Saturday, February 13, 2010

Modern Language Association looking for speakers on professional writing

Proposals are now being accepted for the four technical and professional communication sessions to be held at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) Conference in Albuquerque, NM, October 14-16, 2010.  Proposals for presentations should include a 200-word abstract and a 50-word biographical statement. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit; co-authored proposals and panel proposals are especially welcome.  Proposals are due by March 7 and acceptance notifications will be sent by March 20 so that presenters can pay current-year RMMLA dues ($35 for faculty, $25 for students) before April 1 to appear in the program.

The sessions will include:

1. Technical and Professional Communication in the Classroom.
Panel Chair: Ryan Hoover, ryan.hoover@ttu.edu
Proposals should discuss new and innovative strategies used in the classroom. Methods for applying theories of rhetoric, composition, ethics, electronic technology, or information design are especially welcome.

2. Technical and Professional Communication in the Workplace and Beyond.
Panel Chair: Erik Juergensmeyer, juergensmeyer_e@fortlewis.edu 
Proposals should discuss ways to integrate coursework with internships, service learning, employment, or any other types of experiential learning.

3. Theory and Research in Technical and Professional Communication.
Panel Chair: David Reamer, dreamer@ut.edu
Proposals should discuss current research being conducted, courses in research theory and practice, or new theories in need of wider implementation.

4. Forces of Change in Technical and Professional Communication.
Panel Chair: Alan Blackstone, alanb@ext.usu.edu
Proposals should address new directions or trends in the field, including how the discipline is changing in both academia and the workplace.

RMMLA is a friendly and well-attended conference that offers interesting excursions and evening activities.  Please send proposals as e-mail attachments in MS Word to the session chair listed above or to the RMMLA program chair for technical and professional communication: <dreamer@ut.edu>. Proposals may also be sent using snail-mail to the following address (postmarked by March 1, 2010):
David Reamer, PhD
Assistant Professor of English
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy, Box R
Tampa, FL 33606

hat tip:  Ben Opipari

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