Call for Proposals 43rd Annual Conference

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March 21, 2020 Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ

Joyce Carol Oates famously asked, "Where are you Going? Where have you Been?" As the English profession continues to evolve, our conference will explore these questions. 

We are particularly interested in proposals for full traditional panels including at least four presenters, roundtables of six to eight speakers, workshops, individual papers, posters, and presentations that consider these questions for the profession, for the discipline, for our areas of specialization, and for the larger society. What is our role as scholars, researchers, teachers and community members during a time of worldwide transition?

Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the conference will be Leonard Cassuto. Dr. Leonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University, where he teaches American literature and writes about subjects ranging from crime fiction to the scientific search for room-temperature semiconductors.  He also writes a column for The Chronicle of Higher Education called “The Graduate Adviser,” where he examines the state of the profession in general and graduate education in particular. For more information on Dr. Cassuto’s research and teaching, please see

Proposal Submission Guidelines

We encourage sessions on literature, pedagogy, composition, and creative writing from graduate students, college/ university faculty, high school educators, and adjuncts from a variety of institutions as well as independent scholars.  

Panel Proposals: Proposals for complete sessions should include the full title of the session, chair, a list of all presenters (at least four besides the Chair), as well as their affiliations, e-mail addresses, paper/presentation titles, individual abstracts (250-300 word each) and brief bios.

Individual Paper Proposals: Proposals for individual papers should include name, affiliation, email address, a 250-300-word abstracts, and brief bio.

All proposals should be sent as electronic attachments to    

Kelly Shea at by January 15th

Graduate Student Awards in Literature, Pedagogy and Writing

Graduate Student Awards in Literature (literary analysis) or Pedagogy (teaching methodologies and reflections), and Writing (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) 

Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the NJCEA annual Graduate Student Awards. The winners of these two awards will receive Amazon gift cards and have their papers published in The Watchung Review, the official publication of the NJCEA. Complete submissions can be sent as electronic attachments to Rachael Warmington at 

Deadline for submission of essays and creative pieces:  January 15, 2020.

N.B. In order to be eligible to win the graduate student awards, students must present their work at the conference. Conference proposals should be sent as electronic attachments to Kelly Shea at by December 15th. Finalists for the creative writing award will present their work at a creative forum.