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  • A Review of the “MLA-CCCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI Working Paper: Overview of the Issues, Statement of Principles, and Recommendations.”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 24 October 2023   In response to ChatGPT’s recent influence on higher education, the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC) joined together as the MLA-CCCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI to provide guidance for their respective members on best practices for integrating generative artificial intelligence (AI) into the classroom. The first result of their collaboration appeared in July 2023: “MLA-CCCC Joint Task Force on Writing and AI Working Paper: Overview of the Issues, Statement of Principles, and Recommendations.” I appreciate their working paper for its clear […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: Colleen Bond’s “A Path Forward: Non-Tenure-Track and Tenure-Track Coalitions”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 14 August 2023   Colleen Bond’s “A Path Forward: Non-Tenure-Track and Tenure-Track Coalitions” appears in FORUM: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty (volume 26, issue 02), which in turn is an insert in the March 2023 issue of Teaching English in the Two-Year College (vol. 50, issue 03). Bond is a “College Professor of English at New Mexico State University-Alamogordo” (NMSUA), a community college in the New Mexico State University System (“Locations”). Allyship between Tenured Faculty and Non-tenure Track Faculty Bond’s thesis is, “The only way to successfully address equitable treatment and inclusion for non-tenure-track […]
  • Humanities Leadership Forum by CCHA Deans’ Committee (8/3/2023)
    Please join CCHAs Deans’ Committee on 2 August, 2023 3:30pm-4:45pm, for its Humanities Leadership Forum. The CCHA Leadership Forum Date: Thursday, August 3, 2023 Time: 3:30pm – 4:45pm (EST) Place: Virtual Interactive Symposium Registration: https://forms.office.com/r/yrAty6q8AG This virtual event provides a platform for community college humanities leaders to discuss a range of timely and consequential issues germane to the success of our students, colleagues, and institutions. Our inaugural event will focus on two such topics: The impact of artificial intelligence in the humanities classroom Best practices in leadership development While the forum will be moderated by members of the Deans’ Committee, […]
  • The Archetype of Success: A Reflection on Using Writing Intensives to Boost Morale in Humanities Educators
    Karin Yearwood, Morgan State University 14 July 2023   I received the email in late May of 2023. It was an end-of-semester farewell from the President of Academic Affairs that included announcements and some of the regular finishing touches that faculty need to make before figuratively signing off for the academic year. While skimming the message, I took my regular look-for-opportunities approach. Are there new teams, committees, or groups centered on topics that favor my educational forte? What conferences, seminars or workshops are coming up that are free of charge or will be covered by departmental budgets? As an adjunct […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: Alex Camardelle, Brian Kennedy II, and Justin Nalley’s “The State of Black Students at Community Colleges”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 6 July 2023   In September 2022, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, published Alex Camardelle, Brian Kennedy II, and Justin Nalley’s “The State of Black Students at Community Colleges.” (Throughout this review, I will use “Black” rather than “African American” to align with the authors’ word choice throughout their report.) As stated on the Center’s “About” page, “The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that creates ideas to improve the socioeconomic status and civic engagement of African Americans” (par. 1). Specifically, their […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: Patty Wilde’s “Composing Addiction: A Study of the Emotional Dimensions of Writing Processes”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 19 June 2023   Patty Wilde’s “Composing Addiction: A Study of the Emotional Dimensions of Writing Processes” (published in volume 74, issue number 1 of College Composition and Communication) is a useful study of students using writing to work through their own experiences of recovering from various types of addiction. Although Wilde currently works at Washington State University Tri-Cities (191), she met the students who are the subject of this article when she worked at community colleges (164). She is interested in how students’ “affective” responses to writing about addiction affect the writing process for […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: Amanda Christie and Ann C. Dean’s “Working Conditions for Contingent Faculty in First-Year Composition Courses at Two-Year Colleges”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 1 June 2023   Amanda Christie and Ann C. Dean’s “Working Conditions for Contingent Faculty in First-Year Composition Courses at Two-Year Colleges” complements the work produced in the TYCA Workload Issues Committee’s “White Paper on Two-Year College English Faculty Workload.” My review of the TYCA white paper can also be found in this blog (Brown). It is worthwhile to read the TYCA white paper first for the broader issues of faculty workload in two-year colleges and then follow it up with a review of Christie and Dean’s report for further details on the “Working Conditions” […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: Andrea Parmegiani’s “Using the Mother Tongue as a Resource for English Acquisition”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 16 May 2023   Andrea Parmegiani’s “Using the Mother Tongue as a Resource for English Acquisition,” published as an “Instructional Note” in Teaching English in the Two-Year College (2022), argues that “the use of ESL [English as a Second Language] students’ first languages” should be considered “resources for English acquisition,” rather than an impediment to teaching English (382). He notes that teaching in the primary language of students for whom English is a second language increases success rates (383). Community colleges regularly promote the idea of meeting students where they are, so translanguage pedagogies fit […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: TYCA Workload Issues Committee’s “White Paper on Two-Year College English Faculty Workload”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 1 May 2023   The 2022 “White Paper on Two-Year College English Faculty Workload” by the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) (published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College; https://ncte.org/groups/tyca/tyca-position-statements/) began with a survey administered in Fall 2019 (292). The survey consisted of 39 questions and “included six demographics, twenty-eight closed-ended, and five open-ended questions about faculty work environment, expectations, and experiences” (292). The committee received “1,062 responses,” which focused on “teaching, service, and professional development” (292). The White Paper was written with the goal “to set in motion changes that help two-year college English […]
