College English Association Call for Proposals—Due November 1

CEA 49th Annual Conference



April 5-April 7, 2018 | Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront

333 1st St South, Saint Petersburg, Florida  33701 | Phone: (727) 894-5000

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge crosses Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg, called the Sunshine City in honor of its Guinness Record for most consecutive days of sunshine (768). St. Petersburg is home to historic neighborhoods, distinguished museums, contemporary galleries, and a wide variety of dining, entertainment and shopping venues.

St. Petersburg is also home to the College English Association’s 2018 national conference, where we invite you to join us at our annual meeting to explore the many bridges that connect places, texts, communities, words, and ideas.

CEA invites proposals from academics in all areas of literature, language, film, composition, pedagogy, and creative, professional, and technical writing. We are especially interested in presentations that build bridges between and among texts, disciplines, people, cultures, media, languages, and generations.

For your proposal you might consider:

  • Bridges between disciplines, languages, or generations
  • Bridges between races, classes, cultures, regions, genders, or sexualities.
  • Cultural or ideological bridges in literary, scholarly, or theoretical works
  • The bridge as construct, form, metaphor, motif, or icon
  • Connections between text and images or sound
  • Bridges between theory and practice, reading and writing, writer and audience
  • Building bridges between teaching and scholarship; faculty and administrators; professors and students
  • Bridges as physical artifacts and symbols of industry and technology
  • Digital humanities as a bridge between worlds
  • What bridges connect, support, and pass over

General Program

In addition to our conference theme, we also welcome proposals in any and all of the areas English and writing departments encompass.  We also solicit papers on all areas that influence our lives as academics as well as those that address the profession broadly.

Submission: August 15-November 1, 2017

For more information on how to submit, please see the full CFP at


All presenters at the 2018 CEA conference must become members of CEA by January 1, 2018. To join CEA, please go to

Other questions? Please email


OCTELA Call for Proposals


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REVITALIZE: Getting Back to Teaching

February 23-24, 2018

DoubleTree Hotel – Columbus-Worthington

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Call for Proposals

Deadline: December 20, 2017 (11:59 p.m. PT)

In the last six years, there have been numerous changes at the state and federal level concerning what teachers should teach and what students should learn. As educators, we have seen the introduction of new learning standards, new assessments, new report cards, Race to the Top, a waiver for No Child Left Behind, a reauthorization of ESSA, and a new evaluation system that includes student growth measures such as valued-added, vendor assessments, and student learning objectives.  Additionally, we have seen a replacement of the PARCC Assessments with assessments developed by the American Institute of Research and a revision of Ohio’s New Learning Standards that were only in place for a couple of years.

Through all these changes, teachers in the state of Ohio have remained resilient. We know the impact that we have on students each and every day. We know what true growth in our classrooms is.  As we debate these changes with our colleagues, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the constant turnover in policy.

“Revitalize” means to make something active, healthy, and energetic again.  In times of rapid change, revitalization becomes increasingly important, not only as policy is translated into practice, but also in order to maintain our local communities and professional networks, to increase our engagement within the content areas we teach, and to promote pride in our students.  “Revitalize” as a conference theme, then, is both a doing – a dynamic, conscious effort to sustain our work – and an invitation to reclaim the interests and practices of our teaching that help us best meet the needs of our students.

We want to know what you have done in the last several years to advance the interests of your students.

  • What lessons do you think are the most important?
  • What lessons do you think have had the most impact on your students’ lives?
  • How have the new standards helped or hindered your ability to teach students?
  • How have the new assessments impacted your teaching?
  • How do you truly measure student growth in your classroom?

And in the interest of “revitalizing” our conference, we are revamping the breakout sessions to encourage active participation, collaborative work, networking, and community building. To that end, we are open to many presentation styles, including

  • Individual or Panel Presentations: 45-minute breakout sessions that engage the audience
  • Roundtables: 45-minute discussions led by roundtable facilitators on a special topic or issue.
  • Workshops: 90-minute sessions in which participants make something, led by workshop facilitator.
  • Posters: 48-inch by 36-inch visual presentations displayed in main areas of the conference.

