Xchanges — a venue for student publication

The following is reposted on behalf of Xchanges. Some of you will likely have students who might be intereated.
For our graduate-student issue of Xchanges, we are extending the submission deadline to July 15. I am sure some of you recall some great graduate-student seminar papers/multi-media works from the semester just ended. Please encourage those students (especially those for whom this would be a first publication) to submit their work for consideration.

We accept new research scholarship in the fields of rhetoric, writing studies, and technical communication; we also consider submissions that deal with issues facing writing centers and those engaged in writing across the curriculum. We publish traditional and mutli-media
Please spread the word about the extended deadline to your current and former graduate students. We will look forward to receiving submissions by July 15. The submissions will then go out for double-blind review to members of our national faculty review board.

Thanks! Don’t hesitate to write to me with questions.


Julianne Newmark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Dept. of Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Office phone: (575) 835-5901
Editor: Xchanges Journal

Winner of the CASDW award for best dissertation defended in 2012

Posted on behalf of Kathryn Alexander, Jay Dolmage and Graham Smart (Dissertation Awards Committee)

The winner is Patricia Kelly, April 2012, English Department. Simon Fraser University. “Textual Standardization and the ‘Common Language’ of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”

Patricia Kelly’s dissertation has been praised for the care and quality of its writing and the thoroughness of its research. It represents a new and important approach to texts in rhetorical studies. Patty’s work on psychiatry’s “common language” makes an important and novel contribution to research in the rhetoric of health and medicine. It is an outstanding example of PhD research that integrates rhetoric, writing studies, and discourse studies.

Report of the Communications Officer to the AGM

Report of the communications committee chair re https://casdwacr.wordpress.com/

CASDW-ACR WordPress.com blog has 1 administrator (Amanda), who controls the design and formatting of the site, and 3 active editors (Doug, Roger, Margaret Procter), all of whom can add and edit posts. The site has had over 10,400 views since its creation in 2011, but only 28 comments. So while it’s working well as an information source, members aren’t yet using it much to comment on posts or initiate discussions.

At last year’s AGM, it was moved that all information from the legacy sites be moved to the new site, and the old sites be closed down. Materials on the old U of Manitoba site are still accessible via the “CASDW-ACR Archives” menu: https://casdwacr.wordpress.com/casdwacr-archives/ It is possible to transfer everything to the current site by creating new WordPress pages, copying each of the archive site pages as HTML or source-version, then pasting those contents into each WordPress page. These pages then have to be assigned to a menu on our CASDW site.

None of this is hard; some of the old materials has already been converted. However, it is time-consuming as long as we’re still using the free blog-style version of WordPress (wordpress.com). The free version also limits us to certain templates and font styles.

The domain name casdw-acr.ca has been renewed for 2012 – 2014 (a domain name has to be renewed periodically).

A motion was also passed that CASDW convert the test site to a permanent site. If this means converting the site from wordpress.com to wordpress.org (as Inkshed has done), then I recommend CASDW considering contracting the person who created the Inkshed site. At that point, it may be possible to import everything from the U of M site en masse and discontinue linking to the U of M site.

I’m happy to continue as the administrator of our current wordpress.com site as long as needed and to help with the transition to a wordpress.org site if CASDW wants to go that route.

~Amanda Goldrick-Jones

Agenda for the 2013 AGM

AGM agenda 2013

Terms of Reference for CASDW Research and Dissertation Awards (May 28)

VERSION 3 CASDW motion regarding conference fees

Attached is the agenda for the 2013 AGM, which also serves as a Notice of Motion, although we don’t strictly need one for the matters being discussed here. I have also attached the terms of reference for the CASDW Research and Dissertation awards, which we will vote on at the AGM, and the full text of Jo-Anne’s motion, which contains more detailed explanation than the others.

If you are planning to attend the AGM, please run your eye over them if you have the chance.