Conference Session Preview–Time to Represent!

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Kate Lutes, Macomb Community College Chelsea Lonsdale, Henry Ford Community College “Searching for LGBTQIA Representation in the Two-Year College” In this workshop, the speakers will present an argument for further engagement in reporting and fostering LGBT experiences in two-year colleges. The speakers will frame the […]

Conference Session Preview–Helping Students Be Mindful

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Ryan Brown, Metropolitan Community College “Curiosity and Contribution: Cultivating a Mindful Orientation toward Learning, Knowing, and Caring” In community college first-year writing, we focus too often on knowledge-making. I believe we should shift this, teaching mental activity in ways that connect to broader questions–how we […]

Conference Session Preview–An Adventure Across Disciplines

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Keri Rakes, Gretchen Flaherty, and Steve Dalager, Lake Superior College Jody Greniger, Duluth Adult Basic Education “Curious George Goes to College: Adventures in Integrated Reading and Writing” Beginning in fall 2015, Lake Superior College Developmental Education piloted a new cross-discipline curriculum by merging developmental level […]

Conference Session Preview–Just Say No…to Cheating

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Heather Roberts and Stephanie Alexander, Indiana State University “Structurally Sound: Building Academic Integrity into Assignments” Sixty-eight percent of undergraduate students have admitted to cheating, according to an ICAI survey conducted in 2015. That number is staggering, confirming fears that every college educator has: students do […]

Conference Session Preview–Instructor Feedback that WORKS

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Sara Ehret, Heidi Thoenen, and Paula Iken, Cuyahoaga Community College “Cultivating Curiosity in Instructor Feedback” A common issue among many instructors of composition concerns how to respond to student writing. It is understood that instructor feedback is an effective way to develop and improve student […]

Conference Session Preview–Wait…What? I Have Superpowers????

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Judy Grigg Hansen, College of Southern Idaho “Awakening Students’ Sensory Superpowers” Some people think genius is all in the genes, but new research shows that each of us has creative superpowers waiting to be discovered and developed. In this workshop, we will experiment with the […]

Conference Session Preview–Know Thyself

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Staci Petrillo, Lorie Paldino, and Maureen Fitzpatrick, Johnson County Community College “The Human Being Project: Cultivating Self-Awareness Through Liberal Education”  How does education make you a better human being? We posed this question to our students. Over 250 responded, posting their answers on a prominent wall […]

Conference Session Preview–Death to the Death Penalty Paper!

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Laurel Smith, Bri Kerschner, and Maura Smyth, Century College “No More Papers on the Death Penalty! Engage Your Students’ Creativity with the Change Your Neighborhood Argument Assignment” One of the most dreaded assignments in freshman composition is the researched argument. Unsure how to develop interesting […]

TYCA to You–To essay, or not to essay

…that is the question! In the September call for feedback from TYCA Midwest followers, we’re talking about the essay as genre. How relevant is the essay genre to today’s college students? What other genres do you teach in your composition courses? Please use the link below to respond to these and other questions on the topic. Your […]

Meet the Board–Andrew Anastasia

Andrew is the Membership Coordinator for TYCA Midwest. He is assistant professor of English at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. His research and professional interests include social justice assessment praxis, basic writing pedagogy, queer and feminist pedagogies, and psychodynamic group relations theory. He recently completed his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at the […]