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LLC News

May 27, 2013

CFP: Language and Social Interaction Working Group

The third annual meeting of the Language and Social Interaction Working Group (LANSI)

Teachers College, Columbia University
New York City
October 18-19 (Fri & Sat), 2013

Sandra Thompson (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Gabriele Kasper (University of Hawaii)
Douglas Macbeth (Ohio State University)

LANSI brings together scholars and students working on naturally-occurring
data within the broad area of language and social interaction. In keeping
with the LANSI spirit of diversity and dialog, we welcome abstracts from
colleagues working on a variety of topics using discourse analytic
approaches that include but are not limited to conversation analysis,
interactional sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and critical
discourse analysis. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and
should include descriptions of the following aspects of the study: (1)
problem(s) being addressed; (2) central claim(s); (3) data source(s) and
analytic approach(es); (4) a short piece of data to support the main
argument; (5) implication(s) of the findings. Please also include a
50-word summary. Abstracts will be blind-reviewed on the basis of clarity,
specificity, originality, and the inclusion of the required components.
Papers will be presented within a 15-minute slot with an additional ten
minutes for discussion.

Deadline for electronic submission is May 30, 2013. Notification of
acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email by July 15, 2013. For
additional information and to submit an abstract, please visit:
Questions can be sent to:
Conference Co-chairs:
Hansun Zhang Waring
Sarah Creider
Elizabeth Reddington

May 16, 2013

Director of Leadership and Civic Engagement at Towson University

Towson University is seeking a dynamic, experienced, highly motivated individual to fill this key position in the Division of Student Affairs. The Director of Leadership & Civic Engagement will lead and coordinate campus-wide initiatives, programs, and activities related to leadership, civic engagement, and community development. This position has been classified as Sustainable Operations.

Responsibilities: Provide leadership and enhance the vision for campus-wide initiatives which include participatory citizenship, service learning, volunteerism, and university–community partnerships; build upon current activities to create a blueprint for success; promote a
culture of leadership and articulate a clear vision for student leadership programs on campus; serve as a source of information about student leadership programs; serve as a resource for faculty and staff as they incorporate civic engagement concepts into their curricular, co-curricular, and scholarship activities; create and expand strategic partnerships with non-university organizations to further the university’s civic engagement mission; supervise
departmental staff; and manage the department’s budget. This position may require work during evening and weekend hours as needed, for programs and special events.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Master’s degree in a related field and five years of progressively responsible experience. Must have a passion for students, leadership, civic engagement, and community involvement; demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to manage within a diverse cultural organization; excellent written and oral communication skills and experience writing and receiving grants for student programs; knowledge of PeopleSoft Financials a plus. A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Salary: $50,000-$60,000, with full University benefits to include 22 days of annual leave, 14 holidays, personal and sick days; tuition remission; and excellent health, life, and retirement plans. This position is contingent on funds being available at time of hire.

Towson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are
encouraged to apply.

Start Date: 4/25/2013 - Firm
Education: Master's Degree Required
Work Experience: 5-7 Years

To Apply: Complete the Towson University online application. Please upload a cover letter and resume.


Call for papers: 2014 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, or colloquia are invited for the Ninth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences being held at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada from 11-13 June 2014. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia.

Proposals are invited that address social sciences issues through one of the following categories:
Theme 1: Social and Community Studies
Theme 2: Civic and Political Studies
Theme 3: Cultural Studies
Theme 4: Global Studies
Theme 5: Environmental Studies
Theme 6: Organizational Studies
Theme 7: Educational Studies
Theme 8: Communications

If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Journals.

The current deadline for proposal submission (title and short abstract) is 11 June 2013*. Please visit our website at the link below for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

Proposals are also being accepted for the 2013 Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference being held in Prague, Czech Republic from 30 July - 1 August. The proposal deadline for the 2013 meeting for in-person registrations is 11 June 2013. Virtual presentations may be submitted until 30 July.

*Proposals are reviewed in rounds adhering to monthly rolling deadlines. Check the website often to see the current review round.

