional Documents (1:2) + Conference Proposal Workshop


Did you all get registered for the upcoming mock interview?

(I got a list last week, and it didn’t have all of you on it. If you want, I’ll pull it up and check your status at the time of receipt?)

C.V. workshop

Your final portfolio will need to include some professional documents, including a c.v. and a statement of research/professional interests. I want, then, to spend some time workshopping these with you.

C.V.s can take on different organizational schemes, depending on the type of school working at/applied to. Some academics also put a lot of effort into visually branding themselves through this document. For others, it’s kind of plain Jane document.

Often this is not even wholly up to the academic. For example, I have two version of mine: one using TWU’s format, which doesn’t even allow for bold subheadings, and one I’ve tweaked. I used to even have heavily designed mastheads on these documents, but the internal TWU format doesn’t allow for that now. Despite that, I have seen the more carefully designed c.v.s (NOT the ones that look like ours) receive a warmer reception when we are determining which applicants we might want to know more about. (It doesn’t GET you the job, but it CAN help you stand out. Note that you can stand out in the wrong ways, too, though, and be very thoughtful about your choices in design. In my “tweaked TWU format cv” I’ve only broken “the rules” in ways that I think help the reader, and I pick and choose when to use which version very carefully.

C.V. Readings

“Writing and Rewriting the c.v.” + “Learning from Other’s CVs” + “Sharing Success in New Ways” + “To Get Job Outside Academe, Focus Résumé on Real-World Experience”

C.V. Samples

TWU’s terrible template

C.V. Resources

  • “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 c.v. for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           non-­‐academic positions.)
  • “How to Make Your Application Stand Out” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
  • “How to Write CVs” (The Professor is In)

Sample Résumés

Résumé Resources

Setting up Professional Portfolio space

At some point, you will want a professional portfolio (if only to hang on to materials you may use later in your writing, or to choose from when it comes time to submit your exit portfolio, required for programmatic assessment. That exit portfolio includes writing samples–usually, but not always, a chapter from your thesis. When you chose something else for the writing sample, you are expected to include the assignment sheet. Archiving it all can therefore be pretty handy. We’ll set up an archive in Google docs today (if you haven’t already) so you’ll have someplace to keep these, long term.

Portfolios created for professional purposes (like the job market) tend to be housed online (I have used both custom built sites on my own or university domains, and WordPress, for this). I want to take the opportunity to LOOK at some online portfolios, and brainstorm how you might want to represent yourself moving forward.


Conference Proposal Assignment (due 11/14, with annotated bib)

  • Write a proposal to an academic or professional conference, chosen by you for its suitability for the work proposed. The length of the proposal will be determined by the CFP (call for papers). Attach a copy of the CFP to your proposal when you hand it in.
    • You do not have to actually submit to this conference. You will, however, actually write this conference paper and create whatever supporting documents are necessary for presenting this work during our final exam period. This work will also form the centerpiece of your final portfolio, so be sure to document your research and writing processes as you go; you may want that process material available for your portfolio as well.

What conferences have you chosen? Are you really submitting? When is the CFP due? Did you bring drafts to share (or would you benefit from some time brainstorming or writing)?

Discussion of reading (Booth) and next steps

For next time

Annotated Bib, Area 3, Class Plan, Conference Proposal, Research Proposal

Research Workshop

Continued discussion of Lacks, research ethics, and your findings.)

  • What articles did you find? What did you read and annotate?
  • What was it like sharing a document?
  • Did/how did this experience (reading this text, doing exploratory research) feed into your research proposal?
  • What did this experience highlight for you regarding your research, critical reading, and citation/annotation skills? What do you feel you do well? What do you want to keep working to get better at? (…and how can we help?)
  • Would you like to continue our conversation on research ethics? I gathered some foundational texts on research involving human subjects (below). These led to the creation of the modern IRB system. I’ve also linked you to TWU’s IRB.


Brainstorming workshop (re. your research proposal).

One of my favorite events is the Graduate Research Network at Computers and Writing. I’d like to round table explore your research proposals in the same sorts of ways one might at this event.

Branching off that, let’s consider how to develop the ideas you’ve pitched, and explore possible conferences.

For next time:

Area 2, Area 3, Methodology Map, Research Proposal

Henrietta Lacks + Research Skills + Research Proposal

SYLLABUS CHANGE: Cutting  Area 2, Part 3: Methodology Map

I have decided to cut Area 2, Part 3: Methodology Exploration Map + Description (WAS due 10/31, 5%)

Let’s decide what to do with the 5% of the course grade allotted to it.

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

If you were running a class discussion on this work, how would you proceed? (OK, let’s try that! Because if you haven’t had to do this yet, you will!)

  • We decided to divide the text into three parts, one for each table. We talked at the tables, and reported back to the class for further discussion.

