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Previous Fall Roundtables

autumnThe Annual Fall Roundtable is an informal discussion and brunch meeting of the NJCEA, and a way to address common issues and concerns that we face as English teachers and scholars.

The 2015 Roundtable was held on October 24 at Seton Hall University and included brunch. As in the past, the event was free and open to all. There were two topics of discussion:
Knowledge Transfer in the Writing Classroom and Beyond was introduced by Dr. Gita Dasbender.
Gita is the Coordinator of Second Language Writing in the Department of English at Seton Hall University, New Jersey, where she teaches first year writing and upper level writing intensive courses. She received her PhD in English Education with an emphasis on Composition Studies from New York University. Her research interests include second language writing assessment, writing knowledge transfer, threshold concepts in writing, genre studies, international writing research, critical literacy in global contexts, and teacher education. Her publications include Language: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2013) and articles on writing center pedagogy for multilingual learners, the role of metacognition in writing development, directed self-placement of multilingual students, and critical thinking. She is a Fulbright Specialist candidate and recipient of a 2013 Fulbright Specialist grant to Vietnam. She has also been a visiting scholar and academic consultant at Ha Nam College of Teacher Education, Phu Ly, Vietnam since 2014.
Keeping it Real: Engaging the Human Experience in the 21st Century was our second topic, introduced by Dr. Maria Plochocki.
Maria holds a Doctor of Arts degree in English from St. John's University in Queens, NY. She has been teaching writing and other English courses, mostly in the NY/ NJ area, but also online, for many years. Her research interests include detective and Gothic fictions, as well as select literary and composition theories. Maria published a book in 2010, Body, Letter, and Voice: Constructing Knowledge in Detective Fiction, as well as a scholarly essay in 2013. She currently is working on an anthology of essays on detective fiction.

2014: Whither English Now? Whither NJCEA Now?
Engaging this moment of e-books, digital humanities, blogs, the history of the book, and financially-strapped students and universities, we will discuss the perennial question of the future of English and American literature and composition as fields of study and pedagogy.
What kinds of writing and reading do we teach now and how do they serve our students?
How ought we incorporate, adapt, or even resist digital humanities and technology (digital genres and readers, analytical software, e-texts, blogs)?
Do we tweak the skills we teach, the modes of reading we encourage, and the forms of writing we assign to match student skills to a digital world?
How might the skills, habits, values, and cognitive training offered by pre-digital texts and modes of reading benefit modern students?
What questions do scholars of literature and composition need to ask now? Where and why do we belong in relation to the university and public?
We then segued into a discussion of how the NJCEA serves the above ends and more:
What specific events, relationships, publications, tools, and opportunities can NJCEA provide scholars and graduate students, given the volume of competing, specialized scholarly associations to which they all belong?
Where are the future leaders and members of NJCEA?
How does NJCEA relate to the College English Association?
What ought our future conferences look like and whom do they serve?
What is the future of Watchung Review?

Our 2013 Fall Roundtable was held on October 19 at NJIT. It featured two discussion topics led by prominent researchers and practitioners in computation, new media and language studies: “Automated Assessment in Composition: Promises and Perils” Chaitanya Ramineni, ETS Researcher, specializing in AES models “Becoming Multimodal: New Literary Practices and the Screen” Natalia Federova, poet, new media artist, literary scholar and translator.

The 2012 Roundtable topic was "The Digital Humanities in Literary Studies and Composition." In a slight variation from previous roundtables, instead of focusing on two separate topics , one each for Literature and Composition, there was a focus on the single topic of "Digital Humanities."

The2011 Roundtable was held October 22 at Seton Hall University. The topics were "Global Literature in the Classroom" and "Standards and Expectations in Composition Instruction."

The 2010 October Roundtable was held at Seton Hall University and the topics for discussion were “Evaluating Writing Portfolios” and “The Future of Literary Studies.”

The 2009 Roundtable was held on October 24 at Union County College. For discussion were issues around the assessment of courses and the grading of papers in composition and literature.

The 2008 Roundtable was held October 18 at Kean University Union NJ. The topics for discussion were "Politics and the Classroom" and "Information Literacy and the Research Paper."