Visiting Speaker Series: Dylan B. Dryer

Dylan B. Dryer is Associate Professor of Composition Studies at the University of Maine. His work is increasingly focused on valid, reliable, and just research methods in Writing Studies. Graduate and postgraduate research-methods pedagogy and the responsible integration of qualitative and quantitative methods remain particular interests.Dylan_Dryer

Toward a Translingual Composition Pedagogy

Workshop – Wednesday, October 4th at 12:30 pm

After briefly outlining some of the tenets for what is coming to be known as a “translingual” disposition toward language teaching, this workshop will engage participants in some cross-language work, delve into the question of intra-language translation, and then — consistent with the importance of attending to “documentary society” (Smith and Schryer 2008) — will take up questions of assignment design and responding to students’ writing.

The Present Future of Rhetorical Genre Studies:  International Contexts and Emerging Research

Talk – Thursday, October 5th at 7:00 pm

This talk will reflect on the explanatory power of the rhetorical construct of genre first articulated by Miller (1984), considering current findings and ongoing difficulties in operationalizing this subtle concept. I’ll situate this construct internationally in the four other main schools of thought on genre, and then describe some challenges to RGS emerging from longitudinal research and recent work in the cognitive sciences.  I’ll conclude by proposing a teaching and research agenda that reframes genre as cognition and lived experiences as resources for social equity.