It would “meme” a lot to us if you came to TYCA 2020!

Greetings, TYCA friends!  As the 2020 conference in Milwaukee, WI comes ever closer, we’re kicking our social media game into high gear as we work to promote this awesome event.  We present to you, the #TYCA2020 meme collection!

If you haven’t seen them making the rounds on Twitter, Instagram, and the like yet, never fear — we’ll be sharing the memes here as well and will update the archive every couple of days with new images.  Be sure to check back frequently.

Enjoy the smiles, share the memes, and then come join us in Milwaukee to experience TYCA 2020 in person!

TYCA 2020 — Transforming Our Profession for a Sustainable Future

Anticipation is building for the 2nd national TYCA Conference in Milwaukee, WI!  The big event is just over 5 weeks away, and we’re looking forward to another opportunity to meet with our TYC colleagues from across the nation to share ideas and learn from each other.

This year’s conference theme is “Transforming Our Profession for a Sustainable Future” and the opening session will include a special video message from Mike Rose.  TYCA Chair Cheryl Hogue-Smith will introduce Mr. Rose immediately following her welcome message.

We are lucky to have the author Matt Mendez as the keynote speaker at this year’s TYCA luncheon*.  Matt’s works include the short story collection Twitching and the YA novel Barely Missing Everything and his writing has appeared in Huizache, The Acentos Review, BorderSenses, Pank, and The Literary Review, just to name a few places.  Barely Missing Everything was named a 2019 Best YA Book by Kirkus, Seventeen Magazine, NBC Latino, and Texas Monthly (Matt Mendez).

At present, we’re in the process of finalizing the presentation schedule for TYCA 2020 and will have more information available as the conference date comes closer. Please check back here at the archive for details.

You definitely don’t want to miss out on TYCA 2020, so remember to register soon.  Registration fees for the TYCA Conference only will be $150, OR $260 with CCCC 2020 registration included.  For more information on registering for these events, including advance registration dates/fees, please visit

*The TYCA luncheon is a ticketed event and you will not be able to attend without a ticket. You can purchase tickets for the luncheon when you register for the conference.  If you’ve already registered for the conference but did not purchase a ticket for the luncheon, there is a unique URL in your registration receipt email that will take you back into the system and allow you to add events. If that doesn’t work, then they will need to contact the Customer Service Department for NCTE. You cannot purchase the ticket only.

NCTE 2019

NCTE 2019 brought to the forefront a focus on Spirited Inquiry, something that is at the heart of our work in TYCA.  As instructors and administrators, we “lend our voices and our actions to social justice” as we “help to inform, educate, and inspire” our students.  While Mr. George Takei, the opening keynote speaker for NCTE 2019, had a more general focus in mind, I do think his ideas here are especially applicable to the work of TYCs.  In our individual TYCA regions and as a national body, we are involved in the everyday business of educating, lifting, and strengthening our students, ourselves, and each other. As Mr. Takei so rightfully noted, “We are always interdependent upon each other,” and, I’d add, we’re stronger when we’re together.

George Takei, NCTE 2019

George Takei, NCTE 2019

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. reiterated these ideas in his general session keynote address, reminding us of the words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — “We are made by history.” — and James Baldwin — “The great force of history is that we carry it with us.” — when he noted that history is literally present in all we do and part of our work as educators is to “keep the work of reconstructing America.”

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., NCTE 2019

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., NCTE 2019

Dr. Gates and Ms. Tonya Bolden then spoke about their book Dark Sky Rising which is “story about America during and after Reconstruction, one of history’s most pivotal and misunderstood chapters” and the relevance of it’s message in our world — and classrooms — today. Ms. Bolden noted that as educators, we must help students “understand they are part of history . . . they are making history.”  She sees hope as a takeaway from the book, especially if it’s accompanied by the ability to acknowledge the power and contributions of people who don’t look like you. Dr. Gates ended his remarks by reminding us that we can “reshape the past and affect the future” by educating ourselves and our students.

