The svr2 event was designed to provide pedagogical
support to first-year writing teachers in the UA
who were interested in spatial and visual rhetorical praxes,
and the context and background of our audience for the event was an important
consideration in determining its scope. We realized, for example, that installations
and workshops would offer different types of engagement, and both types of
project would allow participants to come and wander through the event without
having to track themselves into one of the 15-minute windows of time for the
workshops. As members of our Program, our participant audience of teachers
are mainly graduate students studying in one of five graduate programs: English
Language Linguistics; Creative Writing; Literature; Second Language Acquistion
and Teaching; or Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. These
programs grant MA, MFA, or PhD degrees, and the graudate students have diverse
strengths as teachers of composition. Our program employees adjuncts who contribute
to our teaching and intellectual community as well. The Writing Program serves
approximately 12,000 undergradute students each year in a range of first-year
and advanced composition courses, and our students are often required to craft
essays or multimodal projects that include spatial and visual analyses.
The event program provides brief descriptions of the installations and
All the participants in the event also provided materials that would benefit
their fellow teachers, and we collected these resources in a "quick"
A special thanks to our UA
Writing Program colleagues Drs. Anne-Marie Hall and Christopher Minnix
for their support of svr2.