WELCOME TO THE STUDENT SUCCESS IN WRITING CONFERENCE
To our regret, we are cancelling SSWC 2020 because of the current national health emergency. All paid registrations will be refunded soon. We are currently working on securing a date for next year. In the meantime, please stay safe.
The Student Success in Writing Conference, sponsored by the Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics, will be held on April 17, 2020, at theSavannah Convention Center.
The Student Success in Writing Conference, established in 1999 to promote the success of students in writing courses at the secondary and post-secondary levels, is an intimate, one-day conference with national scope and blind-reviewed admissions. We are committed to offering practical workshops and theoretical presentations on topics related to the teaching and craft of writing. The conference also seeks to establish and maintain dialogue between college and high school educators. It takes place in the spring every other year in Savannah, Georgia.
If cost is a priority over location, there are many hotels outside the Historic District located 5-10 miles from the conference center in Midtown. Please check the Visit Savannah link at right with suggestions for additional places to stay as well as attractions in beautiful, historic Savannah.
We invite proposals that explore how we, as professionals invested in promoting student success in writing, can best support our students, colleagues and programs in at the secondary and postsecondary levels in one or more of the following areas:
Writing in High School
Transitioning from High School to College Writing
Second Language Writing
Technical and Professional Writing
Writing About Literature
Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing in the Disciplines
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The Student Success in Writing Conference, established in 1999 to promote the success of students in writing courses at the secondary and postsecondary levels, is an intimate, one-day conference with national scope and blind-reviewed admissions. We are committed to offering practical workshops and theoretical presentations on topics related to the teaching and craft of writing. The conference also seeks to establish and maintain dialogue between college and high school educators. Our audience includes high school teachers, two-year and four-year college faculty, administrators, librarians and information specialists, and graduate students. The conference is sponsored by the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University and takes place annually in the spring of each year in Savannah, Georgia.
TYPES OF PROPOSALS
Educators of all types of writing at the secondary and postsecondary levels are invited to submit proposals. Presentations are expected to be interactive. Presenters at SSWC should assume that they will not read papers to their audience.
Individual Practice-Oriented Presentation
(25 minutes including question and answer time; 1-2 speakers). These presentations emphasize showing rather than simply telling about a technique for teaching or evaluation writing. A practice-oriented proposal should focus primarily on how the presenter will explain a successful teaching practice, but it should also briefly recognize why the technique is pedagogically valid by anchoring the practice in some current theory or research. Presentations should limit any explanations of underlying theory to 5 minutes or less.
Individual Research-Oriented Presentation
(25 minutes including question and answer time; 1-2 speakers). These presentations involve an oral summary, with occasional references to notes or a text, of the presenters’ work in relation to theory or practice. Presenters are expected to engage the audience, not simply read a prepared text. While these presentations will by definition emphasize research and theory, presenters should be able to suggest ideas for practical applications.
(50 minutes including question and answer time). Presenters are encouraged to work with colleagues to propose panel sessions. These sessions consist of 2 or more speakers sharing practice-oriented or research-oriented presentations. Such panels may be particularly useful for topics that require more attention to theory than a standard practice-oriented presentation allows or more attention to practice than a research-oriented presentation permits. They are also effective for groups who wish to address both theory and practice in their presentations.
PROPOSAL EVALUATION CRITERIA
All proposals are reviewed using the following evaluation criteria. • Currency: Is the topic relevant and significant to the field? • Purpose: Does the proposal make it clear what attendees will gain from the presentation and how content promotes student success in writing? • Support: Will the presenter provide credible support that the practices or theoretical conclusions are sound?
SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
All proposals must be submitted online. Use the link above to the online form.
HOW TO PREPARE A PROPOSAL
All proposals have the following parts: a title; answers to the relevant questions on currency, purpose, and support; the identification of target audience(s); and a brief program abstract.
The title should accurately reflect content.
