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  • 8 Mar 2023 11:19 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Please join us for GSOLE’s Annual Member Gathering! In the past, we have held this session at CCCC, but this year, we’ll meet online on March 22, at 3:30 pm ET. At this Zoom session, you’ll have an opportunity to learnengage, and contribute.

    This meeting is free and open to everyone!  Please register now here: GSOLE Annual Meeting Registration

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  • 7 Mar 2023 12:08 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Register now for the March 2023 #GSOLE Webinar featuring Kitty S. C. Burroughs! 

    "Globalising literacies: Fostering engagement and innovation in HyFlex instruction" “Reflective Writing in HyFlex Instruction: From Gaining Self-Knowledge and Identity to Building Empathy and Safe Learning Community"

    Register here:

  • 1 Dec 2022 9:36 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for the #GSOLE23 Annual Online Conference!

    Use this link to register now!

    Regular GSOLE members – $10.00
    Conference registration for all non-student and non-contingent members of GSOLE, including those whose membership is sponsored by their institution.

    Sponsor Registration Registration code required
    Use the code provided on your sponsorship receipt to register at no additional cost.

    Student and contingent faculty GSOLE members – $5.00

    Registration is open only to current GSOLE members. If you are not a member but wish to register for the conference, please join GSOLE first.

    Already registered? Visit the 2023 Conference Portal to begin participating on January 27.

    NOTE: Access to protected conference activities and pages is not immediate. Each registration needs to be processed. We will monitor new registrations more frequently as we approach the synchronous meeting on February 3.

    Image of Dr. Y'Shanda Rivera announcing the plenary talk "Understanding the times (and knowing what to do) How Culturally Ecologically rooted ideologies and practices can promote equity and literacy across k-12 and higher education"

    Photo of Mahli Mechenbier, J.D. announcing the plenary talk "Now what?" Next Steps for Contingent Faculty when your WPA assigns you an online course"

  • 8 Nov 2022 7:44 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Dr. Y'Shanda Rivera 

    Understanding the Times (and knowing what to do)How Culturally ecologically rooted ideologies and practices can promote equity and literacy across K-12 and higher education

    Dr. Y’Shanda Rivera earned a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Her research centers around improving educational and social outcomes for highly-vulnerable adolescents via cultural ecological frameworks, school community partnerships, critical literacy engagement, identity development, and the design of learning environments.

    A state-certified teacher and administrator who has held a number of classroom and administrative positions across K-12 and higher education, Dr. Rivera has over 25 years of combined experience in research, literacy, leadership training, professional development and cultural competency. Her professional and volunteer collaborations extend across a range of organizations including several local schools, universities, and community organizations.

    As an educational consultant, Dr. Rivera has given a number of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and media appearances/interviews, some of which include: A Political Ecology of African American English (2021) at the College of the Atlantic, Academic, Cultural, Religious and Political Actions to Promote Anti-Racism (2020) with the Aptly Outspoken Collective,

    ESPN’s The Undefeated as a Culture and Language Expert (2019), We Raise Foundation’s Community Conversation From Challenges to Celebrations: How Community Collaborations Serve Youth” (2019), and Code Meshing: Critical Awareness in Action (2018) at Frontier Center for Urban Education at Nazareth College. She has published articles/chapters in: This Ain't Yesterday's Literacy: Culture and Education After George Floyd (2021) and Continuing the Journey 2: Becoming a Better Teacher of Authentic Writing where she penned: Valuing

    Students’ Language Repertoires: An Ecological Perspective (2018). In 2014, Dr. Rivera co-authored Other People’s English: Code Meshing, Code Switching and African American Literacy, which is now in its 2 nd edition (2019).

    In addition to her role as an educational consultant, Dr. Rivera is the Director of Strategy, Research and Partnerships at R City Community Development Center located in Chicago and an adjunct professor of academic writing in the University of Maryland’s Global Campus (UMGC) Writing Across the Curriculum department.

    An image of Dr. Y'Shanda Rivera framed in purple and green circles announcing the topic of a plenary talk for the GSOLE Conference 2023. The topic title is "Understanding the Times (and knowing what to do): How Culturally Ecologically rooted ideologies and practices can promote equity and literacy across k-12 and higher education"

    Mahli Mechenbier, J.D.

