Campus Alberta Writing Studies (CAWS)
The Campus Alberta Writing Studies group was formed in August 2009 to facilitate collaboration through the sharing of work in Writing Studies research, teaching, and administration across the province.
Anyone with Alberta connections who is interested in Writing Studies and Rhetoric is welcome to subscribe to the CAWSlist (our listserv—see the subscribe/unsubscribe options below) and to participate in any CAWS gatherings, announcements of which go out to all CAWSlist subscribers.
History of CAWS Meetings
- University of Alberta North Campus in Edmonton, fall term 2009,
- Red Deer College, spring 2010,
- Grant MacEwan University, September 2010,
- University of Calgary, May 2011,
- Campus St. Jean (University of Alberta, Edmonton), September 2011,
- Athabasca University Calgary, April 2012,
- University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose, September 2012,
- Red Deer College, spring 2013,
- Concordia University, September 2013,
- University of Calgary, April 2014,
- University of Alberta North Campus in Edmonton, September 2014,
- Mount Royal University, April 2015, (Andrea Lunsford keynote),
- King’s University, September 2015,
- Grant MacEwan University, May 17, 2016 (Sandra Jamieson keynote)
- Mount Royal University, April 2017, (Karen Manarin keynote)
The goal of these colloquia is, through brief presentations and the resulting conversations, to encourage future Campus Alberta initiatives in Writing Studies by helping CAWS members discover what their colleagues are doing in the areas of postsecondary writing pedagogy, research, writing centres, WAC programs, writing program administration, and degree programs.
An informal Steering Committee of faculty from a variety of Alberta post-secondary institutions is responsible to decide on the locations and organizers of future colloquia.
Our September 2010 CAWS Colloquium, hosted by Grant MacEwan University, featured Cheryl Glenn, Distinguished Visitor at U of A, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies and co-director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation at The Pennsylvania State University. Glenn is also a past Chair of CCCC (Conference of College Composition and Communication), the world’s major professional association for post-secondary teachers and scholars in the field of Writing Studies. The September 2014 Colloquium featured a guest speaker funded by a U of Alberta KIAS Kule Dialogue Grant--Elizabeth Wardle, co-author/editor of Writing About Writing and Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida, the second largest public university in the US.
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