Please consider being part of a roundtable discussion I am hoping to organize at the College English Association’s annual meeting in Pittsburgh on March 26-28, 2009. The subject of the discussion will be the challenges and rewards of teaching English at military colleges and academies. It can be difficult to assert the importance of studying literature and writing to any college student given that students have become more focused on obtaining an education that will guarantee them a job and financial stability. Certainly, teaching students whose primary goal is to commission in the military can add additional challenges to that task. I am hoping you will consider joining a discussion in order to share information about your English program and ideas for teaching to our unique audiences. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to the following:
• Recruiting English majors and minors and keeping departments vibrant
• Making the study of literature relevant
• Designing composition courses to engage the military student
• Engaging students in creative writing
• Teaching as a civilian in a military environment
• Teaching war literature to military students
• Teaching at a military institution in a time of war.
If you are interested, please submit a proposal of no more than 250 words to Professor Lea Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 15th. Ideally, there will be 6 participants and each roundtable participant will speak for 5-7 minutes in order to allow for ample time for discussion. If you would like to visit the College English Association website, the address is http://www2.widener.edu/~cea/. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Assistant Professor of English
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, Vermont 05663
Professor Lea Williams
158 Harmon Dr.
Northfield, VT 05663
Fax: 802-485-2408 Email: email@example.com
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