  • Collaborative ENG-101 Redesign: A Pilot at Monroe Community College
    Jacob Bodway, Monroe Community College 1 April 2023   Community Colleges must be the home for pedagogical innovation. The needs of Community College students are constantly changing, and in no other academic setting do we see students juggling responsibilities outside of the classroom (childcare, jobs, family emergencies). Community College educators must adapt to students’ needs by piloting new programs, by freshening their curriculum, and by collaborating on ideas, projects, and initiatives. The English and Transitional Studies Departments at Monroe Community College (MCC) have been exemplary in addressing students’ needs by building a strong Accelerated Learning Program (ALP), by collaborating on […]
  • Recent Scholarship on Community Colleges: M.L.N. Birdwell and Keaton Bayley’s “When the Syllabus Is Ableist: Understanding How Class Policies Fail Disabled Students”
    William Christopher Brown, Midland College 1 March 2023   M.L.N. Birdwell and Keaton Bayley’s “When the Syllabus Is Ableist: Understanding How Class Policies Fail Disabled Students” is a 2023 recipient of the Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award (“Awards”). The article argues that many “[g]rading criteria and classroom policies … discriminate against neurodivergent students” because the grades are determined by normative “behavior” that neurodivergent students struggle to replicate (220). Syllabi are often framed as documents that uphold and support diversity, equity, and inclusion; however, these same syllabi often interfere with neurodivergent students’ abilities to succeed in college (221). For instance, […]
  • Community College Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations: Spanish and Education at Montgomery College
    Sharon Ahern Fechter, Montgomery College 1 February 2023   Montgomery College, the largest community college in Maryland, is an active participant in the statewide Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) program. With approximately 43,000 credit and non-credit students, three campuses (with a fourth scheduled to open in fall 2023), and two workforce development sites, Montgomery College has been named the most diverse community college in the continental United States. With approximately 26% of the student population identifying as Hispanic, the College was recently designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. Collaboration between the School of Education and World Languages discipline at […]
  • Demystify Teaching Inside Prisons
    Nina Knight, Jackson College 2 January 2023   The FAFSA Simplification Act will bring about many exciting changes to higher education for incarcerated people. According to the U.S. Department of Education, this act will eliminate the ban on incarcerated students receiving Federal Pell Grants: “Beginning July 1, 2023, all incarcerated students who are enrolled in eligible prison education programs will once again be eligible for Pell Grants. These changes have the potential to increase access to postsecondary education in prisons and give many of our nation’s incarcerated persons a second chance” (Prison Education Programs Questions Answered). Those who work in […]
  • Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) Conference 2022
    The Community College Humanities Association (CCHA), founded in 1979, is the only national organization for humanities faculty and administrators in two-year colleges. It is dedicated to strengthening and growing the humanities in two-year colleges as well as creating awareness of the value of humanities education for students, parents, employers, and members of the community. Since humanities study in higher education is not static, CCHA serves as a catalyst for defining and finding progressive solutions to the many fluid and mutable issues that face community college humanities faculty and administrators. To submit your proposal, follow the link below: https://www.cchumanities.org/conferences/national/
  • Fellowship opportunity for CC faculty: Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships 2022
    Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships Community colleges are a vital component of the higher education ecosystem and of the academic humanities in particular. Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships support the research ambitions of humanities and social science faculty who teach at two-year institutions, and ACLS invites applications for the third competition of the program this fall. These fellowships are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships
  • Producing Knowledge in/of the Local Classroom/Site: Instruction Is Equal to Research 2022
    This panel discusses the rigorous intellectual work that goes into post-secondary instruction at colleges/universities. Papers can focus on particular practices/methodologies of faculty who teach in-person, HyFlex, online, and/or real/virtual classroom spaces as research laboratories. Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 William Christopher Brown, Midland C (c_brown972@hotmail.com )
  • Advancing the Humanities through Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration 2022
    Exploring the challenges and triumphs of cross-disciplinary collaboration between community college humanities faculty and their non-humanities peers. Seeking proposals on course contextualization, infusing the humanities into CLOs, applied learning, and more. 250-word abstracts. Deadline for submissions: Tuesday, 22 March 2022 Michael Jacobs, Monroe Comm C (mjacobs20@monroecc.edu ) Sharon Ahern Fechter, Montgomery C (sharon.fechter@montgomerycollege.edu )
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  • Technology in the Classroom
    Artificial Intelligence impacts all college classrooms, but perhaps none as uniquely as the world language classroom. Rapid advances in technology have led to the development of powerful and relatively accurate translation apps. With such technology, what utility/incentive is there for learning a new language? The CCC requests papers addressing the battle between these new technologies and the humanistic and philosophical benefits of studying a new language. Follow the link to join the conversation: https://mla.hcommons.org/groups/the-challenges-of-artificial-intelligence-in-the-two-year-foreign-language-classroom/