Interactive Workshops

Workshops model hands-on learning and are intensive discussions led by a moderator. They emphasize participation by all session attendees and aim to develop professional skills or examine professional interests, responsibilities, and proficiencies. 

Space is limited, so please pre-register for these interactive workshops. If a workshop does not appear on "Registration and Membership," it has sold out, but you may email to be added to our waiting list.

Interactive Workshops

Exhibitor-sponsored Workshops

Undergraduate Forum (No pre-registration required)

Interactive Workshops

Data-driven Rubrics for the Contemporary Second Language Writing Classroom

Mary Jo Lubrano and Janice Willson, Yale University

Thursday, March 5, 2:15-4:15 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

Assessing second language writing is becoming more complex in today’s multicultural digital classroom. This workshop equips instructors to respond to these changes by demonstrating a method for aligning course goals with contemporary writing samples. The workshop shows how data-driven rubrics can be constructed by analyzing written performance.

Enhance Students’ Cultural Proficiency through Street Art and Text Graffiti

Viktoria Hackbarth and Mira Angrist, Boston University

Saturday, March 7, 4:45-6 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Salon E

Visual literacy is an important component in today’s language and culture studies and can be further incorporated into 21st century world language syllabi. Graffiti and other forms of art in the public space are authentic manifestations of a particular culture and foster learning to observe, interpret and engage in a cultural discourse. Participants in this workshop will be exposed to and actively engage with multi-model graffiti and art in the public space using pedagogical tools such as the IMAGE model as well as other structured pedagogical tools.

Essential Elements of Online Teaching

Richard Schumaker, City University of New York, and Susan Ko, Lehman College-CUNY

Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Simmons

This hands-on professional development workshop provides a guided opportunity for designing and teaching fully or partially online courses. Participants will draft a design plan for a course or course elements that will make use of online delivery and receive feedback from moderators and workshop peers. Attention will be given to the use of Open Educational Resources.

How Partnering with STEM Disciplines Can Elevate the Humanities

Beverly Wood and Debra Bourdeau, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Friday, March 6, 1:15-2:45 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

This workshop will show how to effectively blend STEM with the humanities when developing courses in order to expand students’ capacity for analysis and critical thinking.

Inclusive Curriculum and Instructional Design: Building Marketable Skills

Ann Gagné, University of Toronto-Mississauga

Sunday, March 8, 8:30-10:30 AM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

This workshop will provide hands-on experience of designing inclusive curriculum from the ground up. From writing measurable learning outcomes to creating lesson objectives that are transferable to face-to-face or online/hybrid educational environments, we will engage in activities that will improve skills and emphasize what can make you marketable as an instructional designer, educational developer, curriculum support in academia, or as a corporate training facilitator.

Introduction to Digital Textual Editing: A Hands-on Workshop

Isabella Magni, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

In this workshop, we will explore basic issues of conceptualizing, planning for, managing and building digital editions and we will provide a hands-on introduction to text-encoding. This is an introductory workshop for digital beginners: no technical skills nor previous experience in text markup is necessary.

Shaping Pedagogy and Student Learning through Shared Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Bryan McGeary, Dickinson College, and Christina Riehman-Murphy, Pennsylvania State University

Thursday, March 5, 4:30-6 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

In this workshop, we will explore effective strategies to navigate the wide variety of OER repositories. We will also discuss ways that OERs can help teachers incorporate open pedagogical practices that will lead to active and iterative learning and identity-inclusive course materials, and reinvent the relationship that students have with course content. This workshop will be led by members of the inaugural cohort of the Open Textbook Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship.

Situated and Transformed Practice: Critical Visual Literacy in L2 Instruction

Andrea Bryant, Georgetown University, and Silja Weber, Columbia University

Thursday, March 5, 12-2 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Suffolk

Politically neutral textbooks and language classrooms do not exist. Using a pedagogy of multiliteracies, this workshop models instructional sequences that decenter biased portrayals of marginalized speakers in language textbooks. Learn to present images as meaning-making resources that address politically charged visual representations in textbooks. Bring your own materials or practice with ours; textbooks from a variety of languages will also be provided.

Under Pressure: How to Successfully Publish Under Less Than Ideal Circumstances

Melanie Holm, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Regis

Melanie Holm.

