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The Weekly Blast: April 10, 2009

EXERCISE OF THE WEEK:
In the exercise “Examining the Conversations that Surround Us” Denise Paster asks students to examine the conversations they engage in through class discussions, Facebook, text messages, etc as a way to prepare them for the textual conversation they will entire in the Adding to the Conversation unit. To see this exercise click here.

CELEBRATION OF WRITING FESTIVAL – MAY 13, 2009:
“Writing the Future Now” the fourth annual Writing Program’s Celebration of Writing will be held on May 13, 2009 from 11:30-3:00pm in Goodell. The keynote speaker will be Claudia Ricci, journalist, novelist and Huntington Post bloggist. The Celebration will include readings and displays from the Experimental Writing Workshop series, College Writing, Basic Writing, and Junior-Year Writing. The writers selected for the Student Anthology will honored as well as the announcement for the Best Text Contest winners. If you would like your class to participate in the festival please contact Peggy Woods.

TECH FELLOWS PRESENTATION – TUESDAY, APRIL 21 @ 4:00pm:
Interested in thinking about the ways technologies shape your teaching? Thinking about the digital literacies students bring to our writing classes? Want to hear more about the projects Tech Fellows are working through this semester? If so, please join us for conversation on 4/21 in Bartlett 101 at 4:00! The Tech Fellows will describe the projects they are working through this semester and if there’s time will discuss teaching with emerging technologies in general. This would be a great opportunity to hear about some interesting classroom practices and projects. Come to find out more about Tech Fellows!

DIVERSITY ON TAP!
All TO’s Welcome!

Diversity will not meet over Spring Break but will resume:

Thursday, April 16 at 8:00, the Diversity Tap will meet at

Moan and Dove in Amherst
Join members of the Diversity Committee to discuss issues related to writing and the classroom every Thursday evening! Bring questions, concerns, and classroom situations and enjoy a lively discussion!

DREAM SHEETS and PRACTICUM FORMS – FALL 2009
A packet of information containing the Dream Sheet and Practica form was put in your mail boxes on Wednesday, April 8. Please return the completed forms to the envelope on the bulletin board in the Writing Program office, room 305, no later than Friday, April 24.

A CALL TO QUEER/GAY/LESBIAN/GENDERQUEER/OTHERLY GENDERED TOs and FACULTY:
I'm looking for any of the above-identified folks who would be interested in
gathering for a small symposium/discussion on the intersections of gender,
sexuality, identity, and pedagogy in the teaching of writing. Some questions I'm
hoping to discuss might include: How do we situate ourselves in the classroom?
What does visibility mean to each of us? How do we position ourselves in
relation to the various "texts" in our classroom? What are our stories around
negotiating multiply positioned identities within student and institutional
gaze? Are queer and gender politics relevant to our individual pedagogies?

Please contact Morgan Lynn: mlynn@english.umass.edu if you would be interested
in this discussion. – Morgan Lynn

TO ALL ENGLWRIT 112 INSTRUCTORS:
As registration for next semester starts to swing into high gear, the Writing
Center is looking for interested students to apply for EN329H, Tutoring Writing:
Theory and Practice. If you have students in your class who demonstrate strong
peer-review skills and enjoy working with other student writers, we ask that you
encourage them to check out our website
(http://www.umass.edu/writingcenter/fpthome.html) for more information about the
course and how to apply for it. The deadline for applications is April 17th,
2009. We have also left informational flyers in all EN112 instructors'
mailboxes.

If you would be interested in having a tutor speak to your class about EN329H
and his/her experience with the course, or if you have any general questions
about the course/application process please contact Haivan Hoang or Chris
DiBiase at writingcenter@acad.umass.edu

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUMMER ‘09
On Wednesday, April 8, 2009 an announcement for summer employment opportunities was sent via email. Deadline to respond is Friday, April 17.

RESOURCE STAFF POSITION FOR 2009-10
The Resource Center has openings for two staff members for next year. The Resource Staff serve as mentors to first-year TOs and also work to enhance our teaching community. Resource Staff members visit and video tape first-year TOs, are involved in the planning and running of orientation, assist with the Resource Center on-line database, and attend biweekly meetings. This is a great opportunity to serve as a mentor and to experience a different aspect of teaching—the teaching of teachers.

The positions are for one year. However, it is possible to serve for two years. Resource Center staff members teach College Writing (EnglWrit 112) both semesters. Resource Center staff members also must be available for this year’s orientation which is August 31, September 1, 2, & 3, 2009 and for a planning day session during the week of August 24. Resource Staff positions also carry a higher stipend.

We think it is important the Resource Center be representative of our teaching staff so we welcome applications from people in the MFA program, in the MA/Ph.D program in all fields of English, and from other disciplines. Applicants must have taught College Writing (EnglWrit 112) for at least two semesters.

To apply, send a letter of interest by noon on Friday April 24, 2009 to Peggy Woods. Please include a brief philosophy of your teaching and the qualities you would bring as a mentor. Interviews will be arranged during the week of April 27th. Decisions will be made before the end of classes.

If you would like more information about this position please contact any member of the Resource Center staff: Leslie Bradshaw, Amber Engelson, Emma Howes, Mark Koyama, Denise Paster, or Peggy Woods.

IMPORTANT DATES:

April 16 Diversity on Tap, 8:00pm, Moan & Dove, Amherst

April 17 Student’s tutoring application deadline

Summer employment application deadline

April 21 Tech Fellow Presentation

April 24 Dream Sheet deadline

Resource Staff application deadline

May 13 Celebration of Writing

 
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