Call for Proposals

54th Annual TYCA-NE Conference:

Lighthouse in a Storm: Shining the Beacon on Student Success

Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Portland, ME

October 24th - October 26, 2019

A financial, political and cultural storm is swirling around higher education today. Under pressure to increase graduation rates, reduce remediation, and limit student loan debt, colleges across the country analyze data, conduct research and attempt a multitude of strategies to achieve greater rates of “student success”. But what does that term constitute, especially in the English classroom? As community college educators, as we negotiate the always-evolving definition of success, we have both the opportunity and challenge of helping students to achieve their goals, whatever they may be: continuing their education, landing a good job, or growing and developing in a variety of ways.

In exploring our theme, “Lighthouse in a Storm: Shining a Beam on Student Success,” we look forward to sharing pedagogical, creative, and analytical ideas from community colleges across the Northeast region. We welcome proposals that explore our theme for presentations, roundtable discussions and workshops, and discussions.

Proposals may consider, but are not limited to:

  • Creative content for student engagement

  • Strategies for motivation and retention

  • Productive learning communities

  • Faculty collaborations

  • Strategies and methods for effective outcomes assessment

  • Students' diverse writing histories

  • Curriculum design

  • 21st century communications: Multimodal assignments, digital humanities projects

  • Effective practices for EFL learners

  • Effective partnerships, e.g. dual/concurrent enrollment, 2-year to four-year partnerships, and college-community or workplace partnerships

  • Classroom strategies for student success: Communicating expectations; motivating students; retention in high-attrition classes

  • Engaging students in the online classroom

  • Developmental education: data & evaluation of pilot programs, assignments supporting success, models for accelerated first-year English

  • Writing across the curriculum initiatives

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 research or 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 (roundtable, workshop, or other formats.)

  • We also invite proposals for a five-minute “lightning talk” on “21st century student writing,” for our brunch panel on Saturday.

What to Include:

  1. A 200-250 word abstract elaborating on both the topic and format of the presentation, including information on technology/media needs.

  2. A title and description for the conference program of 30-50 words.

  3. Contact information for each presenter.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2019.
Presenters will be notified by
July 1, 2019 and should register by September 6, 2019 to confirm.

Questions? Please contact Amy Havel (ahavel@smccme.edu) or Dianne Fallon (DFallon@yccc.edu).