In order to advance professionally, graduate students, early-career scholars, and NTT-faculty are required to publish earlier, faster, and more than ever before while facing increasing teaching and service responsibilities. This interactive workshop will focus on how to succeed in academic writing and publishing under less than ideal circumstances, including strategies for breaking large writing projects into more manageable tasks; integrating teaching and research to maximize scholarly output; targeting and tailoring publications for specific audiences; and identifying the habits and tendencies that can slow your progress and keep you from the path to successful, timely, and efficient publication.

This workshop is sponsored by the Pedagogy and Professional Area, the CAITY Caucus, and the Graduate Student Caucus.

Exhibitor-sponsored Workshops

New for the 2020 Convention: Exhibitor-sponsored Workshops!

Exhibitors: Do you have an author with a book coming out or a new service you would like to promote? All exhibitors have the opportunity to offer workshops in the Exhibit Hall at NeMLA's convention. NeMLA will promote your workshop as part of our Professionalization Initiatives, and convention attendees will have the opportunity to pre-register. Space is limited, and exhibitors who sign up after November 1 may be asked to share a workshop and may not be included in the workshops listed in our Winter 2020 newsletter. For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Promotions, Exhibits, and Professionalization Coordinator.

The 51st Annual Convention will feature these exhibitor-sponsored workshops. Space is limited, so please pre-register. If a workshop does not appear on "Registration and Membership," it has sold out, but you may email to be added to our waiting list.

Shakespearean Cultures: Latin America, featuring João Cezar de Castro Rocha

Organized by Michigan State University Press

Friday, March 6, 3-4:30 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

In Shakespearean Cultures, René Girard’s ideas on violence and the sacred inform an innovative analysis of contemporary Latin America. Castro Rocha proposes a new theoretical framework based upon the “poetics of emulation” and offers a groundbreaking approach to understanding the asymmetries of the modern world. Shakespearean cultures are those whose self-perception originates in the gaze of a hegemonic Other. The poetics of emulation is a strategy developed in situations of asymmetrical power relations. This strategy encompasses an array of procedures employed by artists, intellectuals, and writers situated at the less-favored side of such exchanges, whether they be cultural, political, or economic in nature. The framework developed in this book yields thought-provoking readings of canonical authors such as William Shakespeare, Gustave Flaubert, and Joseph Conrad. At the same time, it favors the insertion of Latin American authors into the comparative scope of world literature, and stages an unprecedented dialogue among European, North American, and Latin American readers of René Girard’s work.

Intellect's Publishing Bootcamp – Academic Presses: Tips and Strategies

Amy Damutz, Intellect Books

Friday, March 6, 10-11:30 AM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

This workshop will demystify current practices and provide insider guidance for those looking to advance their research and careers through scholarly publishing. Advice on how to identify opportunities, determining where to publish, the best way to approach a press, and how to deal with peer reviewer feedback will be discussed. We will highlight essential tips and strategies as well as common pitfalls to avoid when engaging book or journal editors. This session is useful for both veteran scholars as well as those new to academic publishing. Amy Damutz, acquisitions and marketing for Intellect, North America (, will host the session. Q&A to follow.

Make Your Teaching Materials Shareable, Marketable, and Compatible with OER

Melanie Banfield, LectureSource

Friday, March 6, 4:45-6:15 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Salon E

This workshop will explore how to take your teaching portfolio and make it both shareable and marketable to other professors as well as compatible with OERs. OERs are growing, but the database of compatible teaching materials is not. We will show what professors are looking for when they decide to purchase another professor’s teaching materials. We will also show how to make teaching materials compatible with the use of OERs.

Pitch to Publication: A Roundtable with Convention Exhibitors

John Morgenstern, Clemson University Press, and featuring exhibitors from additional presses

Friday, March 6, 11:45 AM-1 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

Exhibiting publishers will guide authors through the process of proposing a book to an academic press, from finding the right editor to drafting successful proposals. Editors will provide insider tips for effective queries, pitches, and proposals. The majority of the session will be devoted to an audience Q&A about any and all aspects of the publishing process.

Undergraduate Forum

Pre-registration not required

Applying to Graduate School

Claire Sommers, Washington University at St. Louis, Jennifer Mdurvwa, University at Buffalo, and Donavan Ramon, Kentucky State University

Saturday, March 7, 11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Marriott Copley Place, Back Bay Conference Center

This session will offer practical advice on applying to Master's and PhD programs in the Humanities. Participants will be given the opportunity not only to have their questions answered but to workshop their application materials.