Vancouver & The Social Sciences Conference:
The 2012 Social Sciences Conference was hosted by the Universidad Abat Oliba in Barcelona Spain and attended by 380 scholars from 46 countries whose interests and studies spanned across a wide breadth of research areas and practices. Next year, the conference moves to Vancouver, Canada in 2014. A global metropolis with booming economic sectors in trade, film, natural resources, technology and tourism, Vancouver has also become home to a broad range of cultures that have brought with them a vibrant and distinct cacophony of cuisines, heritage, belief systems and principles which have helped shape Vancouver’s social and economic systems.

As such, this thriving international city is an ideal venue for the discussions interdisciplinary social sciences. We've strategically partnered with the University of British Columbia, whose breathtaking campus puts you within reach of the city's rich culture, diverse heritage, natural beauty and bustling business sector.

Click HERE to submit a proposal.

Call for papers: Twelfth international conference on new directions in the humanities

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the International Advisory Board, I am pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities and the Call for Submissions to the New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection:

11-13 June 2014
Universidad CEU San Pablo
Madrid, Spain

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, roundtables, poster sessions or colloquia are invited for the Twelfth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities. The conference provides a space for multicultural, interdisciplinary dialogue and publication, building on the traditions of the humanities and looking toward the future. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia.

Proposals are invited to the conference and journal that address the humanities through one of the following themes:
• Critical Cultural Studies
• Communications and Linguistic Studies
• Literary Humanities
• Civic, Political, and Community Studies
• Humanities Education

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to the New Directions in the Humanities Journal Collection. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the journal collection.

The current deadline to submit a proposal (a title and short abstract) for the 2014 conference is 6 June 2013. For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the conference, please follow the "submit a proposal" link below and submit your work to the 2014 conference and journal.

Submit your proposal for the 2013 Conference in Budapest:
In-person and virtual submissions are still open for the current year's conference in Budapest, Hungary. Submit your proposal through the "submit a proposal" link below for the Eleventh International Conference on New Directions in Humanities to be held at the Faculty of Humanities at Eötvös Loránd University from 19-21 June 2013. The final deadline for in-person submissions is 13 May 2013, virtual submission are open until the start date of the conference.

Submit your proposal in Spanish or Portuguese:
Delegates interested in submitting a proposal and presenting at the conference in either Spanish or Portuguese may submit their proposal through our partner knowledge community, Humanidades. Proposals submitted through this site will be considered for publication in the fully refereed Revista Internacional de Humanidades and will be presented in Spanish or Portuguese at the conference in a special Spanish/Portuguese-language themed session.

For more information on Spanish or Portuguese language conference presentations, please visit the Humanidades knowledge community.

May 13, 2013

USC's Teaching with Digital Media Online Course - Registration is now open

This summer, the University of Southern California's Institute for Multimedia Literacy will be offering its online course Teaching with Digital Media. This intensive 5 week course provides a hands-on experience for K-12 teachers to learn free and accessible digital tools for teaching and learning. Assignment materials like readings, videos, and hands-on activities get posted weekly and the course is asynchronous. There will be optional Google Hangouts as office hours.

Today’s students inhabit a visual, networked culture. They connect and communicate with their peers - and the public - through digital media. Many assume that these “digital natives”are fully literate with regard to media; however, we believe that students need guidance, support and inspiration to realize their full academic potential with digital media. Teaching with Digital Media Online Summer Course offers K-12 educators an opportunity to investigate how to provide that guidance, and to explore the ways in which media can be used to enrich teaching and learning, building on the Common Core Standards which focuses on research and writing skills with both print and non-print texts. This course is designed to help teachers stimulate and motivate students by integrating digital media into their classrooms, using whatever tools are available.

Week 1 - Learning with Digital Media
foundational literacies, visual communication, and memes

Week 2 – The Science of Sound
Sound design principles and audio podcasts

Week 3 - What is Web 2.0?
Social media, wikis, blogs, curating content, and the flipped classroom

Week 4 - The Languages of New Media
Digital storytelling, video editing, and remix culture

Week 5 - The Action Plan: Putting the pieces together
Build a unit that integrates a media production project

Registration is NOW OPEN at and the course begins on July 10. Please pass it along to your colleagues and teacher friends!!! Attached Is the brochure. Questions, please email Matt Williams at

May 10, 2013

Emerald Christopher at 2013 NWSA Conference

LLC student, Emerald Christopher, will be presenting three papers at the 2013 NWSA Conference.