In planning this conference, OCTELA is committed to advancing the education of students in the state of Ohio and meeting the professional development needs of teachers throughout the state. We are committed to helping teachers meet the challenges set before them.  We are eager to know what you bring to the discussion.  How can you help your fellow educators that are struggling through these challenges? What can you offer them professionally?

We look forward to your amazing proposals!

Ready to submit?  Access our proposal submission form.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: CEAO Spring Conference at Xavier

The new deadline for individual and panel proposals is Monday, March 20th.


College English Association of Ohio

2017 Spring Conference

Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Saturday, April 22, 2016

Theme: The Mission of English Studies

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Bracher, Kent State

The mission of an organization or institution articulates the values underlying the actions taken by those bodies and serve as guiding principles for choices made and directions taken. What is the mission of the broad field of English studies? Although we come from diverse institutions and specific disciplines, are there guiding principles that drive the work we do and the choices we make?

This conference theme will explore the possibilities of the mission of English studies and ask participants to reflect upon their roles as scholars, educators, and intellectuals in the broader community. What underlying principles drive and direct our work? How do we put these values into play in our day-to-day professional lives? Some possible topics of inquiry include:

  • Maintaining values and purpose amidst changes in English majors and minors
  • Serving diverse student populations and perspectives in the classroom
  • Collaborative work across disciplines and specialties
  • Articulating values, visions, and purpose as a discipline
  • Balancing solidarity and interdependence with diversity, politically and pedagogically
  • Engaging students to promote awareness and change
  • Enacting institutional missions and teaching philosophies
  • Commitment and intention as pedagogical acts
  • Inspiring students to engaged citizenship through learning
  • Envisioning the future of English studies

CEAO welcomes proposals for individual 15-20 minute sessions or 60 minute panel sessions from full-time faculty, graduate students, adjunct, and part-time instructors, as well as individuals living/working both inside and outside Ohio. Proposals from faculty and administrators from institutions of all sizes and types—public, private, community—are welcome.

Submission Requirements: Send proposals of no more than 300 words by Monday, March 20, 2017 to

Creative writing submissions should include poetry or fiction/nonfiction suitable for a 20 minute reading. All proposals submitted by the deadline will be considered. In addition, include your name, academic rank, institutional affiliation, and a short 100-150 word biography in the email message. Technology (computers, projector, DVD, etc.) will be available for all presentations. Please note if you have a special technology request.

Participants may submit both a critical paper and a creative work, limited to one entry in each category, sent together as separate attachments in the same email.

Presenters must be registered for the conference by the deadline.

To download a copy of this CFP to distribute, click here: ceao-2017-cfp

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference CFP: U of Dayton

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The Department of English, together with Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and University Libraries at the University of Dayton (UD) invite proposals for the Eleventh Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference to be held at UD October 4-7, 2017.

Our conference theme, Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions, draws attention to the significance of our field, of history, and of rhetorical practices at a time in which human rights – especially among women and people of color – are threatened on a daily basis. Meanwhile, civic discourses and public forms of democratic deliberation are in a state of upheaval as arguments based on reasoning and evidence matter little in the face of might-makes-right ideological triggers. Our theme draws attention to

  • the local, national, and global uses of feminist rhetorical practices for social justice, advocacy and activism;
  • the realities, problems, and possibilities of rhetoric as a human right;
  • the ways feminist scholarship and social advocacy overlap;
  • the roles feminist rhetorical practices and education play in democratic participation;
  • and the past and future of the CFSHRC and Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference as an organization advancing human rights.

This meeting also marks the 20th year of the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, and our conference theme marks this milestone. As participants consider together the past, present and future paths of the great variety of feminisms, rhetorics, and social practices of our scholarship, we also invite participants to consider the historical, contemporary, and future trajectories of the conference in particular. Thus, the theme of the conference is meant to explore the broad impact of the history of the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, relations between the conference and activism within and outside of the academy, and how the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference might shape future directions of scholarship, teaching, and activism.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the conference web site.