Job Openings at the UCWbL, Two Upcoming Conferences, & More

The University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) is now hiring undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2013/2014 academic year. Please visit to learn all about this unique opportunity for student employment and get the complete application instructions.

In addition, the UCWbL will be hosting two open house events where prospective employees can find out more about working at the UCWbL and meet members of our staff and administration:

  • Loop Campus: Monday, April 15th | 4-5:30pm | 1600 Lewis
  • Lincoln Park Campus: Tuesday, April 16th | 4-5:30pm | 250 McGaw

Applications are due on April 29th, 2013 by noon.


DePaul’s Office of Adult, Commuter, and Veteran Students Affairs is pleased to announce their upcoming Conference for Students with ASA Conference for Students 0189_8 5 x 11Children. This half-day mini-conference on May 4th will allow students that have children to network with other like students and gain valuable information and resources through keynotes, sessions, and much more.

At the conference families will participate in a number of activities and workshops. Topics will include early childhood education, managing stress, spirituality, long term planning, and pursuing your passion while you parent. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring
their family members. Child friendly activities to be announced, and free child-care will also be available.

The keynote speaker will be Art Munin, author of Color by Number: Understanding Racism though Facts and Stats.

This event is free and open to all students who have a child and their immediate family guests, but registration is required by April 29th.

More information and registration can be found at:


DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies & Master of Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies programs would like to announce a call for papers and presentations for their 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago, Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City. The conference will take place from October 10-12th, 2012, in Chicago, and proposals are due on June 1st, 2013.

UrbanGatewaysCall for Papers

Cities have always been gateways to new dreams. For past and present global migrants, ethnic enclaves beckon with foods, houses of worship, and shops that provide the atmosphere of home, and buffer the transition to hybrid identity. But how does the immigration experience differ today from that of the past? What factors drive immigration today, and what new forms of urban culture do they create? How do economic, political and social issues impact the urban immigrant experience?

The 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago invites papers that explore immigrant life in cities large and small through history, the social sciences, literature and the arts. Papers may be based in particular disciplines, but special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are

Presentations should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Visual and other media are welcome where appropriate, but prospective presenters are reminded to rely on PowerPoint only when it offers an appropriate enhancement to the material.

Please complete the Presentation Proposal Form found at including a 1-2 page Abstract. Please supply all the required information, save the form to your file and attach it to an email to David Gitomer (, MALS & IDS Director at DePaul University, by June 1st, 2013. Additional information about the conference can be found at


fuguecontestFugue Literary Journal is currently accepting submissions for their annual writing contest. Our judges are Claudia Emerson (poetry) and Duff Brenna (prose). First place in each genre will receive $1,000, and all entries are considered for publication.  The deadline for submissions is May 1st, 2013, and more information can be found on their website at


The Writers Guild’s Live Student Reading

The Writers Guild, part of the University Center for Writing-based Learning’s Writing Groups program, is hosting a student reading next week at the DePaul Student Center.


The event, titled “Aloud!,” will take place on Monday, February 11th, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Student Center atrium, and will feature poetry, fiction, and essays by undergraduate and graduate students in the DePaul English department who have been participating in the Writers Guild. Readers include Emma Cushman Wood, Maria Genovese, Elizabeth Kerper, David Mathews, Jillian Merrifield, Raul Palma, Richard Rodriguez, and Justin Staley.

All are invited to come and support them and hear their exciting new work at this free reading.

Author Lois Leveen on Campus, & Two Calls for Papers

Telling Secrets_DePaulThis Monday, writer Lois Leveen will be speaking at an event sponsored by The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse and the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies. Leveen is the author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, a recent novel about a historical figure, Mary Bowser, a freed slave who later became a Union spy.

Leveen’s talk, entitled “Telling Secrets: Mary Bowser, Race, Gender, and American History,” will take place this Monday, January 28th, at 4 p.m. in the Rosati Room (room 300) of the Richardson Library. This event is free and open to the public. Click to enlarge the flyer for more information.



The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is pleased to extend an invitation for proposals to their annual student conference, “Spread the WoRD.” This year’s conference welcomes graduate and undergraduate students from all academic departments looking for a forum to share their original research and projects. As a department invested in language practices, past topics have been shaped by students’ wide-varying professional and academic goals and have included presentations, panels, projects, or demonstrations on the following topics:

  • Global English Usage
  • Rhetorical Analyses of Political and Professional Acts
  • Technical Communication
  • Multimodality
  • The Analog Book and Craft
  • Digital Storytelling in Organizations
  • Rhetoric
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Web Design or Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Essay Writing
  • Social/Political Movements
  • Writing Center Pedagogy
  • Gender and Identity
  • Social Media

Contributors should plan for their presentations to be about 15-20 minutes long. Spread the WoRD is dedicated to providing students with a critical and productive forum for academic growth and professional development. As a student-run conference, Spread the WoRD presents students with a low-stakes opportunity to gain experience presenting in a conference, while receiving feedback from peers and faculty. It’s also a great way to mingle and collaborate with fellow students working on innovative and exceptional projects.

Proposals should include: name, contact information, degree program, and year of the presenter(s), and a 300-word-max abstract of the presentation with title. Please note what format your presentation will take and what technological accommodations you’ll need.

If you are interested in receiving feedback on a presentation idea or have questions, please email WRD’s Graduate Assistant Amy Hubbard at

Please send proposals and inquiries to: or visit

All proposals are due April 15th, 2013.


