Reflecting on Indy…

It’s hard to believe that the 2018 TYCA Midwest conference is over, and we are looking forward to the 2019 Akron conference. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sitting at my first TYCA meeting as the Indiana representative. When I mentioned Ivy Tech Community College, everyone around the table clapped and chanted. I […]

Conference Session Preview–Quality Assurance

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Jenny Pecora-Kettley, Linsey Cuti, and Trisha Dandurand, Kankakee Community College “Going Out on a Limb: Increasing Hybrid Offerings while Ensuring Quality” Learn about what the Humanities & Social Sciences division at Kankakee Community College has been working on to increase the number of hybrid course […]

Conference Session Preview–Let’s Get Meta!

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Ruth Benander and Brenda Refaei, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College “Reading in Basic Writing: Moving from the Edge to the Center” This workshop will guide participants through a review of approaches to reading instruction in composition courses with an eye to adapting them for […]

Conference Reflection–Remembering Neville Britto

Remembering Neville Britto: Friend, Mentor, and Hero by Jen Richrath, Professor, Illinois Central College / with excerpts from Larry McDoniel and from Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press Why do we do what we do? How can we make a difference? Who will remember? When the papers are piling up and the committee work seems […]

Conference Session Preview–Ban the Burn-out

Curious about which session to attend this fall…here’s a teaser… Celia Swanson, Century College “Playing with Creativity” Jump-Start Your Creative Energy!  One of the dangers of teaching is reaching a state of creative “burn-out”.  What can we do to reignite the flame of creativity and energy in our lives, so we can bring that to […]

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 […]