Interactive Workshops

Workshops at our Annual Convention model hands-on learning and are interactive discussions led by a moderator. They aim to develop professional skills or examine professional interests, responsibilities, and proficiencies.

Space for workshops may be limited, so please pre-register. If a workshop is sold out, it will no longer appear under "Registration and Membership," but you may email to be added to our waiting list.


Exhibitor-sponsored Workshops

Bridging the Digital Distance: Engaging Virtual Students with Empathy and Technology

Brandi So, Touro College and University System,
Robert Daniel, Saint Joseph’s University, and
Gregory Bruno, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

Saturday 13 March 2021, 10:30a-12:00p

This workshop will feature a skills-based approach to the higher-order concerns of virtual education: cultivating meaningful student-teacher, student-student, and student-content engagement. Virtual education classrooms have laid bare the deficiencies of a single-technology approach to student engagement, and have likewise revealed the importance of intrapersonal connections in preventing negative outcomes for vulnerable student populations. With heart and technology, there are ways to engage students from a distance using fun online tools. Topics covered will include identifying and serving at-risk students, ed-tech tools and ed-tech tools with LMS integrations, and collaboration and annotation platforms. The session will include hands-on practice and interaction.

Dissertation Pedagogy

Tommy Mayberry, St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo, and
Sarah Gibbons, University of Guelph

Thursday 11 March 2021, 10:30a-12:00p

Research shows that graduate students view feedback from their supervisors and committee members as critical to their successes with theses and dissertations—and not just with the content they are writing about, but with the actual writing and processes of writing as well. Providing feedback on multiple ongoing thesis and dissertation projects, however, can be a challenging, time-consuming, and even frustrating process for faculty. In this workshop, we’ll draw on research from Writing Studies and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to discuss effective approaches to mentoring and supporting your graduate students via feedback on their thesis and dissertation projects. Together with our workshop participants, we will offer strategies for providing effective feedback under time constraints and will identify approaches and tools that your graduate students can use (and that you can use with your graduate students) to address and engage with your feedback as they write, revise, and polish their theses and dissertations.

Do Hansel and Gretel Really Want to Go Home? Performative Teaching of Literature

Susanne Even, Indiana University-Bloomington

Sunday 14 March 2021, 1:00p-2:45p

Performative pedagogy facilitates intersections of content and the individual learner. Including performative aspects into literature teaching is a pedagogical move that prepares the ground for students wanting to read and to read on. Participants will be familiarized with basic performative conventions and learn to adapt these conventions to different texts, thus taking the role of the performative teacher, trying out ideas in a safe space, and learning with and from each other.

Dynamic Course Design for Teaching the Humanities Online

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

Sunday 14 March 2021, 3:00p-5:00p

This hands-on professional development workshop provides a guided opportunity for designing and teaching fully or partially online courses, led by two individuals with extensive expertise in faculty development for online and blended teaching, as well as experience teaching comparative literatures and cultures. 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.

Mapping with Digital Humanities Tools

Caterina Agostini, Rutgers University

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 3:00p-5:00p

By attending this interactive workshop, you can learn to use effective tools with Digital Humanities methods. Using geospatial tools offers an opportunity to explore geographical and chronological aspects of a large research corpus.

Task-based Literature Teaching: Applying TBLT to the Literature Classroom

Chris Jacobs, Temple University

Thursday 11 March 2021, 1:30p-3:00p

Research has shown that many students seek to obtain practical language skills from their literature classes. Research has also shown that learning success depends on how well students believe classes align with their personal goals. This interactive workshop explores how to apply real-world-focused, task-based language teaching (TBLT) to literature classes. In this workshop, attendees will explain the relationship between student goals and learning, describe TBLT, analyze the effectiveness of specific activities, and design literature-based tasks that students are likely to find useful and engaging. Attendees will leave with both concrete tasks and the skills to design additional tasks.

Using Open Pedagogy to Innovate Teaching and Learning

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

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 1:00-3:00p

This workshop will focus on ways in which faculty can employ open pedagogical practices with students and how these practices aid in reinventing the relationship that their students have with course content. We will present short case studies on open projects and share the impact these projects have had on the teaching and learning experience. Participants will be guided through the process of creating an Open Project Roadmap that will be customized to their unique course, technology, and partnership affordances. The workshop will be led by two members of the inaugural cohort of the Open Textbook Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship.

Exhibitor-sponsored Workshops

Exhibitors have the opportunity to offer workshops at NeMLA. We will promote your workshop as part of our Professionalization Initiatives, and convention attendees will have the opportunity to pre-register. Exhibitors who sign up after November 1 may be asked to share a workshop. For more information, please email Claire Sommers, Exhibits and Professionalization Coordinator.

A Discussion on Publishing with Intellect Books

James Campbell, Intellect Books

Friday 12 March 2021, 3:15p-5:00p

James Campbell of Intellect Books & Journals will discuss key aspects affecting contemporary academic publishing and offer advice and tactics to improve your chances of publishing a book, a chapter or a journal article within the fields of media, visual culture, film, cultural studies, Italian studies, and more! The discussion will include the proposal and submission process, choosing a publisher, peer review, and open access, among other topics. The session is intended to be interactive, and questions are welcomed.

Publishing Today: A Talk with Publishers

Hannah Brooks-Motl, Amherst College Press

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 3:00p-5:00p

In this roundtable, exhibiting publishers will give practical advice on issues that first-time and long-time authors often confront, from drafting book proposals, to thinking about press “fit,” to utilizing new publication technologies. Short presentations by editors will be followed by an audience Q&A open to any aspect of the publishing process.

Working with Lean Budgets to Improve Digital Pedagogy in a Post-pandemic World

Alexandra Lough, LectureSource, and
Melanie Banfield, LectureSource

Sunday 14 March 2021, 10:45a-12:45p

We invite faculty, department chairs, and deans to learn how to work with smaller department budgets to improve digital pedagogy and increase student enrollment. We will discuss solutions for last-minute hiring, alternatives to high-cost publisher textbooks and software, online student engagement, and sustainable course-materials options for departments and students.