Call for Proposals

53rd Annual TYCA-NE Conference in New York City

English at the Crossroads: Power and Possibilities

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hosted by LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College, and Borough of Manhattan Community College

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The Deadline for proposal submissions has past.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference in New York!


Join us in New York City as we celebrate our 53rd year by renewing our commitment to our students, pedagogy, and scholarship as English educators at two-year colleges.

With state legislatures increasing budget cuts and technology companies promising new avenues to education and on-site job training, the traditional mission of community colleges has come under scrutiny. However, these new challenges also bring new potential as community colleges have historically served as laboratories for institutional and classroom innovation. English and writing educators are in the powerful position to help students discover the potential and the value of their education in the workforce as well as in civil society at large.

We invite proposals that consider how the two-year college English educator can take advantage of this changing landscape. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the relationship between English and Composition/Rhetoric Studies and college-wide student success initiatives (e.g., First-Year Seminar,advisement, assessment of student learning, student support programs)
  • new directions and approaches to English and Composition/Rhetoric Studies (e.g., Composition in the Age of the #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo movements; Composition and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Composition and Disability Studies)
  • new technologies in the teaching of writing and literature (e.g.,hybrid/online courses, non-traditional approaches to the classroom)
  • strategies for structuring new configurations of Developmental English, ELL, and composition courses (e.g., Accelerated Learning Programs,Stretch Composition Programs, etc.)
  • the pedagogy of writing and literature defined by student identities in an ever-shifting environment (e.g., gender, sex, ethnicity, race, religion, documented/ undocumented status, or incarcerated or formerly incarcerated)
  • culturally relevant pedagogy in the community college classroom (e.g.,multilingualism, second-language learners)

Proposal Format Options:

  • Presenters may submit individual proposals for approximately 25 minutes, including Q&A.
  • Groups of two to four presenters may submit full-panel proposals for 60 minutes total.
  • Individuals or groups may propose poster sessions to visually document their research and best practices.
  • Presentations may be combined with other proposals by the program planning committee.

The committee especially welcomes presentations that involve active engagement with the audience with activities or discussions.

Proposals should include:

  1. A 200-250 word abstract elaborating on both the topic and format of the presentation.
  2. A title and description for the conference program of no more than 50 words.
  3. Contact information for each presenter.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018.
Presenters will be notified by July 15, 2018 should register for the conference by September 7, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact Margot Edlin ( or Lilla Toke (


Call for Proposals

"Community College and the Future of the Humanities"

October 18-19, 2018


Also check out: “Community College and the Future of the Humanities,” convened by LaGuardia Community College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, on October 18 and 19, 2018. The CUNY Humanities Alliance invites proposals from college students, graduate students, faculty, and administrators for interactive sessions that explore and celebrate the role of humanities within community colleges and across the broader landscape of higher education. For more information, please see Proposals are due by March 31, 2018.