    "Now What?": Next Steps for Contingent Faculty when Your WPA assigns you an online course

    Mahli Mechenbier, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at Kent State University: Geauga, teaches Technical Writing, Professional Writing, Argumentative Prose Writing, Introduction to LGBT Literature, and College Writing. Mahli is a certified Master Reviewer and a certified Face-to-Face Facilitator for Quality Matters. 

    Prof. Mechenbier graduated with a Master of Arts in English Literature from John Carroll University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Akron.  She was a member of NCTE's Committee for Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction and was an editor for the OWI’s Open Resource from 2013 – 2016.  Mahli was the recipient of the College of Arts & Sciences 43rd annual Distinguished Teacher Award in 2012.

    Her research interests include asynchronous online tone and communication methods; how academic administrations manage and budget distance learning; the unionization of professors; and the employment conditions and intellectual property rights of contingent faculty members.

    Prof. Mechenbier has been teaching at Kent State University since 2003.

    Mahli was adopted from South Vietnam through Operation Babylift after an American missionary nun found her next to a road outside of Saigon.  She has two cats: Freyja and Hyperion.

    “Now What?”: Next Steps for Contingent Faculty when Your WPA Assigns You an Online Writing Course

    An image of Mahli Mechenbier, J.D. a plenary speaker for the GSOLE Conference 2023. The image of Mahli is framed in purple and green circles and information about the conference is presented, such as the #gsole23 and the date of the conference, friday, february 3 2023. The topic of the talk is "now what: Next steps for contingent faculty when your WPA assigns you an online course"

  • 1 Nov 2022 10:18 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Publish With GSOLE

    The Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) invites potential contributors to visit our OLOR For Authors page to review opportunities to publish your research about and approaches to online literacy education in one of GSOLE's three publications OLOR Effective PracticesResearch in Online Education (ROLE), and OLOR Reviews.

    All OLOR publications have a rolling submission process and welcome contributors from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of expertise. GSOLE is committed to diversity, inclusivity, and access in literacy-based online education. To learn more about the organization and its mission, we invite you to visit the About GSOLE page and review the Online Literacy Instruction Principles and Tenets.

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  • 7 Oct 2022 7:33 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    The GSOLE Annual Conference, "Visions and Sites of Online Literacy Education", will be held online and live on February 3, 2023.  

    Click here if you would like to submit a proposal for a presentation at the conference! 

  • 4 Oct 2022 12:35 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    The 2022-2023 GSOLE Webinar Series November Event

    2022-2023 Webinar Series Globalising literacies: Fostering engagement and innovation in HyFlex instruction During the COVID-19 pandemic, higher education stakeholders scrambled to develop processes for effective online learning. Some of these processes drew on established practices; many did not. In this webinar, presenters will provide an active forum for faculty, staff, and administrators to reflect on digital practices enacted before, during, and after the pandemic. Throughout, participants will consider what positionalities and factors influence how administrators, faculty, students, and other stakeholders define “digital ethics" and identify the results of the rapid shift to online and hybrid learning in their contexts. Facilitators will then share ethically sound strategies for addressing digital teaching and learning practices, using our work with eportfolios to offer several exemplary cases. REGISTER TODAY:

    Register Here:

  • 30 Sep 2022 10:38 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

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    GSOLE  Call for Volunteers

    WHY volunteer your time with GSOLE? Members decide to volunteer for GSOLE for lots of reasons: establishing a professional network, expanding leadership skills, or building a CV or resume. No matter the personal reasons, GSOLE volunteers are vital to the organization’s mission of providing support and resources for educators and administrators in today’s digital learning environments

    WHO should volunteer? GSOLE welcomes any member interested in one of our open positions, including those who consider themselves non-experts. You’ll find support and collegiality across the organization. If you’ve always wanted to get more involved, now is the time.

    Digital Platforms Manager

    GSOLE is seeking a current member to serve as our Digital Platforms Manager. This is a two-year appointment that can be renewed with approval of the Executive Board. Some experience in setting up accounts services and modifying web pages is expected, but not necessarily in the context of an organization. The position entails about 10 hours of monthly volunteer time:

    • Monitor the <> email account.

