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 […]

Message from the Chair–Losing My Patience

Losing My Patience by Michelle Byrne, University of Akron My students wonder why writing is “so hard.” My students just want me to tell them “how to do it.” They ask me to help them brainstorm, and they wonder if they are “doing it right.” In years past, I am usually patient with them. College […]

Conference Reflection–Ode to TYCA

So, maybe there’s a reason I leave TYCA-MW last, when I do attend. Maybe I am meant to be the non-elected, unofficial reflector of the event. Maybe I’ve become that person because I travel the farthest, typically, to TYCA-MW, being the North Dakota rep and all. Maybe it’s because I love to write journal entries about my life […]

Conference Reflection — A Review of “Thank You Pragmatism: How Pragmatic Theory Validates Personal Narrative as Art”

A Review of “Thank You Pragmatism: How Pragmatic Theory Validates Personal Narrative as Art” by Brian Harrell, University of Akron During the 2014 TYCA Conference in Grand Rapids, a number of presentations provided attendees with the opportunity to ponder their own classroom theories. One of those presentations was Heidi Thoenen and Sara Ehret’s session entitled, “Thank […]

Conference Reflection–Through the Eyes of an Interloper

Through the Eyes of an Interloper by Sukanya Kemp, University of Akron It all started innocently enough. I had invited my colleague Michelle Byrne to an economics conference and here she was bearing an invitation to TYCA, the Two Year College Teachers of English Association. As the days to the conference grew closer, the butterflies […]

TYCA-Midwest Conference 2014 Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended TYCA-Midwest Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan! It was an incredibly successful event, with wonderful presentations on a wide range of topics. Attendees shared the images below, which represent presentations, evening events, and artwork from Art Prize, which was also held in Grand Rapids on the weekend of the conference.