Call for Proposals and Participation

Call for Proposals and Participation

Recognizing Our Reach:
Articulating the Value of Our Practice

55th Allerton English Articulation Conference


April 17-18, 2019

Extended Proposal Deadline: February 16, 2019

In cooperation with Northern Illinois University Continuing and Professional Education and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 55th Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18, 2019.

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, now in its eleventh year of NIU sponsorship, brings together faculty from two- and four-year colleges, universities, and high schools for discussions, presentations, networking, and co-mentoring, and takes place at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping with tradition, our two-day format will include plenty of opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.

This year’s theme, Recognizing Our Reach: Articulating the Value of Our Practice, invites us to consider the roles we play in our institutions, in our students’ lives, and in public discourse. How are these roles and our practice valued in a time of shrinking budgets and waning political support? How are these roles vital, and how do we articulate and advocate for the contributions we make? Since our theme is suggestive, meant to invigorate rather than limit our discussions, proposals need not adhere strictly to our thematic invitation. As always, suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, rhetoric, dual-credit courses, diversity, English education, first-year experience, English language learning, film, literature, developmental writing, reading, assessment, and writing across the curriculum.

Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, we are inviting proposals for interactive individual and group presentations. We also welcome proposals for roundtable topics. In your proposal, be sure to explain how you plan to equally balance presentation with participation. Please note that individual presenters are frequently paired within a single 60-minute session.

We hope you'll join us for convivial, productive conversation as we celebrate our connections at Allerton House. We offer reduced registration rates for students and contingent faculty. Many of our first-time conference attendees have joined us because of a recommendation from a colleague; if you know of colleagues who might help us shape these discussions, we would be grateful if you would pass this invitation on to them.

Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your individual, group, or roundtable proposal to by January 16, 2019. Those accepted will be notified by March 1, 2019. (Abstracts for accepted presentations will be printed in the conference program.)

Find us on Facebook (Allerton English Articulation Conference) for conference planning updates and conversations with participants past and present.

We look forward to connecting with you at Allerton House in April!