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Computers & Writing conference proposals


The annual Computers & Writing conference (a major academic conference in digital writing studies) is next May 20-23, 2010, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN (two hours drive from Normal). Last year an undergraduate student went and presented with me and everyone loved having him there. I encourage you to propose to present (the proposal deadline is Friday!) either about your project for this class, or about this class, or about some other writing and technology related issue that you’re dealing with.

If you present (even in a poster presentation, which only takes 250 words), you can get $125 in travel money from the Graduate School here at ISU to use towards reimbursing you for travel expenses. In exchange for the money, you have to agree to give the same/similar presentation at the research Symposium in the spring. (This goes for grad students as well!)

You can also apply to attend the Graduate Research Network (the undergrad went last year too), which will make you eligible for the GRN Travel Award (also a reimbursement situation) for part of your conference fee (usually around $100, which includes all your meals for 4 days). The accommodations at the conference include cheap stays in the dorms, which you can share between two of you, usually for about $30 a nite. The total cost of attending this conference (driving there) will be around $300-400.

If you’re interested in talking to teachers about what you do with technology as an undergraduate, or you’re interested in grad school in any form, you should consider attending. It’s a friendly conference (usually around 300 people), welcoming folks, close by, and lots of fun!

And you know how to write proposals now, so go for it!! Go to this website for information on how to propose.

instructor portion of proposal


As promised, here is the information you can use to fill in the following sections of your final project proposal when submitting it to Kairos:

Instructor’s name and full contact information.

Dr. Cheryl E. Ball
Campus Mail 4240
Department of English
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4240

office: 309-438-3152

Instructor’s brief description of the context, assignment, and/or course from which the proposed project emerged/will emerge.

This project is being composed under guidance of Dr. Cheryl E. Ball, as partial fulfillment for course requirements for English 239: Multimodal Composition (Fall 2009*** List Spring 2009 if you’re from the previous semester!) at Illinois State University. The purpose of the class is to study current ways of composing scholarly multimedia within English Studies, with a particular emphasis on composing a final, collaborative project that can be submitted to the Kairos special issue call for undergraduate research. The assignment for this project is based on the special issue CFP, with further examination done in class regarding the audience, purpose, and context of Kairos as a whole. Dr. Ball will provide Praxis-section write-ups for student projects that get accepted to the special issue.

You can insert the above information on the cover page of your proposal. Also include YOUR GROUP’s contact information and Kairos section indentification on this cover page. Only the project title and description should be on the second page. Don’t forget, when you submit it, to name the file appropriately and to copy me on the email to the guest editors. Their names (both are Drs.) and emails are listed in the CFP, which is linked from the syllabus. Good luck!