Writing on the Edge

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Jack H. Turner Conference Center
Student Resource Center (SRC) Room 2000

Writing on the Edge is the only regional conference in the US for English and ELS adjuncts and adjuncts interesting in writing. We are committed to providing professional development opportunities to adjuncts across the Midwest. Please join us for our third annual Writing on the Edge conference this fall on October 7, 2017. Our theme this year is “Connecting Across the Divide.”

Organized by the adjunct Lecturers in the English and ELS subdivision, this conference aims to bring together English and ELS adjunct faculty engaged in the teaching of writing across platforms, and to provide ample opportunities for information sharing and networking. Sessions will focus on the work of adjuncts to further composition pedagogy and address topics in multimodal literacy, technology in the classroom, positive student engagement, writing across the curriculum, and enhanced professional practice.

2016 Writing on the Edge conference website

For additional information, please contact wote@cod.edu or submit our inquiry form.

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Saturday, Oct. 7

8 a.m to 4 p.m.

8 to 8:30 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.: Opening Remarks

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.: Keynote Address: Barry Maid, Professor and Founding Head of Technical Communication, Arizona State University

10 to 11 a.m.: Breakout Session

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Breakout Session

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Breakout Session

2:45 to 3:45 p.m.: Breakout Session

3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing Remarks




Barry Maid

Barry Maid

Lynda Haas

Lynda Haas

Friday, October 6, 2017

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Would you like to use portfolios in your classes? Interested in making your own teaching portfolio to make you more competitive in the job market? Do you want to teach online, but you’re not sure where to begin? Join us for our pre-WOTE workshop!


9 to 11:30 a.m.: Teaching Writing in Digital Environments: The Good, the Bad, and the Sometimes Ugly

Barry Maid, Professor and Founding Head of Technical Communication, Arizona State University

Over the last three decades, digital technologies have moved from being an added part of our classrooms to the point where now, with online classes, they may define our classrooms. For some, the change has appeared to be natural and almost seamless. However, for most instructors, some, or sometimes all, new digital technologies seem like one more impediment to good teaching.

Drawing on my over thirty years’ experience of using digital technologies in my writing classes, I want to set the stage for our day-long conversations. I’d like us to confront questions such as but not limited to:

  • Do I have to use digital technologies to teach writing?
  • Will using digital technologies help or hurt my students?
  • Are some technologies better than others?
  • How can I get my students to pay attention when their technology distracts them?
  • Can my students compose more than 140 characters?

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lunch


1 to 4 p.m., “Digital Teaching : Making the Transition from Face-to-Face Classes to Online Classes”

Barry Maid, Professor and Founding Head of Technical Communication, Arizona State University, and Lynda Haas, Composition Lecturer, University of California-Irvine

The facilitators will begin the workshop by asking participants to describe some of the instructional practices that they consider most effective in face-to-face classrooms. The group will then discuss ways to adapt those practices to meet the needs of students in online classes. This session will offer an opportunity to share participants’ success stories, to reflect on those successes, and to adapt those successful practices to other teaching situations.

Register now for Writing on the Edge 2017Connecting Across the Divide

  • Writing on the Edge Conference (Saturday, Oct. 7): $30 (Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch and entry into all sessions.)
  • Combined Registration for Pre-Conference Workshop and Conference (Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7): $100

Register for the conference

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Lisle/Naperville

Hilton Hotel Lisle
3003 Corporate West Drive I Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: (630) 505-0900

A block of rooms has been reserved for Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7 at Hilton of Lisle/Naperville.

Call for (630) 505-0900 and mention code CODW


Reserve Online at www.lislenaperville.hilton.com.

Enter arrival and departure dates on the main screen. On the left hand side you will see a button that reads “Have a special code?” click that, please type in your group code under the “Group Code” line – CODW. Your group name and rate of $95 should display when moving forward.

The last day to book a room, to guarantee group rate and availability is Thursday, Sept. 14. After this date, the block will be released and we cannot guarantee the group rate or availability.

Keynote Speaker: Barry Maid

Professor and Founding Head of Technical Communication, Arizona State University

Barry Maid

Barry Maid

Barry Maid is Professor and Founding Head of Technical Communication at Arizona State University. He has spent most of his career doing some kind of Writing Program Administration. Before coming to ASU, he spent nineteen years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where, among other duties, he directed the Writing Center and the First Year Composition Program, chaired the Department of English, and helped in the creation of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. He is also interested in academic/industry partnerships and is presently Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication.

He is the author of numerous articles and chapters primarily focusing on technology, independent writing programs, and program administration including assessment. He and Barbara D’Angelo have written multiple articles on information literacy and writing. In addition, he is a co-author, with Duane Roen and Greg Glau, of The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life. He is also co-editor, along with Barbara D’Angelo, Sandra Jameison, and Janice Walker, of Information Literacy: Research and Collaboration across Disciplines.

Platinum Level Sponsor:

McGraw Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education


Bronze Level Sponsors:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Cengage
  • MacMillan Learning


If you are interested in sponsoring our conference, please email us at wote@cod.edu.

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