CASDW-ACR 2020 Conference Update

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the board of CASDW-ACR has decided to postpone our 2020 conference, Visions for Writing Studies. We appreciate all the submissions and all the efforts that have already gone into organizing this conference. We look forward to holding a conference in the not-too-distant future. Thanks again for all the thoughtful engagement with the theme of the conference.

Seeking Nominations: CASDW-ACR Executive

CASDW-ACR is seeking nominations for the following positions on our Executive. Self-nominations are welcome. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Boba Samuels, Shurli Makmillen, and James Corcoran. Nominations will be voted on (or acclaimed) at our Annual General Meeting, to be held during the 2020 CASDW-ACR Conference in London, Ontario (May 30–June 1). You do not need to be able to attend the AGM to join the Executive.

CJSDW/R Editor(s)

The journal editor(s) have the following responsibilities:  

  • Prepare and publicize the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie (CJSDW/R)
  • Appoint an editorial board and a peer review board
  • Appoint an assistant editor representing the official language other than that of the editor

VP/Conference Chair

The VP/Conference Chair has the following responsibilities:

Communications Officer

The Communications Officer has the following responsibilities:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of the Nominating Committee: Boba Samuels, Shurli Makmillen, and James Corcoran.

Reminder: Dissertation and Article Awards Deadline is March 16

The deadline for the CASDW Award for Best Dissertation and the CASDW Award for Best Article is March 16. The calls for nominations can both be found below.

To make sure that we are aware of all the great work being done, we would like to encourage people to please let our Article Award committee know if they or their colleagues have published something in our field in the last year. This notification would allow us to consider these publications, even without formal nominations.


The Joan Pavelich CASDW Annual Award for the Best Dissertation in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes an outstanding PhD dissertation in Writing Studies, Discourse Studies, Rhetoric, or a cognate field for 2019. The award will be given to a student in a Canadian university or to a Canadian student studying outside Canada. To be eligible, dissertations must have been defended between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. An announcement of the winning dissertation will be made at the CASDW Annual Conference. Nominees do not need to be CASDW members, and self-nominations are accepted.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year free CASDW membership for the following year.

The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2020. The assessment criteria for the award are as follows: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the thesis; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

Applicants/nominators should send the following items to each member of the selection committee listed below: a PDF file containing the dissertation (or a link to an online repository), a CV, and a cover sheet with the applicant’s full name, citizenship, institution and degree program, and contact information for their primary supervisor.

Stephanie Bell

Ashley Mehlenbacher

Sara Humphreys

Diana Wegner


The CASDW Annual Award for the Best Article or Chapter in Writing and Discourse Studies recognizes the best journal article or book chapter published during the 2019 calendar year by a CASDW member. Co-authored articles or chapters will be eligible as long as one of the authors is a CASDW member.

The deadline for nominations is March 16, 2020. The winner of the award will be announced at the CASDW Annual Conference.  Authors are invited to nominate their own publications as well as those of other CASDW members. In order to be eligible, nominees must have been CASDW members in both 2019 and 2020.

The assessment criteria for the award are as follows: (1) the overall quality of the writing and thinking; (2) the significance of the question(s) addressed in the research; (3) the importance of the new knowledge presented in the article; and (3) and methodological rigour and/or innovation.

The award includes a prize of $100 and a one-year CASDW membership for the following year.

Applicant/nominees should send a PDF of the journal article or book chapter, as well as a complete reference, to the committee listed below:

Boba Samuels

Sara Doody

James Corcoran

Call for Proposals: Second Language Research Forum

Peabody College at Vanderbilt University will host the Second Language Research Forum (SLRF) in Nashville, TN, October 23-25, 2020. This is one of the premier conferences on second language acquisition and provides a venue for established scholars, graduate students, teachers, and teacher educators to present work on a wide variety of theoretical and empirical issues in the field, and practitioner-oriented resources for communicative, equitable, and transformative language instruction. The 2020 conference theme is Expanding Networks: Theory, Research, and Practice in Second Language Development. The call for proposals is now open; submissions are welcome in, but need not be limited to, the following areas of research: cognitive networks, social networks, instructional networks, and theoretical and methodological networks. For more information, please see the official SLRF conference page.

Job Opportunity: Associate Professor, Writing Studies in Higher Education, University of Toronto Mississauga

The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Writing Studies in Higher Education. The appointment will be made to the Dean’s Office in anticipation of the establishment of a proposed Institute focused on the study of university pedagogy at UTM. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate Professor, and will commence on September 1, 2020, or shortly thereafter. All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by April 6, 2020.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in a field related to writing instruction in higher education (e.g., composition, rhetoric, writing studies). Applicants with a PhD in a different field but who have a demonstrated exceptional record of excellence in research and teaching related to academic writing instruction at the university level may also be considered. We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about contributing to the development of our new Institute and participating in UTM’s advancement of writing skills, including our new foundational skills program in writing.

The successful candidate will have established research expertise in university-level pedagogy related to Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), or Writing in the Disciplines (WID) broadly. Candidates will have an established international reputation and will be expected to sustain and lead innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to maintain an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded research program. Candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices. The successful candidate may hold a graduate faculty appointment in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by a record of sustained high-impact contributions and publications in top-ranked and relevant journals, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, distinguished awards and accolades, and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of university-level writing pedagogy, as well as strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in teaching through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, strong endorsements of teaching in the letters of reference, and a teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong teaching statement, sample syllabi, course materials and teaching evaluations.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto Mississauga has a diverse, multicultural student body and a modern and spacious campus with high-quality teaching spaces. It is in the process of creating a new Institute focused on the study of pedagogy at the university level. This Institute will build on the success of the UTM Teaching and Learning Collaboration (TLC) and Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre (RGASC), both of which will be incorporated within the new unit. The Institute will also be the home of UTM’s new Writing Studies faculty members, the Foundational Writing Skills Initiative which will be implemented over the next five years, and the existing writing programs currently administered by the RGASC.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests; one recent publication (of no more than 30 pages); and a teaching dossier that includes a teaching statement, sample syllabi, course materials and teaching evaluations. Equity and diversity are among UTM’s core values and are essential to academic excellence; for these reasons, we seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service align with our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore asked to include a diversity statement, consisting of a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover the candidate’s experience with or understanding of such topics as (but not limited to) research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referees via email (on letterhead, dated after July 1, 2019, and signed) to Lori Innes by the closing date. The letters should be addressed to Heather Miller, Vice-Dean Teaching and Learning UTM, with the Subject line “Writing Studies Associate Professor hire”.

Submission guidelines can be found here. We ask that candidates combine requested documents into two or three files in PDF/MS Word files in the following format:

  • Letter, CV, research statement, diversity statement, and teaching dossier, titled: Job#2000090-YourSurnameFirstname-application.pdf (or .doc)
  • The teaching dossier can be a separate document if too large to bundle with the above; if a separate document, please title as: Job#2000090-YourSurnameFirstname-teachingdossier.pdf (or .doc).
  • Recent publication, titled Job#2000090-YourSurnameFirstname-publication.pdf (or .doc)

PLEASE NOTE: Documents too large to be submitted to the online system (8.3 MB maximum per attachment) will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Heather Miller, Vice-Dean Teaching and Learning, UTM.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by April 6, 2020.