The “Commerce Writes” Research Symposium

(investigating literacy practices and communities in and around Commerce)

Come hear these MA and PhD students share their findings about the community with the community.

Join us Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 1:15-3:15

Hall of Languages, Room 203 (Auditorium)

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Followed by a reception

View program, presentation abstracts, and more here (may take some time to download, but it may be worth it!).

Text version of program below.

View introduction to the Norris Community and A&M-Commerce research here and at “Norris Community” tab above.


May 4th (and a request)

@ 12:00, in the Hall of Languages, room 136:

Workshop for those interested in submitting a panel to CCCC 2011. Bring draft of proposal (even really rough) and your questions. Call for Papers available online. Try these excellent Suggestions for Drafting Effective CCCC Proposals. Check out a model or two by exploring the CCCC 2010 online program.

@2:00 (regular class time), in the Library

Meet on the first floor of the Library at one of those conference tables behind the circulation desk. The vast majority of the class time today will be available for you to work on your final presentations and finish up everything else for the course, so bring what you need to make productive use of this time. If you would rather not bring your laptop, you can check a pretty excellent one out from the the Circulation Desk. See schedule below for details regarding what’s due and when.


The Dean of Arts and Sciences is requesting any and all items representing scholarly activity amongst our graduate students for inclusion in a display/forum to take place on the morning of Tuesday, May 11th. The news is BRAND new (to us, to you), so they turn to you for help since they already know you’ve created some fabulous stuff.

If you are preparing media or other presentation materials for our symposium (which begins at 1:15 5/11) and can have these items ready before our afternoon event, that’d be wonderful. If you can share your Translation Project again, we’d all really appreciate it. Just let me know when we meet Tuesday, 5/4.


Agenda, April 27

NOTE: See revised schedule for specific items due before conference (handout distributed last week; version available at scribd below)

Conferences instead of class. This second round of conferences will be held in my office, as well.


12:30-1:00: Sean Ferrier-Watson

1:00-1:30: JP Sloop

2:00-2:30: Hmoud Alotaibi

3:00-3:30: Lami Adama

3:30-4:00: Baker Banikhair

4:00-4:30: Allyson Jones

4:30-5:00: Debbie Jones

Agenda, April 20

1. Overview schedule and deadlines (“Qualitative Research Process”), sign up for conferences

2. Annotated Bibliography –10 entries due today

3. Presentations/program

4. Coding, Research Portfolio (artifacts, fieldnotes, interviews, surveys, analysis)

Why code?

Coding is a research tool that further separates you–the researcher–from the data. Doing so allows you to focus on what the data are “saying” to you rather than what you assume it to be saying. (“Data Analysis 101,” Shane, the Lone Ethnographer, 2007). Other tools: double-entry fieldnotes (taken during interviews, during field observations, while reviewing archival materials, while listening to/viewing recorded interviews/oral histories, while reviewing secondary source materials). All of this allows you to separate what is there in front of you (summary) from insights, interpretations, and other important theory-building work so you can better understand what the data are saying to you.

What can we code?

Anything! Everything. In fact, you should. Code your field observations, fieldnotes taken during interviews or while reviewing recorded oral histories, fieldnotes taken while reviewing artifacts, the artifacts themselves, transcripts of interviews, and your own extended fieldnotes, relevant writing assignments, photographs, and other items.

Where do these codes come from?

See “Qualitative Research” handout. Create your own code book. As you continue working through your project, you’ll identify additional codes and tweak existing ones. But it is important that you keep a list of what those codes actually mean. Otherwise they won’t be useful to you.

Many times codes come from your research question, but you may find them elsewhere as well. This is a list in progress. Check out the blogroll for how some of your classmates are coding their projects.

5. Abstract (see Joe Janangelo suggestions for preparing conference proposal)


Research Portfolio-details

Posters and Other Info about National Library Week preparations

Printing Posters

If you are preparing a poster through Picasa or another program and wish to print it up on campus (price is MUCH better than a commercial copy center like Kinkos or Staples), you should should complete it before the end of the week. After Friday, it won’t be possible to get it printed before we have to display it (the following Tuesday).

Before Friday, 4/9/2010, put your completed poster on a flash drive or other portable device and take it to Pride Shop in the Sam Rayburn Student Center (see information about services and prices). You can get a relatively large poster (24 x 36) for less than ten dollars.

Posters That Won’t Require a Specialized Printer

Just bring them with you and meet us in class Tuesday, 4/13. We’ll display them then.


Sunchai is compiling Translation Projects presented as video into a single DVD to play on a loop during National Library Week. Thus far, that DVD will include

  • A video montage of Oral History interviews with Opal Pannell, Harry Turner, Ivory Moore, and Billy Reed (same one you find here)
  • Sean FW’s video introducing his major research project
  • Hmoud’s video from two recent interviews with research participants
  • Debbie’s video introducing her major research project

Others? If so, just get an .mov or other portable version to us before Friday. Email me at to let me know so we can talk about how to best get that to me (or directly to Sunchai)

Not Creating Something to Display during National Library Week?

That’s okay. Just send me a blurb of what you have created and where we can find it (url). I’ll add that to promotional materials displayed during National Week on Writing so that visitors can go check it out. I’ll need that by noon Monday, 4/12.

EVERYONE: Don’t forget to send me working title and blurb from your major research project. By noon Monday, 4/12, but earlier if possible. See post below.

Agenda, 4/6

Goal: Preparing Research for Public Audiences (public writing, Translation Project)


CCCC 2011 (Atlanta, GA)

Free Lunch (and conversation), sponsored by Gee Library and the Honors College

  • Thursday, April 15, 11-1:00 (RSVP today) at Sam Rayburn Student Center, Conference Room C
  • Speaker: Paullette Jiles, award-winning and best selling Texas writer of poetry, memoir, and historic fiction
  • At luncheon, Jiles will focus on the research process she uses and how she turns that into works of fiction.

1. Overview, schedule and deadlines to end of term

  • 4/13 or 4/14 (see below): Translation Project
  • Translation Project on display during National Library Week, from 4/11-4/17
  • 4/14 at 3:30 (Gee Library), Hugh Burns lecture about rhetoric, technology, and modalities across time (check back here soon for Press Release and additional details)
  • 4/13 (noon) and each Monday until 5/4: submit at least one set of Extended Fieldnotes and your latest Conceptual Memo (good job with those last week!)
  • 4/19 (noon): same as above, as well as draft of first 10 entries to be included in your Annotated Bibliography (originally due in final form 4/20, but submit draft now then complete Annotated Bibliography with your complete Research Portfolio on 5/4
  • 4/27: Workshop complete draft of Research Portfolio, along with reflections and annotations (checklist available soon)
  • 5/4: Workshop complete draft of Final Project
  • 5/11: Presentations (public invited)

2. Translation Project, details and goals

  • Overview
  • Your plans/progress
  • Due 4/14 by 2:00 (if you are installing it for display during National Library Week; otherwise it is due 4/13, by noon)

2. Intro, Bill Moyers Journal (April 2, 2010)

3. To the Library

  • Meet Scott Lancaster at 3:00 to view display area for National Library Week and provide him with RSVPs for Thursday event
  • Workshop in Library, utilizing laptops (available for checkout in library) or open lab and/or tables and one another

4. Check with me before you go, sharing drafts of Translation Projects and/or plans/notes to complete before next week’s deadline.