A Place in the Sun
The 67th Annual Conference of The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA)
Hosted by the University of South Alabama
March 13-14, 2015
Schedule of Conference Events
Friday, March 13
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Registration
3:40 – 4:50 p.m. Welcome, Opening Session
English Instructor Emerita, Jacksonville State University
Dr. Steve Trout
English Department Chair, University of South Alabama
Reading of Award-Winning Papers
Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate Writing Award
James Woodall Award for Outstanding Pedagogical Essay
William J. Calvert Award for Outstanding Scholarly or Theoretical Essay
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Writer in Residence at University of South Alabama
“The Books That Mattered”
Dinner at the Wintzell’s Oyster House
Attendees will travel independently to the restaurant.
The Poetry of Music – Entertainment by Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt
Saturday, March 14:
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:40 – 9:50 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
The New World Dream: Quests for Successful Identities
Moderator: Cynthia Rush, University of South Alabama
- Sundown on the American Dream: Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and the Great Rift in the Modern American Consciousness
Peter B. Green, Alabama A & M University
- Hemingway in Key West: The Birth of the Myth
Alan Brown, University of West Alabama
- The Atlantic as Baptismal Font: The Interesting Conversions of Olaudah Equiano
Samantha S. Caddis, University of Alabama
Panel Roundtable: Defining Success: An English Composition Class Writes “Their Place in the Sun”
Moderator: Stacey G. Parham, Judson College
Panelists, Stacey G. Parham, Victoria Douglas, and Sarah Green, all of Judson College will discuss how students create definitions of success in a freshman composition classroom. Ms. Douglas and Ms. Green will present the students’ perspectives on determining, defining, and achieving success while Dr. Parham will discuss the work of the composition classroom in facilitating that student work.
Panel: Simulating the Good Life: Theoretical Approaches to American Psycho
Moderator: Lee Rozelle, University of Montevallo
- Successful Demeanors and Suspicious Minds in American Psycho
Austin Franklin, University of Montevallo
- The False Solitude of Patrick Bateman
Alex Dickey, University of Montevallo
- The Simulacrative Nature of Patrick Bateman
Abby Patton, University of Montevallo
- Dreamscaping the Reality of Bateman
Sylvan Baker, University of Montevallo
- Word Salad: Form, Experimentation, and Listing in Ellis’ American Psycho
Nathan Pullen, University of Montevallo
8:40-9:50 Concurrent Sessions Continued
Panel Roundtable: A Place in the Sun for English Majors: Jobs and Literary Studies
Moderator: Ben Robertson, Troy University
Dr. Ben Robertson of Troy University and two Troy University undergraduate English majors, Naomi M. Perez and Megan L. Phillips, will explore the common (mis)perceptions regarding the undergraduate degree in English and the ways departments can expand the English curricula so that students and others see a degree in English as one that leads to success both within and beyond the bounds of the academic world.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Current-Garcia Address
The Performance Center
Dr. Wayne Flynt, Professor Emeritus of History, Auburn University and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the Online Encyclopedia of Alabama
“Literary Conspiracy Theories: The History of a Classic Novel(s), its Conflicted Author, Her Gossipy Town, and Unhappy Biographers”
11:10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Panel Roundtable: When Your “Place in the Sun” Is in CyberSpace: Using Web 2.0 Assignments to Engage English Students
Moderator: Rebecca Duncan, Lawson State Community College
Rebecca Duncan and Ann Swanberg of Lawson State Community College will discuss the types of Web 2.0 assignments best suited for English courses as well as how to create and assess such assignments.
Shining a Light on Success: Pedagogy and Perception
Moderator: Marisa Mills, University of South Alabama
- Critical Thinking in the Composition Classroom
Johnnie Hargrove and Judith Hayes, Alabama A & M University
- “It is more than just a grade”: Redefining Success for Student Writers
Victoria Smith Knierim, Samford University
- Southern Music as Southern Identity: Theming Intro Comp Sections to Analyze Place
- Jane Childs, University of Alabama
Eric Hughes, University of North Alabama
- Partly Cloudy: Tutoring Blog Writing in the Writing Center
Bri Palmer, University of North Alabama
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Featured Reading
Boxed luncheon provided by Mary Ann’s Deli.
Reading by Sue Walker from her current project, tentatively titled Sobriquets
1:40 p.m. Business Meeting and Concluding Remarks
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Frye Gaillard, a Mobile native, currently serves as the University of South Alabama Writer in Residence. His work ranges from journalism to song writing and examines race, politics, and culture in the South.
Gaillard’s early work included time as the Southern Editor at The Charlotte Observer where he was witness to the fall of segregation and of televangelist Jim Bakker among other landmark events. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, the Washington Post, Parade, and the Journal of American History.
He’s the author of nineteen books including award winners like If I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for Humanity; The Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Watermelon Wine: Remembering the Golden Years of Country Music. He won the 2005 Lillian Smith Award for his work Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed America and the 2007 Alabama Library Association non-fiction Book of the Year recognition.
Recently, Gaillard has been named a member of the faculty for the Center for the Study of War and Memory at the University of South Alabama. His book, Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and a Southern Family’s Civil War Letters was released in January. Additionally, he has worked with musician Kathryn Scheldt on her album, The Quilt and Other Song Stories.
