Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie Special Section

In 2020, the Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie (CJSDW/R) will publish a special section based on presentations made at the Canadian Writing Centres Association/L’Association canadienne des centres de rédaction (CWCA/ACCR) 2019 conference. Guest editors Liv Marken and Nadine Fladd welcome article submissions from all research panel, workshop, roundtable, or Ideas Exchange presenters. Work that was not presented at the 2019 CWCA/ACCR conference, but which is closely related to the conference theme, will also be considered for publication.

The theme of CWCA/ACCR 2019 conference—the writing centre multiverse—inspired many conversations around how writing centres “navigate, respond to, and negotiate the “multiverse” we all inhabit—in our spaces, our practices, and our research.”

More information can be found here.

Deadline: August 30, 2019

Call for Papers: Eighteenth Claflin University Conference on English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions

Theme: Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum and E-Learning

Dates: October 30-31, 2019

Panel proposals and paper abstracts are invited on best practices in teaching with a focus on technologies and e-learning. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers. Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words. Brief bios of 175 words are required. Electronic submissions are requested. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. Panels are limited to four (4) presenters per panel.

Papers and panels are solicited on:

  • Teaching and learning in the digital age
  • All aspects of studying and teaching literature (including World Literature and travel literature)
  • Creative writing/ Creative writing pedagogy
  • Composition pedagogy
  • Teaching foreign languages

Send all submissions here.

Receipt deadline: September 14, 2019

The registration fee for the conference is $35 for faculty members. The fee is waived for undergraduate and graduate students.

Call for Proposals: Third Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference

The Academic Writing and English Language Learners (AWELL) conference is a two-day conference designed for faculty, instructors, and writing centre professionals who teach and tutor ELL students. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and approaches that may be used directly in classrooms and tutoring sessions. This year’s conference will be held on November 1 and 2, 2019 at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


This conference will provide an open forum to all those interested in any area of additional language studies and academic writing, including digital writing pedagogies, multiliteracies, plurilingualism, and intercultural writing supports. Questions for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pedagogy and practice for multilingual classrooms
  • ELL pedagogy relating to globalized students
  • Learning community writing practice
  • Technology in writing practice relating to ELLs
  • Multimodal and digital approaches to ELL writing instruction and practice
  • Considerations of general teaching and learning practice to ELLs.

Proposals are due July 22, 2019


Suresh Canagarajah, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Canagarajah, named as one of the top 50 scholars who have shaped the field of TESOL by TESOL International, is the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in the Departments of Applied Linguistics and English at Pennsylvania State University, as well as the Director of the Migration Studies Project. Among many other awards, Dr. Canagarajah is a recipient of the Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award by the American Association of Applied Linguistics; the Mina P. Shaughnessy Award (2015) by the Modern Language Association for the Outstanding Scholarly Book in the Fields of Language, Culture, Literacy, or Literature for his book Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013); Best Book Award (2016) from the American Association of Applied Linguistics for Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (2013). He is the author of more than 10 books and dozens of book chapters, academic articles, and other publications, both in English and Tamil. His book, Critical Academic Writing and Multilingual Students (2002), is required reading in the field of academic writing and multilingual instruction.

Stephanie Bell, Writing Centre Director, York University

Dr. Bell is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and Director of the Writing Centre at York University. She has delivered multiple presentations on digital writing and production at conferences for the International Writing Centres Association, Canadian Writing Centres Association, and Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing. She is a board member of the Canadian Writing Centres Association. Her innovative digital student production forum, Scratch Media, features student podcasts and other media produced through her writing courses. A co-authored monograph proposal, “Bring a hard copy to your appointment”: Tooled-up, networked, multimodal writing at the Writing Centre, is in submission to with Inkshed Publications.


Job Opportunity: Associate Director for English as an Additional Language Initiatives, Centre for Educational Excellence, Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University is searching for an Associate Director for English as an Additional Language Initiatives, within its newly formed Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE). The Associate Director will develop and advance an EAL strategy for SFU, in collaboration with other stakeholders on campus, and build a team to provide language development support. This role is a crucial component of SFU’s commitment to supporting the learning experience of our students, and our commitment to international and multilingual learners. The ideal candidate is a collaborative team-builder with experience in language development and support at the post-secondary level.

The full posting can be found hereThe closing date is July 3, 2019. Questions and inquiries can be addressed to Elizabeth Elle, Associate Vice-President, Learning and Teaching.