Outside of the inspirational keynote addresses and engaging panels and presentations, NCTE 2019 was a great opportunity for TYCA members to gather together and share ideas.  There was a lot of discussion and planning for our second TYCA National Conference in Milwaukee on 25 March 2020, and we are even more excited now than before.  Stay tuned to this site for additional updates.

See you next spring!

Looking Back and Moving Forward

As we come ever-closer to TYCA 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin we wanted to share a few glimpses back to last spring and TYCA 2019, our first official national conference.

This first national conference was both the realization of a long-held dream for TYCA members and the foreshadowing of great things to come.  From the opening session and its engaged and engaging table discussions where TYCA members addressed issues of access, administrative/legislative mandates, and teacher/scholar activism, to the luncheon keynote address by Kiese Laymon, and on to the panels, posters, and presenters, TYCA 2019 was a space of thoughtful inquiry, collaboration, and engaged learning.

As outlined on the CFP for TYCA 2020, attendees  at TYCA 2019 “identified key priorities for TYCA and its members at the national level. Discussion topics included faculty workload, equitable practices for contingent faculty, developmental education reforms, placement reforms, increasing dual credit high school enrollments, limited resources for supporting academically at-risk students, and factors in students’ lives that create barriers to learning and retention.” At TYCA 2020, we invite you to join us as we   continue these conversations and “explore strategies for transforming national organizations, our campuses, and our own professional lives for a sustainable future.”

We look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee!


Kiese Laymon, at TYCA 2019

“For the first time in my life, I realized telling the truth was way different from finding the truth, and finding the truth had everything to do with revisiting and rearranging words. Revisiting and rearranging words didn’t only require vocabulary; it required will, and maybe courage. Revised word patterns were revised thought patterns. Revised thought patterns shaped memory. I knew, looking at all those words, that memories were there, I just had to rearrange, add, subtract, sit, and sift until I found a way to free the memory.”
Kiese Laymon, Heavy: An American Memoir


TYCA 2020

From the Program Chair for TYCA 2020, Joanne Baird Giordano:

The second Two-Year College English Association National Conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in connection with CCCC 2020. Proposals are due by September 15. The conference theme is “Transforming Our Profession for a Sustainable Future” and TYCA welcomes proposals on this theme or any area of English studies that is relevant to working with diverse students in their first two college years.

The CFP and online submission form are available from NCTE through the following link:

You may submit a proposal for an updated version of a presentation for a past or future TYCA regional conference, however presentations for the national conference must be different from anything that is on the program for CCCC 2020.

If you have an accepted proposal for CCCC, you may present at both conferences by submitting a proposal to TYCA for a different presentation. If you had a proposal that was not accepted, you may revise and resubmit your CCCC proposal for TYCA.

Please keep in mind that TYCA sessions are evidence-based but focus on issues with practical take aways for attendees.

If you have questions, please contact Joanne Baird Giordano at


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.

Moving on…

My last official act as TYCA Archivist–aside from shipping the TYCA physical archive to

shelves containing various folders

The TYCA physical archive currently housed at the Salt Lake Community College Student Writing Center

NCTE headquarters–is this post. I’ve enjoyed my six years as archivist and learning a great deal about TYCA’s organizational history by compiling online the complete physical archive passed on to me by the previous TYCA Archivist, Lois Powers.

While it looks like the official position of “TYCA Archivist” will go away (see the NCTE 2017 agenda action item 9.b), the proposal is that the TYCA Secretary will take on the duties of maintaining the online archive.  It makes sense for the Secretary to take on that job, since that person has ready access to all the current Executive Committee materials.

I hope that future researchers will find this archive useful. Thanks to TYCA for allowing me to compile it.

Clint Gardner
Salt Lake Community College

UPDATE!  Stephanie Maenhardt, former TYCA West Representative and Chair will be taking over as archivist!