The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research, a branch of the DePaul Writing Center, is accepting proposals through April 15th, 2013, for their annual e-magazine, Global Voices.  Click on the flyer below to see the complete Call for Papers outlining the kind of material accepted.

Global Voices CFP

Submissions from all students, staff, and faculty are welcome. As a showcase for multilingual writers, Global Voices accepts a broad range of genres. Please direct any questions to You can view the previous issue of Global Voices at:

Donate Your Old Computer and Attend a Student Poetry Reading

Do you have an old computer lying around and don’t know what to do with it?  Then you should consider donating it to a local nonprofit. DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning is collecting old and less-than-perfect computers on behalf of Mujeres Latinas en Accion (Latina Women in Action), a nonprofit that can put any donated computers to use in their Project Youth and Peace Program initiatives.

Donating your computer through the UCWbL is easy: just fill out this form and someone will contact you shortly. Also, feel free to share this form to others who may be interested. Please note, however, that the process will be significantly easier for people in or near Chicago who can bring their computers to one of DePaul’s two campuses.


Tonight, April 24th, DePaul Libraries and the English Department will host an undergraduate poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. The event will take place at 6pm in the Richardson Library Resource Room/event space (Rm. 115, where the old art museum was). Undergrads Quintin Collins, Cassandra Gillig, Brianna Low, Jamie Perry, and Samy Sabh will read from their original poems.

Reminders, Two-Year College Teaching Internships, and Job Openings at the Writing Center

Welcome back, students and faculty, from what was hopefully a very relaxing spring break! In case you did a little too much relaxing and forgot what was posted on Ex Libris before the break, here are a few reminders of upcoming dates and deadlines.


Applications for a Fall 2012 Internship in Teaching English in the Two-Year College are due to Prof. Carolyn Goffman by Friday, April 20th at 5 p.m.

To Apply:

Please provide PAPER COPIES of the following:

  • One-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship. Include information about your availability (scheduling restrictions, other jobs or responsibilities) and transportation (that is, do you have a car, or will you be relying on public transportation?)
  • C.V. ,including names of references (you do NOT have to provide letters of reference unless requested later)

Please send these ELECTRONICALLY:

  • Writing Sample (in Word format)
  • Transcripts (unless you prefer to send hard copies). If you are NOT in the MAE or MAWP programs, please include undergraduate transcripts. They do not have to be official versions; a photocopy is fine.

If you have any questions about the internship or the Teaching English in the  Two-Year College Certificate, please email Prof. Goffman at


The University Center for Writing-based Learning at DePaul is looking for empathetic and intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students to work as peer writing tutors during the 2012/2013 academic year. Applications are due on April 23rd, 2012 at noon.

Please visit to learn how and why to apply for a job at the DePaul UCWbL. Any questions can be directed to UCWbL Director Dr. Lauri Dietz at

Threshold Extended Deadline and International Writing Centers Week

Did you miss last Friday’s deadline to submit to DePaul’s own Threshold literary magazine? Or did you have just one more piece you would have liked to send along?

You’re in luck! Threshold is extending their deadline for a full two weeks. Yes that’s right, you now have until Friday, February 24th to submit your work. Once again, Threshold’s website is, where students can find submission guidelines and (new!) info about the 2012 Threshold Award for Excellence with judge bios.


This week is International Writing Centers Week, and the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning is celebrating by hosting Quick Question tables in the Loop DePaul Center 11th Floor Lounge and in the atrium of the Lincoln Park Student Center.  Stop by and pick up a free t-shirt and free poetry trading cards hand-crafted by the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research. Who knows? You may well see some of your fellow English Grad students working there!

As always, more information about the University Center for Writing-based Learning, including how to make an appointment with a tutor or join a writing group, is available at

Essay Fiesta, Turcotte Reading, and a PhD Program

Did you know that this Thursday, Oct. 20 is the National Day on Writing? The National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, honors the significance of writing in our lives and draws attention to the remarkable variety of writing that we engage in. NDW emphasizes the lifelong process of learning to write and encourages Americans to write, enjoy, and learn from the writing of others.

In honor of National Day on Writing, the University Center for Writing-based Learning Writers Guild is teaming up with Essay Fiesta to present a reading of creative works, and all are invited to attend what promises to be an exciting evening! The event will take place this Thursday, Oct. 20th, from 4-5:30pm in room 120A of the LPC Student Center.

Essay Fiesta’s mission is to bring together a cross-section of Chicago’s art and writing communities for evenings of first-person, non-fiction essays and charity. In this special event, students from the Writers Guild will be collaborating with Essay Fiesta to share creative pieces that they have been discussing and critiquing throughout the quarter. There will also be opportunities to learn more about and get involved with UCWbL Writing Groups and Writers Guild.

For more information, contact the Writing Groups team at, and check out the event on Facebook!

MAWP professor Mark Turcotte will be speaking and reading at “Poets and Editors,” part of the University of Michigan’s Zell Visiting Writers Series. Turcotte, along with poets Vievee Francis and Mary Leader and their editors, Reginald Gibbons, Parneshia Jones, and Tony Frazer, respectively, will read from recent books and discuss the collaborative process of bringing a book of poetry into print. The day-long event will include a roundtable discussion, a panel, and a reading.

This event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the University of Michigan campus, so if you’d like to make the trek to what is sure to be a great event, you have time to plan. For those of us who can’t make it, we extend our congratulations to Prof. Turcotte for being featured. Click on the poster for details.

The PhD Program in Cultural Studies at Trent University has announced that they are now accepting applications for 2012-13. Details on this unique, intensive four-year program can be found at For questions, please contact