Her paper, “The Problem that Has No Name: Black Women and Marital Gender Role,” examines how past universalisms in the feminist community impress themselves upon current feminist ideology and how Black women in heterosexual marriages are often held to these universalisms without an examination of the cultural, social and political aspects that shape their lived experiences.

Her paper, “Regressive, Transgressive, or Progressive: The Sexualization and Fetishization of the Intellectual Woman on Television,” examines how television shows such as Scandal, Body of Evidence, and Bones have lead female characters portrayed as lawyers, doctors, and scientists. However, under the guise of progression, these shows continue to participate in the social construction of gender. The paper explores how women in lead roles on television embody the visible and invisible reproduction of heterosexism, racism, and classism.

Her paper, “The Use of Animals in the Maintenance and Control of Black Women's Sexuality,” explores the historic and contemporary portrayals of the Black woman’s body paying specific attention to the ways in which Black women visually and linguistically are compared to animals. The paper examines how the historic images of Black women elucidates current portrayals of Black women as animals, among animals or depicted as animals in popular culture.

May 7, 2013

TESOL Baltimore Academy 2013

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) - Baltimore, Maryland
Friday, 21 June – Saturday, 22 June 2013

The TESOL Baltimore Academy 2013 will feature six 10-hour workshops focused on career- and college-ready standards for K–12 students.

Workshops Include:
B-1: Preparing Adolescent English Learners (ELs) for the Common Core: Practical Strategies for Tackling Complex Texts with Nancy Cloud and Amanda Sox Agudelo
B-2: Implications and Applications of the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics for Effectively Teaching K-12 English Learners with Anita Bright and Erin Sylves
B-3: Practices That Support English Language Learners in Rich CCSS-Aligned Instruction with Lydia Stack
B-4: Advocating for English Learners: K-12 Teachers and Teacher Educators Working Together with Diane Staehr Fenner, Luciana de Oliveira and Heather A. Linville
B-5: Data Driven Discussions: Using English Language Proficiency Data More Effectively with Ayanna Cooper
B-6: Designing and Using Formative Assessments of Reading Comprehension for ELP, Content, & CCSS Standards with Lorraine Valdez Pierce

Registration Fees:
Early Registration
(before 24 May 2013)
Regular Registration
(after 24 May 2013)
TESOL Member $225 $265 Nonmember $325 $390

Attention WATESOL and MDTESOL members:
You can pay the TESOL member price, even if you are not a current TESOL International Association member! Contact to get your special discount code!

How to Register:
Online: Register online with credit card (VISA, Master Card or American Express) through TESOL's secure online registration system.
By mail: Print out the registration form and mail it in with payment (check, purchase order or credit card) to TESOL.
By fax: Print out the registration form and fax it in with payment (purchase order or credit card) to TESOL at 703-836-7864.

For more information on the Baltimore TESOL Academy, please visit, or contact

Dr. Christine Mallinson on NPR's All Things Considered

LLC faculty member, Christine Mallinson, was interviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered" about the innovative use of 'yo' as a gender-neutral pronoun among Baltimore City youth. Audio and text versions can be found at the links below.



April 30, 2013

NFLC Language Consultant Opportunities

The National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) at the University of Maryland is a research institute dedicated to promoting communication within the United States in languages other than English.

We are currently looking for individuals with native or near-native proficiency in the following languages:
· Greek
· Italian
· Levantine Arabic
· Polish
· Urdu
· Vietnamese
· Western Punjabi

Minimum Requirements:
Native or near-native proficiency in the target language
English proficiency
Knowledge of ILR scale of language proficiency
Translation experience
Multiple choice and constructed response test item development experience
Ability to conduct Internet research and submit Word documents and/or audio files

The work is part-time, contractual, and most of the work can be done from your home computer. All candidates must have permission to work in the United States, or reside and work outside of the United States.

If you are interested in working with us, or if you know a qualified candidate who would be interested in working with us, please contact the NFLC via email at Submit your current resume or CV with your language in the subject line. Thank you!

John Fritz's MOOC on Learning Analytics

LLC student John Fritz's ECAR Research Bulletin was published today:Using Analytics at UMBC: Encouraging Student Responsibility and Identifying Effective Course Designs

Click here to view.