Claflin University Pedagogy Conference Set for October 29-30

Oct 28, 2014

Claflin University will host its 13th annual Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions on Wednesday and Thursday, October 29-30, 2014.

This year’s theme is “Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum.” Sessions will be held in Ministers’ Hall, the Ernest J. Finnney Library in Ministers’ Hall and the Multipurpose Room in Claflin’s Campus Center.

The two-day conference is sponsored by the Claflin University Department of English and Foreign Languages. Pedagogy is the study and process of teaching.

Professor Philip Gerard of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington will present faculty development lectures on the writer and his craft at 1 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Ministers’ Hall.

Gerard’s Lyceum Series reading will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Ministers’ Hall. The public is invited to attend.

Gerard teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC-Wilmington. His books include Down the Wild Cape Fear (2013), The Patron Saint of Dreams (2012), Creative Nonfiction: Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life (2004), Secret Soldiers (2002), Writing a Book That Makes a Difference (2000), Desert Kill (2000) and Cape Fear Rising (1997). Some of his other creative writing achievements include the publication of numerous essays, short stories and radio commentaries. He has appeared on CNN, CSPAN, the History Channel and National Public Radio. Gerard has also scripted 11 public television documentaries.

The pedagogy conference that began as a one-day event in 2002 has grown to include presenters and participants from 15 institutions in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Maryland. The conference has become a regional forum for different types of writing pedagogy. Former keynote speakers include such well-known scholars and artists as Peter Elbow, Kwame Dawes, Judi Ann Mason, David Holmes, Keith Gilyard, Thomas E. Kennedy, Mark Cox and Nahid Rachlin. Claflin students are able to attend sessions and receive exposure to a professional conference on campus.

The Conference on Contemporary English and Language Arts Pedagogy in Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions was founded by Dr. Zia Hasan, vice president for Planning, Assessment and Information Services, and English professor Dr. Peggy Ratliff. Dr. Mitali Wong has served as the director of this conference since 2002. Dr. Dennis Bormann, an active member of the original planning committee, serves as co-director.

For more information about the conference, call Dr. Mitali Wong at (803) 535-5221 or e-mail

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

8-8:30 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast – Ministers’ Hall

8:45 a.m. – Welcome by Dr. Zia Hasan

9 a.m. – The Occasion by Dr. Peggy Ratliff

9:15-10:30 a.m. – Session I: Rhetorical Criticism of Fiction in the Study of Broadcast and Print Journalism:  A Professional Look at the Process of Persuasion – Ministers’ Hall

Session II: Perspectives on Bullying and Other Types of Conflict – Ministers’ Hall Library

Session III: Becoming a Field Journalist – Multipurpose Room

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Luncheon – Ministers’ Hall Main Hall

2:30-3:45 p.m. – Session IV: Global and Multicultural Approaches to Teaching – Ministers’ Hall

Session V: Pre-Service Teachers' Experiences Working with K-12 ELLs Through the NPD Program – Ministers’ Hall Library

Session VI: Best Practices in Composition Pedagogy – Multipurpose Room

4-4:40 p.m. – Special Session: Using Digital Tools in the Classroom – Ministers’ Hall Main Hall


Thursday, October 30, 2014

8:30-9 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast – Ministers’ Hall

9-10:15 a.m. – Session VII: Teaching the Language of College Composition – Ministers’ Hall

            Session VIII: Cross-pollination: Health Disparities and the Literary Genius in Jamaica Kincaid's Memoir My Brother– Ministers’ Hall Library

            Session IX: Prewriting Strategies and the Role of Metacognition in Reading Comprehension – Multipurpose Room

12-1:30 p.m. – Lunch (on your own) – Lunch is available in the 1869 Club on campus for $7

1:30-2:45 p.m. – Session X: The New Non-Traditional: Personalizing Literature Across the Generations – Ministers’ Hall

Session XI: Approaches to Creative Writing – Ministers’ Hall Library

            Session XII: Strategies for Digital Humanities Pedagogy – Multipurpose Room

3-4:15 p.m. – Session XIII: Literature and Culture – Ministers’ Hall

            Session XIV: TBA – Ministers’ Hall Library

            Session XV: TBA – Multipurpose Room

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