Dr. Wayne Flynt is Professor Emeritus of History at Auburn University and the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus for the Encyclopedia of Alabama, an online resource for students of Alabama art, history, and literature. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Samford University, he received both a master’s and doctorate from Florida State University. At Auburn University he served as chair of the history department and was designated Distinguished University Professor of History during his time there from 1977 until 2005.
A leading authority on Baptist and Alabama history, Flynt is the author of several books. In 2004 he won the Anne B. and James B. McMillan Prize awarded by the University of Alabama Press for his book, Alabama in the Twentieth Century. He’s also been awarded the Alabama Library Association Award for Non-Fiction, the James F. Sulzby, Jr. Book Award given by the Alabama Historical Association, the Outstanding Academic Book from the American Library Association, the Lillian Smith Award for Non-Fiction, and the Rembert W. Patrick Award, given by the Florida Historical Society, and many others. Two of his books, Poor But Proud: Alabama’s Poor Whites and Alabama: A History of a Deep South State – which he co-authored – were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The University of Alabama’s Journalism Department awarded him the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing in 2002.
His most recent book, Keeping the Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, chronicles his work as a scholar and a teacher and the insights that work has given him into the inner workings of all sorts of Alabama institutions.
Flynt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard College (now Samford University) in 1961. His Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy were earned in 1962 and 1965, respectively, from Florida State University.
Sue Brannan Walker
Dr. Sue Brannan Walker is the Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama and Director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing. She was the 2003-2013 Poet Laureate of Alabama.
Walker is a scholar, poet, playwright, professor, and publisher of Negative Capability Press. She has nine books of poetry, has edited four national literary anthologies, has had work published in more than thirty anthologies, and has published some fifty critical articles. She is known for her work on Southern writers Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, and James Dickey, as well as her published works on Marge Piercy, Margaret Atwood, Richard Ebhart, and Karl Shapiro.
Walker has been the recipient of an NEH Fellowship to study William Faulkner at the University of South Carolina. Blood Must Bear Your Name, published by Amherst Writers and Artists Press, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Faulkner Suite, a collection of poems about William Faulkner, was published by Oeonoco Press in 2008. Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry was a Southern Booksellers Best Poetry Book finalist in 2008. She Said is a collection of poetry that was released by River’s Edge Publishing Company in 2010. Her latest book, The Ecological Poetics of James Dickey: A Study in How Landscape Shapes the Being of Man, was published by Mellen Press in 2013.
Walker received a B.S. degree in education from the University of Alabama and subsequent M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D degrees from Tulane University.
March 9, 2015
Gloria Horton, President
Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
Anissa Graham, Executive Secretary
Association of College English Teachers of Alabama
Dear Association of College English Teachers of Alabama:
I send you greetings from the National Council of Teachers of English to you and to all those joining you at your conference on March 13-14, 2015. NCTE applauds the efforts of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama in making this conference possible as well as each participant’s contribution to the event and to the profession.
Ongoing learning opportunities for teachers are vital for improving the teaching and learning of the English language arts at all grade levels. Research shows that all students can achieve at high levels when they are taught by teachers who are continuing learners, especially when teachers learn and share in teams with their colleagues across the disciplines. This conference provides a way for teachers to continue their own learning so they can share new ideas with their colleagues and work together with them to better support the learning of their students.
As the only nationwide professional organization of English and language arts teachers, NCTE works to make the teaching of English language arts more rewarding and more effective for all by providing professional learning and sharing opportunities through the National Center for Literacy Education and its Literacy in Learning Exchange; through its professional learning programs; through its books, journals, and position statements; and through its conventions and meetings. In addition, NCTE works with policymakers at all levels to insure they are aware of good teaching and learning practices and consider these in the policies they make. I invite your membership in our professional organization.
Senior Developer, Affiliate Groups and Public Outreach
Thanks to Sponsors
ACETA would like to thank the University of South Alabama, Baldwin County Campus for sponsoring and hosting the conference.
Thanks to Macmillan and Norton for sponsoring Saturday morning’s breakfast.
Dr. Becky McLaughlin, Dr. Pat Cesarini, and the University of South Alabama English Department
USA – Baldwin County Bookstore
ACETA Steering Committee
- President – Gloria Horton, English Instructor Emerita, Jacksonville State University
- Vice-President – Bryan Johnson, Director & Professor, University Fellows, Samford University
- Executive Secretary – Anissa Graham, English Instructor, University of North Alabama
- NCTE Liaison – Rebecca Duncan, English Instructor, Lawson State Community College
- Past President – Steve Hubbard, English & Literature Professor, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
- Members at Large – Christy Hutcheson, English Instructor, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College; Loretta Burns, Professor & Chair, Department of English, Tuskegee University; Melinda Byrd-Murphy, Director of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts, Alabama Southern Community College; Cathlena Martin, Assistant Professor of Game Studies and Design, University of Montevallo
Dr. Becky McLaughlin and Dr. Pat Cesarini, University of South Alabama, Conference Co-Chairs