As the new TYCA Archivist, I am following in Clint’s footsteps by maintaining the physical archive of TYCA minutes at the Student Writing & Reading Center at Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
More exciting than filing minutes, however, is the news I get to share about TYCA’s first national convention!
At CCCC 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri, Jeff Andelora, past TYCA Chair, announced the first ever National TYCA Conference. Set for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this conference will be held in conjunction with events for both the Council on Basic Writing and CCCC 2019.
The theme of the 2019 TYCA Conference is Starting the Conversation: Teaching, Scholarship, and Activism at Two-Year Colleges:
The first National TYCA conference is an opportunity to talk “across country” with two-year college faculty who are facing challenges related to course load, state funding, dual credit, maintaining rigor with underserved student populations, and more. In a system that often fails our students, we’re working together to eliminate barriers and empower students within our communities.
The planning committee and readers received an impressive 147 submissions for this event and are working to put the finishing touches on the conference program. At present, the conference will begin at 8:00 a.m. with an opening session, followed by 50 breakout sessions — including 5 Council on Basic Writing sessions — and all-day poster sessions.
There will be a ticketed luncheon from 12:15-1:45 p.m. (tickets are $40 and can be added to the price of your conference registration), featuring Kiese Laymon as the keynote speaker.
After Mr. Laymon’s keynote address, the TYCA Conference will continue with additional breakout sessions from 2:00-5:30 p.m. We’ll cap off the day’s events with a variety of fun evening activities. Specific details are still pending, but we’re assured that they’ll be awesome!
For more details about the conference, including links to registration and a preliminary outline of activities, please visit the TYCA page on NCTE’s website.
We hope to see you in Pittsburgh!
outline of events, please visit the TYCA page on NCTE’s website.