Please consider attending the UH Graduate Student Literature Conference, March 31st

Student Literature Conference Saturday 31 March 2012, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

[Note: a number of CTE members, including Bruce Martin, Allison Wright, and others, are involved with this event]

Between the recession, partisan rhetoric about class war, and the current Occupy movement, class has moved to the forefront of American political consciousness. Class is also something we can’t avoid in the academy–whether we’re talking about the relative place of men and women (Schell); WPAs, professors, and TAs (Bousquet, Scott); literature and composition (Miller); the university and the community (Mathieu); undergraduate students; or the literary canon and authors that we study. This is a kairotic moment to reexamine our assumptions about class and look more deeply at the class implications in our literature, our languages, our classrooms, and our communities.

Fifteen panels of student presentations, in English and Spanish, with Keynote Speaker Dr. Rosemary Hennessy from Rice University’s Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality as the keynote speaker.

Free breakfast and lunch for those who pre-register before 25 March.

Information and registration can be found at



De Lange Conference VIII: The Future of the Research University in a Global Age: February 27-28, 2012 @Rice University

The De Lange Conference VIII promises to be a forward-looking forum for university leaders, visionaries, and researchers to contemplate the rapidly evolving ecosystem of research universities in response to powerful global forces and disruptive technologies. What forms will the global research universities of the future take? How will the new, global research enterprises at the heart of the university be organized and funded? Which strategies will enhance the competitiveness of research universities seeking to attract outstanding students, faculty, and resources in an increasingly global higher education marketplace? What will the impact of these changes be on our educational mission and values? At this conference, we will hear from leaders who contemplate both changes in the near-term and the longer-term processes that will likely result in profound transformations in the decades to come.

This conference should be very interesting, indeed.  I’m certainly going to try to make it for the Cathy Davidson and Robert Zemsky talks.  Anyone else planning on going?

For more information, email


Building Pedagogical Bridges: English Department Fifth Annual December Teaching Conference, Dec. 6th, 2011

I’m posting this notice to alert the pedagogically-minded on campus that the English dept. will be hosting its December Teaching Conference next Tuesday, Dec. 6th, from 8:30-1:50 in Roy Cullen Hall.

Here is the program:


The CTE’s own Allison Laubach Wright and Bruce Martin will be chairing and presenting at a roundtable on critical teaching in a diverse environment, and I’ll be chairing an interactive panel, along with Kate Anderson of English,  on Threshold Concepts in literary studies and linguistics. Hope to see you there.


SOTL CFP deadline extended to Nov. 15; anyone going?

This looks like it will be a good event.  Anyone thinking about going? I’d like to organize a UH panel, if possible.


Upcoming Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Conference, March 7-9, 2012

Please note that the SoTL Commons conference held annually at Georgia Southern University will be taking place March 7-9, 2012.  Proposals are due by Oct. 31. This would be a terrific conference for TAs or Faculty who would like to present and participate in a pedagogy conference.

I’ll be applying myself to to go to this conference, and would like to see if others would be interested, as well.

Contact me at if you’re interested or need additional information.