The combined faculties of Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Trident Technical College, and Chattanooga State Community College are delighted to host the 52nd annual TYCA-SE conference, February 22-25, 2017, in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. HGTC and TTC will share the local arrangements duties, and ChSCC will again cover the conference programming. We’re very excited to bring TYCA-SE back to South Carolina!
Bret Lott teaches creative writing at the College of Charleston. Former editor of LSU’s Southern Review, Lott is a resident of Charleston and the author of multiple novels and short story collections, including Jewel, which was selected for Oprah’s Book Club in 1991 and was adapted to film in 2001.
Josephine Humphreys, a Charleston native, is a successful novelist and former English teacher. Humphreys has been the recipient of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. Her novel Nowhere Else on Earth won the 2001 Southern Book Award, and her best-known novel, Rich in Love, was adapted to film in 1993.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Place-Historic District. The room rates are $169 for a single or double, $179 for a triple, and $189 for a quad. These rates include free breakfast. Direct booking is available here. or by calling Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District Hotel (1-800-993-4751) and requesting travel for business with the TYCA Southeast Regional Conference Room Block.
The TYCA discounted rate can be booked until February 2nd, 2017.
“Confluent Teaching: Merging Tradition and Innovation in the 21st-Century Classroom ” Call for Proposals
The city of Charleston (originally Charles Town after King Charles II of England) sits at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. Today, the city is known for its historical importance, playing an important role in the Revolutionary War, for example, but it is also a thriving contemporary city. We take these geographical and historical circumstances as inspiration for the theme of our 52nd annual TYCA-SE meeting, where we will focus on the theme, “Confluent Teaching: Merging Tradition and Innovation in the 21st-Century Classroom.” Just as the Ashley and Cooper Rivers merge into the Atlantic Ocean, becoming altogether stronger upon joining forces, so do our teaching practices become the strongest when we merge tradition and innovation, much like the city of Charleston does today.
The 2017 TYCA-SE conference will accept proposals that address the teaching of English in the two-year college or that center on teaching the first two years of English at a four-year institution. More specifically, we seek proposals that consider the ideas implied in the conference theme. In what ways is your teaching confluent? Do you collaborate with colleagues to develop stronger curriculum? Do you co-teach? In what ways do you merge tradition and innovation in your classroom? What best practices do you reuse each year as “tried and true” vs. those items that need to be updated every semester? In what ways can you facilitate the comingling of student efforts to create a stronger confluent classroom?
As we meet together in Charleston, we encourage presentations with a foundation in pedagogical theory, but which focus on practical techniques for some of the following situations:
• collaborative teaching efforts
• innovative technology uses
• “tried and true” teaching techniques
• finding and introducing new texts
• interdisciplinary teaching
We hope that this conference inspires you to consider the ways in which collaboration and innovation can strengthen your classroom performance, reenergize your outlook on our profession, and enrich your work life. Please make plans now to submit your proposal for a session at TYCA-SE 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon Tour, Thursday, 10-11 am
The Old Exchange is a “must-see”’ for all Charleston visitors. During your visit, you will discover this building’s integral role in our country’s quest for independence and its important service to our young nation. In addition to its historical significance, this building is rumored to be haunted! $10 entry fee will be paid at the Dungeon; a Local Host will accompany the group to the site.
Writing Marathon I, Thursday, 9 am-12 pm
One way to truly experience a city is to write about it. Come join us for a writing marathon, a three-hour journey around Charleston driven by the power of the pen. We will start in Marion Square, a location central to sites worthy of words, such as Mother Emmanuel, the Joseph Manigault House, the Philip Simmons Garden, and so much more. We will walk, we will write, we will share. Bring your walking shoes, a journal, and your pen – and be ready to see what Charleston says through you.
Fort Sumter Tour, Saturday, 2-4:45 pm
Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter National Monument. The first shots were fired here, igniting a conflict that saw more than 700,000 casualties. Experience a feeling of patriotic pride while a National Park Ranger brings each feature to life, evoking images of mortar shells and cannonfire. Your one-hour visit to Fort Sumter allows ample time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and browse Museum Shop souvenirs. $20 entry fee to be included with conference registration.
Writing Marathon II, Saturday, 1-4 pm
One way to truly experience a city is to write about it. Come join us for writing a marathon, a three-hour journey around Charleston driven by the power of the pen. We will start in Marion Square, a location central to sites worthy of words, such as Mother Emmanuel, the Joseph Manigault House, the Philip Simmons Garden, and so much more. We will walk, we will write, we will share. Bring your walking shoes, a journal, and your pen – and be ready to see what Charleston says through you. (This event is a repeat of the pre-conference offering.)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:00am-4:00pm REC Meeting
8:30pm-Midnight Chair’s Reception
Thursday, February 23, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm Pre-Conference Opportunities
(Meet in Pedestrian Corridor)
10:00am-5:00pm Publishers’ Exhibits
1:00-2:45pm Opening Plenary Session
5:00-7:00pm Hospitality Suite open
3:00-5:00pm Voting for REC Candidates
3:00-3:45pm Concurrent Session I
4:00-4:45pm Concurrent Session II
5:15-6:30pm Cowan/Doster Awards Session & Reception
8:00-10:00pm Creative Writing Readings and Dessert
9:00pm-Midnight Hospitality Suite open
Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00am-5:00pm Publishers’ Exhibits
8:00-11:00am Voting for REC Candidates
8:00-8:45am Concurrent Session III
9:00-9:45am Concurrent Session IV
10:00-10:45am Concurrent Session V
11:00-11:45am State Meetings
2:15-3:00pm Concurrent Session VI
3:15-4:00pm Concurrent Session VII
4:00pm-Midnight Hospitality Suite Open
4:15-5:00pm REC Meeting
7:00-10:00pm TYCA-SE Party at Canon Green
Saturday, February 25, 2017
8:00-10:30am Publishers’ Exhibits
8:00-8:45am Concurrent Session VIII
9:00-9:45am Concurrent Session IX
10:00-10:45am Concurrent Session X
11:00am-12:15pm Closing Session