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FIU's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) and Humanities Edge program invite presentation proposals for our Spring 2022 WAC Summit, "Teaching with Writing in the Humanities in Urban, Multilingual Contexts."

The Summit will be held at Florida International University on Friday, March 18th, 2022 from 9am to 1pm and will encourage humanities faculty to share best practices for incorporating culturally and linguistically responsive writing and critical thinking pedagogies within their classrooms.

 As humanities educators, we understand the importance of attending to the holistic student and valuing the cultural and linguistic experiences they bring to our classrooms. This is especially relevant at both FIU and MDC, where more than 60% of our students identify as Hispanic. Thus, in light of our diverse student contexts, we invite faculty to submit presentation proposals that offer culturally and linguistically responsive approaches for incorporating writing in the humanities-based classroom.  

In this call, we embrace a broad notion of “writing” wherein writing is not confined to written words on a print page. With the abundance of information and communication technologies available for today’s writers, the current literacy and communication scenarios are redefined. In short, our students are multimodal, multiliterate, multilinguistic communicators. We encourage faculty to share innovative pedagogical and technology uses in our classrooms in order to support students’ multimodal meaning-making practices in our urban, multilingual contexts.  

This theme is meant to provide many diverse avenues for exploration and faculty interpretation. Presentations might respond to (but are not limited to) the following questions:   

  • How might we use digital and/or non-digital writing to cultivate our multilingual (and monolingual) students’ critical thinking skills? 
  • How can student writers benefit from multimodal composing as it provides alternatives for them to compose in modes other than the alphabetic mode? 
  • How can student writers construct their identities and voices using a variety of modes in humanities courses? 
  • Social media, collaborative and interactive sites (Google, Wiki, etc.), visual and web design programs (Medium, Wix, Piktochart, etc.), movie-making programs (iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc.) and audio editing programs (Audacity, etc.) have been used in humanities courses to support student success. What are potential pedagogical risks and/or benefits for incorporating digital technologies such as these in humanities courses? 
  • How might we use digital and/or non-digital writing, collaborative group work, and/or low-stakes writing to promote linguistic and/or cultural awareness? 
  • In what ways can writing in humanities classes be used to support our students’ personal growth (i.e., emotional, social, ethical, intellectual, and/or spiritual development)?
  • What are the specific language demands of humanities classes at the post-secondary level, and how can they be supported?
  • What does it look like to maintain academic rigor while implementing learner-centered pedagogical practices that enhance language development in diverse and equitable ways? 
  • What is the role of the instructor in challenging monolingual norms within the humanities-based classroom? 

The application is open to all FIU and MDC full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and graduate students working in humanities disciplines including the digital humanities, art + art history, history, English, philosophy, modern languages, liberal studies, and women's and gender studies.

From the submitted proposals, 12 faculty will be chosen to present at the seminar. Each presenter will deliver a 10-minute, three-slide presentation.

Presenters will receive a stipend for their participation. Lunch will be provided.  

This seminar is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022.

Apply to the Spring 2022 WAC Summit