Boston Area Rhet/Comp Meeting 6.1.11 What Brings Us to the Room: Bruce Herzberg (Bentley) Credential Institution Sharing resources and mixing students and instructors Matt Parfitt (Boston University) Collaborative Research Perhaps something like the citation model Patricia Sullivan (Northeastern) Collaboration between students and faculty Conferences, seminars, etc. Gesa Kirsch (Bentley) Collaborative Research Consortium Suzanne Lane (MIT) What would a credential-granting program be? Reading/writing group Institution that raises the visibility of rhet/comp in area and universities Seminars and colloquia that instructors and students could go to… Nancy Sommers (Harvard) Continue the social group Start small and then build a more substantial organization Speaker series or workshops Pull in community colleges Steve Sutherland (Umass Boston) Workshops Re-credentialing (for long-term faculty that don’t originally have degrees in rhet/comp and therefore have difficulty moving forward in profession) Paula Mathieu (Boston College) Continuing the social group (conversations about projects and research) Start small and then build up Marlon Kuzmick (Harvard) Continuing the social group (feeding ideas for collaborative projects and research) Beth Britt (Northeastern) Involving graduate students in conversations Continuing social group Joe Bizup (Boston University) Credential-granting institution (for instructors who don’t have credentials to continue in field) Robin Reames (Bentley) Roundtables, writing groups – senior and junior faculty mixing Neal Lerner (MIT -> Northeastern) Pulling in the writing center to most of the already stated ideas Collaborative research Mini-conference Topics: how might research methods be brought into already stated ideas Matt Noonan (Northeastern) Didn’t share other than introducing self. Les Perelman (MIT) Arrived late. John Trimbur (Emerson) Arrived late. Sustainability Conversation: What Will Keep Us Coming Back? Rotating Host (+ a back up plan/host) Name and Website--identity o Staying Connected: Listserv / Google Group Organize around topics which could be reading/research/workshop/writing group-based Social aspect (informal) Money? o Split honorarium fees among members of group for “big speakers” o Pro bono presentations by members o Institutional investment Athenaeum? Bedford/St. Martins University sponsorship Membership fees (Should membership and sponsorship be separate? Should sponsorship be tiered?) Institutional sponsorship? Individual membership fee? Joe B.: Need to strategize before approaching institutions. There is a risk of underselling organization and receiving less funding than we could receive if we approach with a lesser amount than universities had in mind/available. Sponsoring this kind of organization looks good for universities as well. Perhaps having tiers of sponsorship (and maybe not advertising this). Perhaps keeping membership/event-attendance and sponsorship separate. Location – Participation o Bigger speakers once a year (open to lecturers and students) Former/Other Organizations: Former Organizations: o BAWD (Boston Area Writing Directors) – lost identity and focus o Metropolitan WPA (80s) o Often devolved because (1) their drive was maintained by a specific individual who ran out of time, energy, or interest; (2) membership location became too diffuse and shifting so members stopped attending; (3) organizations lost their focus and purpose; (4) organizations were not established as both professional development and academic inquiry. Other organizations to consider as models/Organizational Schemes: o Graduate Consortium for Women’s Studies o Rhetoricians and Compositionists at CUNY o o John Trimbur has a contact Steering committee with sub-groups/committees Summer Workshops/Institute(s) What Needs Might This Meet?: Dossier bolster/credential for CVs. Professional development (potential conflict with unionized instructors if required) Academic synergy and conversation Desire for collaborative research (both graduate student/faculty and faculty/faculty) Increasing awareness of Boston schools as rich in rhet/comp o Boost university awareness of discipline, resources and work done by scholars o Draw graduate students and other scholars Name: BARCC Boston Area Rhetoric and Composition Consortium (Taken) BARACK (Boston Area Rhetoric and Composition Konsortium (Too political) CRAB? (Composition/Rhetoric Around Boston) CCAR? (Consortium for Composition and Rhetoric) BARCS NERDS BCCR Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network (BRAWN) Types of Activities/Committees/Responsibilities: Activity Groups/Responsibilities: Summer colloquia/institute/conference/symposia—aiming for next summer o Career development and academic inquiry o Practical and theoretical (there was talk on both sides, but the idea of both seemed pleasing to most) o Neal Lerner, Joe Bizup, Matt P. Workshops/forums for discussion/book club/work groups/interest groups: o Topics: assessment, using courses/citation practices, writing centers, research methods, multimodal composition o Floated ideas: Gather grad students around a research topic that could lead to publication Book group/discussion groups around topics Humanities Center model o Patricia Sullivan, Robin Reames Writing groups/retreats o Suzanne Lane, Nancy Sommers Certificate (perhaps more long-term) Consortium (perhaps more long-term) Collaborative research o Neal Lerner, Robin Reames, Steve Sutherland Speaker series Social events o Book-launch-esque events Market research/surveys o Use Survey Monkey Lecturers, WPA, and graduate students Discover what interests them, what they’d most like to see, what they’d most likely attend, what they need. Joe Bizup, Suzanne Lane, Chris Gallagher Organization Groups/Responsibilities: Once sponsorship/funding is decided, we will need a treasurer. Potential Hosts o Next full group meeting: Early September, Harvard Presentations by the sub-committees, conversations, and revisions o Next potential informal meeting: John Trimbur’s Solidarity or Service book launch o Volunteer hosts: Nancy Sommers/Harvard, BU, BC, and Bentley Steering Committee o Purpose: decide membership/sponsorship structure, organization/committee structure, process for selecting/moving forward with events, mission statement, and branding and website development. o Members: Paula Mathieu, Nancy Sommers, Suzanne Lane, James Stanfill, Patricia Sullivan, Chris Gallagher.