A few things I hope we’ll discuss (again, in support of our research skills workshop, coming up next!):

  • General impressions?
  • How does this connect to your discipline/areas of specialization/research interests?
  • What other disciplines do you think talk about this work? How? Why? Where would we find those publications? How might they overlap with those in our own discipline?
  • What curiosities do you have? What research trajectories might this launch?

Research Time! Creating a Working Bibliography and Annotated Bibliography

Let’s take some time to do a bit of exploratory research for scholarship related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  I’d like each of us to find at least three articles to add to this working bibliography.

  • BEFORE WE BEGIN: What guidelines/structure should we set up? What citation style are we using (and why?) What resources will help you with citation, style, etc? Do we want a shared research question? Do you each want to pursue your own? Should you then share your question (and perhaps where/how you searched) in our working bib, or should we just put the sources in, and let them speak for themselves?

For next week’s class, you’ll skim and scan and read however many articles you’re called to with this one provision: you are each to add to this document two annotations (or précis?) —one on an article chosen by you, and one on an article chosen by a colleague.

In our next class (10/17) we’ll open by discussing the experience, with the goal of continuing to hone your reading and research skills.

At your request, we worked on these from home. Please have your finds/choices added to the list by midnight Friday. Please have your annotations done before class next week.

Research Précis vs. Annotated Bibliography:

What is the difference between these annotations and précis, to you? I was taught that a précis speaks of my own work, but I know folks that use this almost interchangeably with annotation, and others that say annotations tend to be brief summaries and précis tend to be critical evaluations AND summary, of greater length…. And then Dr. Thompson teaches the précis as a four-sentence summary (a heck of a lesson in concision). What do YOU think? I raise this point to suggest when you hear this term, you attend to context cues (or just ask) to ensure your definition and theirs match up!

Resources: Annotated Bibliographies

Resources: Research Précis

Exploring Area 3 + Starting 3.1: The Research Proposal

Our next project sequence connects to the final portfolio. Area 3 requires that you develop a research proposal, then a conference proposal, and an annotated bibliography. In the final portfolio, you’ll write that conference presentation and produce whatever supporting documents or presentation materials are required (and deliver that talk to us, during the final exam period).

I guess my first question is: do you want to work on something related to Lacks? You can (but do not have to!) What projects do you want to share/discuss with others? What conferences might be good fits for them?

For next week, you are asked to create your research proposal. Let’s talk a bit about that process, and the larger writing sequence this is a part of.

Here’s the prompts.

  • Part 1: Research Proposal (due to Canvas 10/17, 5%)
    • I have NOT written a prompt for this. I’d like us to navigate the purposes of this genre and this project, and determine together what that means you’ll need to include in the proposal. I’d like, also, to discuss some of the different types of proposals you’ll write as part of your academic work/writing.
    • See the comments below for the guidance we came up with collaboratively. 
  • Part 2: Conference Proposal (due 10/24, 5%)–we moved this one to be due the same date as the annotated bib, 11/14.
    • Write a proposal to an academic or professional conference, chosen by you for its suitability for the work proposed. (You do not have to actually submit to this conference. You will, however, actually write this conference paper and create whatever supporting documents are necessary for presenting this work during our final exam period. This work will also form the centerpiece of your final portfolio, so be sure to document your research and writing processes as you go; you may want that process material available for your portfolio as well.
  • Part 3: Annotated Bibliography (due 11/14, 10%)–we raised the percentage on this one to 15%.
    • Write an critical annotated bibliography, organized around the research question(s) at the heart of your proposed conference presentation. You must include a variety of source types a minimum of 12 relevant, high quality sources, representing a range of perspectives and including both expository and argumentative genres.  For each source, create an academic-styled works cited entry (using the style appropriate to the discipline and audience of the intended work) and compose a summary and evaluation of the source. Include a critical narrative of your findings. This may be a stand-alone document, or may be structured as a critical introduction to thematic sections of the bibliography (or…. other, as suits your findings and purpose).
  • These all culminate in your final portfolio, which includes writing and delivering the conference paper at the center of all this (to us, during the final exam period).

Resources, Research Proposals

What experience do you have writing in this genre? What advice and examples can we find to support you in this?

Here’s a few I found.

Note that I do NOT expect a full review of literature in one week’s time….

Here’s how I taught my FYC writers to do this, just today.

For next time

  • Read from our working bib, and annotate two sources.
  • Develop your research question and a research proposal. Post your research proposal to Blackboard by class time 10/17.
    • Choose a conference that would be a good fit for your topic/paper/approach. You do NOT have to actually apply, BUT you will write a proposal for this conference (due 10/24). We’ll work on this in class on 10/17. Bring what you need to write!
  • Looking ahead: on 10/24 we will have a c.v. workshop. If you haven’t already, put one together so we can start with that draft.
Area 2, Area 3, Field-forum-audience, Final Portfolio, Read-around

Professional Self-Representation

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:

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:

C.V. Workshop

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.

CV Samples

CV Resources

Sample Résumés:

Résumé Resources:

Considering Portfolios

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

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?