The proposal for individual practice, research-based presentations, and panel presentations should:
Not contain references that would reveal the presenter’s identity
Include a brief, engaging introduction summarizing the content of the presentation
Be carefully edited and proofread
Spell out any acronyms or abbreviations
Explicitly address all of the following:
Content: What will happen during the presentation? How will you engage your audience?
Currency: Why is the topic relevant?
Purpose: Does the proposal make clear what attendees will gain from the presentation? How will it promote student success in writing?
Support: What credible support will you offer that the practices and/or theoretical conclusions are sound?
The proposal is for the reviewers and (except for a brief abstract) will not be part of the conference program. Please provide answers to the four questions above about content, currency, purpose and support. Be as clear and explicit as possible in describing what your presentation will include.
Please identify the group(s)most likely to find your presentation relevant and useful. Choose all that apply. • High school teachers • High school administrators • Two-year college faculty • Four-year college faculty • University program administrators • Librarians and Information Specialists • Graduate students
The Journal of Student Success in Writing was established in 2015 as a companion journal to further encourage the types of conversations generated by the annual Student Success in Writing Conference. It is a peer-reviewed journal committed to sharing practice and research that encourages student success in writing. The journal is published in the fall of each year at http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/jssw/ as an open-access publication.
The audience for the conference and the journal includes high school teachers, two-year and four-year college faculty, administrators, librarians and information specialists, and graduate students. Both the conference and the journal are sponsored by the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.
Golden Award Recipients
2018 • Sean Barnette Lander University
2017 • David Beach Radford University
2016 • Jennifer Dorian Fresno City College
2015 • Shannon Riggs Stuckey Metter High School
2014 • Gardner Rogers Valdosta State University
2013 • Chip Rogers Middle Georgia State College
2012 • June Joyner Georgia Southern University
2011 • Matthew Gainous Ogeechee Technical College
2010 • Jane Rago Armstrong Atlantic University
2009 • Aimee Taylor Richmond Hill High School
2008 • Donna Hooley Ogeechee Technical College
2007 • Deborah Carico Bulloch Academy
2006 • Mary Ann Ellis Appling County High School
2005 • Kathy Albertson Georgia Southern University
2004 • Daniel Edenfield Bulloch County Performance Learning Center
2002 • Pat Fox Armstrong Atlantic University
2001 • Linda S. Williams North Georgia College & State University
2000 • Charlotte Crittenden Georgia Southern University
THE DOROTHY GOLDEN AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE IN FIRST-YEAR WRITING
Honoring the memory of Dorothy Golden, Georgia Southern University Assistant Professor Emerita, the Golden Award recognizes dedication to teaching excellence in first-year composition or the preparation of students for first-year composition. One award is given annually by the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University.
GOLDEN AWARD REQUIREMENTS
to nominate a colleague or yourself, please verify that you or your colleague can meet the requirements for receiving the award:
The winner must be present to receive the award. Announcement of the recipient of the Golden Award will be made at the Keynote Luncheon during the 20thAnnual Student Success in Writing Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in Savannah, GA, on Friday, April 17, 2020.
The person you nominate must be a high school or college instructor who has been teaching first-year writing and/or preparing students for first-year writing for at least five years.
1. Nominee name 2. Nominee’s email and phone number 3. Nominee’s job title/position and institution 4. Number of years teaching first-year writing and/or preparing students for first-year writing (5 years minimum) 5. Subjects and levels taught 6. Your name 7. Your job title/position 8. Supporting letter: Please explain your reasons for nominating this person by addressing how he or she meets the following criteria: a. Excellence in quality of instruction for student success in first-year writing (please describe specific techniques, approaches, and qualities which make this person’s instruction in first-year writing and/or in preparing students for first-year writing outstanding). b. A significant contribution to the nominee’s school to promote student success in first-year writing (please describe specific contributions the nominee makes beyond the classroom that helps students succeed in first-year writing).
Nan LoBue and Andrew Berger Conference Chairs Department of Writing & Linguistics Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA 30460 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 3/17/2020
Department of Writing & Linguistics • P.O. Box 8026 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • 912-478-0739