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Listings of Past Webinar Series
The listings below document the efforts of past webinar leaders, as well as the evolving interests of online literacy educators.
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Strategies for Antiracist & Decolonial Language Pedagogy in the Online Writing Classroom
Webinar Leaders: Rachael Shapiro, Missy Watson, & Jude Miller
Date of Webinar: September 27, 2021
OverviewWriting teachers are becoming increasingly attentive to the fact that we may perpetuate, enable, or sustain systemic racism by teaching and assessing through the lens of White language supremacy (Inoue). Yet, it can be difficult to know how to get started in working for linguistic justice in practical ways in our day-to-day teaching. In this webinar, we draw from our combined experience in antiracist linguistic justice work and online pedagogy to offer concrete strategies for online writing teachers. We will briefly explore the theoretical concepts of monolingualism and translingual praxis before inviting participants to consider strategies for three specific sites for linguistic justice: critical learning outcomes, critical inquiry, and feedback and assessment.
Webinar Leader Bios
Dr. Rachael Shapiro is Associate Professor of Writing Arts at Rowan University, where she is currently serving as the Provost’s Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She has taught developmental, freshman, critical research, professional, and digital writing classes both online and face-to-face, in addition to years of writing center work. Dr. Shapiro has focused her research, teaching, and service on social justice, linguistic diversity, and antiracist and decolonial pedagogy for fifteen years in areas like digital literacies, language politics, feminism, and globalization. Her work has appeared in journals like College English, Composition Forum, and Literacy in Composition Studies.
Dr. Missy Watson is Associate Professor at City College of New York, CUNY. She serves as the Director of First-Year Writing and the Writing Across the Curriculum Programs, and she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, pedagogy, language, and literacy. Her research lies at the intersection of composition, translingualism, and second language writing and revolves around seeking social and racial justice. Her recent publications can be found in the Journal of Basic Writing, Basic Writing e-Journal, Composition Forum, Composition Studies, the Journal of Second Language Writing, and Pedagogy.
Dr. Jude Miller is a Lecturer in Rowan University’s Writing Arts department, where he is the Assistant Coordinator of the First-Year Writing Program. He primarily teaches courses in the First-Year Writing sequence, as well as technical and professional writing courses. He currently serves as the At-Large member of the CCCC OWI Standing Group, and he has been an active member of GSOLE since 2019.
Accessible Affordance of Asynchronicity: Cripping Online Instruction
Webinar Leaders: Leslie Anglesey & Molly Ubbesen
Date of Webinar: November 19, 2021
OverviewTeaching and learning in the same space at the same time is typically the unquestioned norm for education. However, in times when we are not able to come together, it becomes clearer that this synchronicity is a privilege, one that not everyone had from the start. In our webinar, we will discuss the accessible and equitable affordances we find in asynchronous teaching. Drawing on disability studies scholarship, we explore crip time as “a flexible approach to normative time frames” (Price 62). When we consider normative notions of time, we can recognize many layers of inaccessibility in many traditional writing classrooms. Online writing classrooms, however, have the opportunity to create uniquely accessible spaces because they do not solely operate upon normative notions of time. We will share our experiences teaching asynchronously and invite participants to share their own experiences, concerns, questions, and plans for the future.
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Webinar Leader Bios
Lesley R. Anglesey (she/her) is assistant professor of rhetoric and composition in the department of English at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests focus on issues of access/ibility in writing pedagogies and in health communication. She is a co-editor of Standing at the Threshold: Liminality and the Rhetoric and Composition TAship. Her work appears in Prompt: A Journal of Academic Writing Assignments, The Peer Review, and Works and Days, and has also appeared in the edited collection Interrogating Gendered Pathologies.
Molly E. Ubbesen (she/her) is assistant professor and director of writing at University of Minnesota Rochester, an interdisciplinary health sciences school, where she teaches scientific writing and disability studies. She is on the editorial team for the second edition of the collection Disability and the Teaching of Writing. Her work appears in Writing Program Administration, Composition Forum, and Disability Studies Quarterly, and she is currently conducting a research project on accessible assessment.
Webinar Leaders: Mary Lourdes Silva & Juan José Ortega
Date of Webinar: February 18, 2022
Mary Lourdes Silve is an associate professor of writing at Ithaca College. She received a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Composition Studies from UC, Santa Barbara, as well as her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction from Fresno State. Her past and current research examines the citation practices of first-year college writing students; pedagogical use of multimodal and multimedia technologies and practices; implementation of institutional ePortfolio assessment; gender/race bias in education; and movement-touch literacy as a modality to teach reflective thinking in first-year writing. She also studies and teaches the culture, literature, and dance of Argentine tango in upstate New York.
Juan José Ortega is an Environmental Engineer, Spanish Teacher, and tango analyst from Argentina. His interest in the music, lyrics, dance, and history of tango started at an early age. He moved to Buenos Aires for his academic studies and lived there for 11 years, where he continued to develop his passion for tango and the local folklore. He currently lives in Italy where he recently taught an online course at the Philadelphia School of Tango about the history of political unrest in tango lyrics.
Webinar Leaders: Marcela Hebbard, Janine Morris, & Catrina Mitchum
Date of Webinar: April 29, 2022
Marcela Hebbard, DMin and PhD Candidate, is a Lecturer III at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley where she teaches composition, linguistic and teacher preparedness courses. Her research interests include online writing pedagogy, language and identity, first-year writing, translingual and transnational writing, and teacher preparedness. She has published articles in several academic journals and edited collections.
Janine Morris, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts at Nova Southeastern University. She is also a Faculty Coordinator in the NSU Writing and Communication Center. Her research focuses on emotions and affect in writing centers, online writing instruction, and graduate student writers.