Program Schedule



Session Information


8:00–8:30 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

Ledbetter Foyer in Donaghey Student Center (DSC)

8:00 a.m. Book Exhibits OPEN DSC 214: Ledbetter A

8:30–8:50 a.m.

Opening Session: Navigating the Roads of Composition

Sherry Rankins-Robertson, University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) Host, Conference Co-Chair
Carey Smitherman, University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Host, Conference Co-Chair

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9:00–9:50 a.m.

Session Topic: Teaching with Technology

“Digital Literacy and the Multimodal Writing Assignment” ~ Bryant Lytle, UALR and John Havel, UALR

“The Crossroads Where Composition Joins Community” ~ James Steed, UALR

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“Teachers Teaching Teachers: Local Affiliations of the National Writing Project”

Heather Hummel, Little Rock Writing Project
Laura Bowles, Great Bear Writing Project

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“Confronting the Composition/Literature Divide in a Two-Year College English Department”

Laura Govia, Pulaski Technical College (PTC)
Lea Clyburn, PTC

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10:00–10:50 a.m.  Snacks Available DSC 214: Ledbetter Hall A, B & C


Session Topic: Praxis of Composition Pedagogies

“Dude Where’s My App: Writing the Toulmin Proposal” ~ Melvin Beavers, UALR
“Critical Perspectives: Using Critical Pedagogy to Help Students Identify Themselves as Writers” ~ Gretchen Cobb, UALR

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“Promoting an Academic Code through Code-Meshing: Immersion or Grammar Teaching”

Jarod Daily, UALR
Jeremy Ecke, UALR
Michael Kleine, UALR

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Session Topic: Identities in the Classroom
“My Name is Endeavor: The Critical Role of Empathetic Instruction” ~ Christi Gravett, UCA
“Avoiding Sledgehammers and Targets: Strategies for Compassionate Teaching” ~ Catherine Crisp, UALR
Respondent: Dr. Barbara L’Eplattenier, UALR

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11:00–11:50 a.m.

“Teaching Co-Requisite Writing Classes”

Elaine Corum, UCA
Steve Lance, UCA
Edwina Smith, UCA

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“Building a Crosswalk at the Intersection of Writing Center Road and Composition Classroom Avenue”

Kelsie Walker, UALR
Anna Waller, UALR

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“Designing Composition Assignments with Tech Tools”

Dona Bailey, UALR
Betty Freeland, UALR
Joshua Johnson, Maumelle High School/ UALR Concurrent

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“MindTap and Learning Apps: Engaging Students in Rhetorical Knowledge”

Cengage Learning

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12:00 p.m.

Lunch Begins

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12:15–1:20 p.m.

Introduction of Dr. Lunsford ~ Dr. Rod Taylor

Keynote Address: “What is Writing and How Should We Teach It?”  Dr. Andrea Lunsford

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1:30–2:20 p.m.

“Collaboration: First-Year Writing Contest With Residential Colleges”

Cokey Allen, UCA
Sophie Dix, UCA

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“Building Communities through ‘LinCed’ Learning”

Jonathan Purkiss, PTC
Sarah Clements, PTC

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“Open Campuses, Open Futures: Creatively Rebuilding an Effective Basic Writing Program”

Jennifer Atkins-Gordeeva, UALR
Sue Bowling, UALR
Heather Hummel, UALR
Mary Ellen Kubit, UALR
JoAnne Liebman Matson, UALR

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“Using Pearson Writer to Explore Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing”

Pearson Higher Education

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2:30-3:20 p.m.

Session Topic: Writing and Learning Disabilities

“Breaking the Silence: Intersecting Ability and Disability in the Writing Center” ~ Lanette Grate, UCA and Lyren Grate, UCA
“The Learning Disabled Writer” ~ Madison Hedrick, UALR

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Roundtable: Meet the Editors

  • Quills and Pixels with Dr. Charles Anderson (UALR)

  • Equinox with Heather Haile (UALR)

  • The Toad Suck Review with Dr. John Vanderslice (UCA)

  • Milestones with Leslie Lovenstein (PTC)

  • WPA Journal with Dr. Barbara L’Eplattenier (Council of Writing Program Administrators)

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Session Topic: Teaching and Assessing with the Writing Program Administrators Outcomes Statement

“With the WPA Outcomes Statement in Mind: How We Design Assignments” ~ Jenny Crelia, UALR and Bethany May, UALR
“So How Are We Doing? Programmatic Assessment with the WPA OS” ~ Sherry Rankins-Robertson, UALR and Carey Smitherman, UCA

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Session Topic: AP, Concurrent, and Composition: Bridging the Rhetorical Divide through Digital Tools for 21st Century Literacy
“Minding the Gap: Teaching AP English and Composition for  Concurrent Credit” ~ Tara Seale, Bryant Public School District/ UALR Concurrent/NCTE
“Rhetorical Actions on Facebook: Using Social Media to Teach Digital Rhetoric” ~ Jodi Whitehurst, UALR

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3:30–4:15 p.m.

“Composition in the Community: Showcasing Student Writers on Tales From the South

Paula Martin Morell, Executive Producer and Host of Tales from the South

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(Snacks Available)

4:15-4:30 p.m. Closing Session

Sherry Rankins-Robertson, UALR, Conference Co-Chair
Carey Smitherman, UCA, Conference Co-Chair
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4:30 p.m. Book Exhibits CLOSE  DSC 214: Ledbetter A

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Composition Conference Social Hour 

Cantina Laredo:       207 North University, Ste. 130