    • Lead one or more online committee meetings each month.

    • Manage and maintain organizational accounts on all our digital platforms (especially Wild Apricot, Google Suites, Zoom, and various social media platforms), including setting up access for other volunteers and members.

    • Coordinate technical support for organizational activities taking place on GSOLE’s digital platforms, including preparing or setting up digital platforms for use by GSOLE programs (e.g., conferences, webinars, etc.) and responding to requests for assistance in accessing, using, and participating in GSOLE’s events, resources, and programs.

    • Work with the Digital GSOLE Committee and Lead Content Curator to establish policies and procedures for using and maintaining GSOLE’s operational data (e.g., member records, invoices, etc.), public and administrative web pages, and digital assets (e.g., archives, articles, etc.).

    • Help update and develop the organization’s website by collaborating with the Lead Content Curator, Membership Officer, Communication Officer, and assistant Content Curators, and other officers or committee chairs.

    • Research and recommend the acquisition of new digital technologies to further GSOLE’s overall mission of inclusive online literacy education.

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    OLOR Reader/Reviewers

    GSOLE is seeking Reader/Reviewers for all two of its publications: Research in Online Literacy Education (ROLE), and OLOR Reviews. Duties for this role include an estimated 20 hours of service per year:

    • Responding to drafts within one month of submission assignment with a maximum of 3 assignments per year.

    • Providing marginal feedback throughout the submission with specific questions and items for revision.

    • Making recommendations for accepting, rejecting, or accepting with revisions.

    • Communicating with the Editor and/or the Editorial Board as needed.

    • Working with authors to revise as needed.

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email one of the following:

    Copy Editors

    GSOLE is seeking TWO dedicated Copy Editors who will perform copy editing across the three publications. Duties for this role include an estimated 8-10 hours of service per month:

    • Responding to drafts within one month of submission assignment

    • Tracking changes of any copy edits for final approval by authors

    • Applying your knowledge of APA citation, consistent formatting, and paragraph- and sentence-level clarity to in-process manuscripts

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    Content Curators

    GSOLE is seeking TWO Content Curators who will be responsible for adding and updating publication content to the GSOLE website. Duties for this role include an estimated 8-10 hours per month:

    • Posting submissions to the website according to each publication’s guidelines within one month of submission assignment.

    • Creating technically accessible digital content from Word processor documents.

    • Communicating as needed with all stakeholders: editors, authors, other content curators of the GSOLE website.

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    Webinar Committee Members 

    GSOLE is seeking members of the Webinar Committee to help plan and implement the yearly webinar series alongside the current co-chairs. Members of this committee could commit to the following:

    • Writing and disseminating a yearly call for proposals

    • Reviewing and responding to proposals

    • Planning the webinar schedule

    • Promoting webinars across platforms

    • Working with webinar presenters to plan webinar activities

    • Maintaining the webinar website and repository

    If you are interested in this role or need more information, please email

    Ad-Hoc Committee for GSOLE Policy Writing/Revising

    GSOLE is seeking to create an ad-hoc committee to review and recommend various policies for our by-laws (see Article IV, Section 2.1 of our by-laws). We’ve grown a lot over the past few years, so this is an important area for the organization as we continue to grow. Members of this committee would commit to the following:

    • Reviewing existing policies and recommending updates

    • Researching and recommending new policies

  • 26 Sep 2022 5:41 AM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    Dear GSOLE Members,

    We are excited to announce this year's webinar series, "Globalizing literacies: Fostering engagement and innovation in HyFlex instruction." In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the webinars team is welcoming our increasingly hybrid-flexible "new normal" literacies instruction with the following webinar opportunities:

    • Considering digital ethics in post-pandemic pedagogy and curricula: The case of e-portfolios, presented by Kristina Hoeppner, Megan Mize, Sarah Zurhellen, and Kevin Kelly (November 7, 2022, 5:00–6:30 pm ET)
    • Blurring the edges: Using messaging programs to enable and extend class interactions, presented by Stephen David Grover (date/time in February, 2023 TBA)
    • Reflective writing in HyFlex instruction: From gaining self-knowledge and identity to building empathy and a safe learning community, presented by Kitty Burroughs (March 31, 2023, 4:00–5:30 pm ET)
    • Creating flexible learning support for open-access teaching in a digital age, presented by Joanne Baird Giordano and Cassandra Phillips (date/time in May, 2023 TBA)

    Webinars and webinar recordings are free to all GSOLE members. Please be on the lookout for information regarding registration for our first session on November 7, 2022.

