Summer Seminar 2014 Application Information
This summer seminar is designed to support members of our field who would like to engage in different kinds of research but have not had the opportunity to develop their expertise in understanding, choosing, and using particular research methods, effecting quantitative and qualitative analysis, carrying out critical analysis with (and of) statistics and statistical software, and preparing for publication of research.
The program will be built from a match between applicants and the seminar leaders. Thus, this form asks potential participants to supply details of their project, any initial data they have, and any research background they have. Participants will be selected according to the fit between the described project and the seminar leaders’ areas of expertise as well as the applicant’s readiness. Each participant will develop an individualized plan for progress on that project, to be carried through the extended workshop and beyond.
We welcome new and seasoned composition teachers and WPAs from all types of institutions and writing positions, including two-year and four-year colleges and universities, writing centers, writing across the curriculum programs, or centers for teaching excellence. Participants may be researchers looking to expand their repertoire of methods, or new researchers. We encourage research groups to apply.
Participants may submit a single application for more than one person if they are working in a group, but should send an application for each person if they are planning to attend as a pair or group. The application can repeat material.
Things to Keep In Mind
As you complete the application, keep in mind these comments from last year’s cohort as a way to think about how this application can already begin to support your research process:
“Be specific about your goals (for both the seminar and your research project); be prepared to be frustrated at times—in the same way our students are frustrated by new tasks.”
“I really didn't know what I was going to be immersing myself in when I first arrived. The training, though, far exceeded what I would have ever imagined.”
“Be prepared for an intense two weeks, bring everything you can about your projects because you may well want data you left at home when you get there; try give some serious thought to your project before you come so that you are ready to ask good questions that get to the heart of what you are trying to do.”
"Build strong bonds with your peers early on; maintain them with careful attention; and collaborate, collaborate, collaborate! You may not get another chance like this one for a long time, so take full advantage of the opportunity to work with such like-minded and like-situated people. Take as many individual consultations with the seminar leaders as possible."