The Second Language Writing Institute

Overview

The Second Language Writing Institute (SLWI) is a new feature of the Symposium on Second Language writing, featuring a variety of workshops to choose from. The Institute Sessions are designed to provide advanced professional development opportunities for second language writing specialists at various stages of professionalization.

All SLWI Sessions will take place on Thursday, November 13 from 8:30 to 10:30. Please choose one of the topics from these options:

Success on the Job Market: Demystifying the Process
Cristyn Elder, University of New Mexico

Designing and Sustaining a Satisfying and
Successful Research Program in Second Language Writing

Dana Ferris, University of California-Davis

Making Your Presentation Striking
Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University

Writing Program Administration and ESL Writers
Susan Miller-Cochran, North Carolina State University

Writing Program Administrator as a Consultant
Shirley Rose, Arizona State University

An Introduction to Writing in Academic Journals:
How to Get Published

Christopher Tancock, Elsevier LTD

Registration for SLWI has been closed.

Option 1: Job Search

Success on the Job Market: Demystifying the Process
Cristyn Elder, University of New Mexico

The primary audience for this institute includes those on or soon to be on the job market and those mentoring others about the job market. This hands-on workshop will include reading and understanding job ads, analyzing successful job materials, and discussing the interview, campus visit, and negotiation process.

Cristyn L. Elder is an Assistant Professor in the Rhetoric and Writing program at the University of New Mexico. Her research and teaching interests include writing program administration, composition and writing center theory and practice, working with multilingual writers, and writing across the curriculum. She earned her MA in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and her doctorate in English from Purdue University with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition. Cristyn has taught ESL/EFL and teacher education courses in the U.S., Mexico, Ukraine, Guatemala, and Tajikistan. She has published in WPA: Writing Program Administration and is a co-founder and managing editor of Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society. She is also a co-founder of WPA-GO (the Council of Writing Program Administrators Graduate Student Organization).

Option 2: Sustainable Research Program

Designing and Sustaining a Satisfying and
Successful Research Program in Second Language Writing

Dana Ferris, University of California-Davis

In this session we will discuss principles and practical strategies for implementing and maintaining a sustainable research program in L2 writing. Subtopics include finding interesting research questions, adapting models from previous researchers, and building on one's own previous work to complete and disseminate an extended series of studies. Resource issues will also be discussed.

Dana Ferris is a professor in the University Writing Program at the University of California, Davis, where she directs the L2 writing program. She is the author or co-author of eight books and over 50 articles and chapters. Her research has focused extensively on response to student writing, including the specific topic of error feedback. She is also the founding editor of the new Journal of Response to Writing, a long-time editorial board member of the Journal of Second Language Writing, and a member of the CCCC Standing Committee on Second Language Writing.

Option 3: Giving Striking Talks

Making Your Presentation Striking:
Tips and Strategies for Giving Plenary Talks
Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University

This workshop will help you learn how to give advanced academic presentation genres such as plenary and keynote talks. Drawing on his extensive experience, the presenter will discuss how plenary talks differ from other types of presentation, and provide tips and strategies for designing and delivering talks that are engaging, entertaining and enlightening. The insights are also applicable to conference presentations and job talks.

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and President-Elect of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Paul has presented more than 200 keynote, plenary, featured and invited talks at conferences and institutions in various countries around the world.

Option 4: Writing Program Administration

Writing Program Administration and ESL Writers
Susan Miller-Cochran, North Carolina State University

How can writing program administrators and second language writing specialists work together to develop approaches that will best serve ESL writers? During this institute, participants will look at recommendations offered in scholarship in both the WPA and SLW communities and work together to find commonalities and develop solutions that will work in specific institutional contexts.

Susan Miller-Cochran is Professor of English and Director of First-Year Writing at NC State University, where her research focuses on the intersections of technology, multilingual writing, and writing program administration. Her publications include Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (2009), The Wadsworth Guide to Research (2014), and Keys for Writers (2014).

Option 5: Consulting

Writing Program Administrator as a Consultant
Shirley Rose, Arizona State University

In this session, an experienced consultant-evaluator for various college writing programs will take you through the world of academic consulting. After a brief overview of various types of work--from invited talks and curriculum development projects to program evaluation visits--she will share a wealth of information about the work of consultant-evaluator, including how to get started, how to prepare for a consultation visit, how to conduct yourself during the visit, and how to follow up.

Shirley Rose is Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Arizona State University. She is the Director of the Consultant-Evaluation Service and former president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. She regularly serves as a consultant-evaluator for national and international college writing programs and she is an experienced Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Option 6: Writing for Publication

An Introduction to Writing in Academic Journals: How to Get Published
Christopher Tancock, Elsevier LTD

In this presentation, the Publisher for Elsevier's language and linguistics portfolio will host a session covering: best practice on how to get write scholarly articles; how to identify the right journal for your paper and common pitfalls to avoid when submitting your work. This will be an open and informative session, aimed at those looking to publish their first paper and/or who are interested in the world of scholarly publishing and how it works.

Christopher Tancock has 9 years’ experience in STM publishing. He joined Elsevier in early 2006 where he initially managed social science book projects before moving to journals. He is now Senior Publisher for linguistics and history managing some 20 journals including the prestigious Journal of Pragmatics and Lingua. He has degrees in European studies and linguistics and is based in the Oxford, UK office.