    We look forward to seeing you online!

    Best regards,

    The GSOLE Webinar Team

    Jennifer Burke Reifman (

    Caitlin Field (

  • 21 Sep 2022 1:10 PM | Justin Cary (Administrator)

    *Due to the impact of Hurricane Ian, the September 30 virtual workshop, "Turning the Page: Notes Towards Mindfulness, Motivation and Meaningful Work at HBCU Writing Centers and Programs", has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 12.*

    GSOLE Colleagues,

    The AWAC Mentoring Committee is excited to announce our first fall virtual workshop, “Turning the Page: Notes Towards Mindfulness, Motivation, and Meaningful Work at HBCU Writing Centers and Programs,” Friday, September 30th at 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern/11 a.m. U.S. Central/ 10 a.m. U.S. Mountain/ 9 a.m. U.S. Pacific, presented by Dr. Kendra Mitchell, Dr. Robert Randolph, Jr., and Amber Lunderman. As part of our affiliation with GSOLE, AWAC welcomes GSOLE members to join us for one of our virtual workshops each year.

    Workshop Overview

    Drawing upon their award-winning 2018 International Writing Center Association keynote address, the presenters will discuss the strategies and techniques they employ in their writing programs to promote mindfulness, motivation, and meaningful work at HBCUs. They are exploring this meaningful work of mindful motivation in the HBCU writing centers as makerspaces. First, they will talk about practical mindfulness techniques that help to decrease anxiety, track intentionality, and promote reflection. Then, they will discuss the intersections of African American Language (AAL) and Edited American English (EAE) to provide students with a sense of agency and motivation. Lastly, they will speak about how writing ecologies, including writing centers, help promote a sense of meaningful work that extends beyond writing assignments.

    For more information and to register, visit the Events page on the AWAC website.

    Speaker Bios

    Kendra Mitchell (she/her), is Director of Composition at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she has taught composition, literature, and historical linguistics. She serves as an Executive Committee member for NCTE and was also appointed to the NCTE Committee for Change, a social justice-driven committee. Her research interests include the intersections of translanguaging, writing center studies, and Black ways of knowing. Dr. Mitchell’s writing center scholarship can be found in the Writing Center Journal, Praxis Journal, and several book collections. Her current scholarship includes mapping geospatial, social, and multimodal circulation of Black identities and culture at/as HBCUs found in her forthcoming co-edited special issue in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Transdisciplinarity @HBCUs: (Re)Writing Black Futures beyond the Margins, and her forthcoming HBCU writing center co-edited collection, Makin’ A Way Outta No Way: HBCUs, Writing Centers, & Antiracism.

    Robert Randolph, Jr., PhD (he/him), is Director of The Writing Center at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. His research and teaching interests include 20th- and 21st-century African American literature and cultural production, socio-cultural foundations of education, and Black feminist and queer rhetorics and pedagogies. His notable publications include “The Queer Poetics of Social Justice: Literacy, Affect(ion), and the Critical Pedagogical Imperative” and “Shifting the Talk: Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Feminism at HBCUs.”

    Amber Lunderman (she/hers) is a Fall 2021 graduate of Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She currently works as a tutor in the FAMU Writing Resource Center and as a Marketing Assistant for Anhinga Press in Tallahassee. During her senior year, Amber was a student editor for FAMU’s literary Journal, CaKe, an experience which inspired her to want to pursue a post-graduate degree in Publishing. She will be attending Rosemont College in spring of 2023 where she will be on a quest to obtain a double degree in Publishing and Creative Writing. Amber is a lover of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and historical fiction.

    Questions? Please contact AWAC Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs Lindsay Clark ( and Amy Cicchino (

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