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2014 TYCA West Annual Conference, October 10-11th @ Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ * Theme: “Teachers and Students – In It Together”

About TYCA-West

What is TYCA-West?
TYCA-West is the Two Year College English Association for the Western Region. TYCA-West functions under the umbrella of our parent organization, National TYCA. National TYCA is part of NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English). Within National TYCA there are seven regions. TYCA-West serves faculty in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii.

What is our purpose?
National TYCA unites teachers committed to the teaching and study of English in the two-year college, to advancing the profession, and to providing a national voice for the two-year college in postsecondary education.

The purpose of TYCA-West is to foster the intellectual and pedagogical growth of English teachers and administrators in two-year colleges throughout the western region. We hold an annual conference every October where we encourage faculty to share their teaching expertise and projects they are working on at their various institutions.

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Upcoming Conference

TYCA-West 2014 will take place on October 10-11 in fabulous Mesa, Arizona! This year’s conference theme is “Teachers and Students–In it Together.”  (See below for a detailed outline of the conference CFP.)

We are excited to present Quentin Vieregge as our keynote speaker for this year’s conference. Quentin is an Assistant Professor of English at UW-Barron County, where he teaches first and second semester first-year composition, film, literature, and business communication classes. He is the lead author of Agency in the Age of Peer Production (with Kyle Stedman, Taylor Mitchell, and Joseph Moxley) published by NCTE in 2012, and he is the managing editor of Writing Commons (, a peer-reviewed online open education resource designed for undergraduate writers.


CFP for TYCA-West 2014

TYCA-West 2014: “Teachers and Students–In it Together”

“Authentic education is not carried on by the teacher for the student or by the teacher about the student, but rather by the teacher with the student” (emphasis added). These ideas from Paulo Freire’s seminal 1970 text, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, have never been truer than they are today.

While tradition would have us believe that teachers are the disseminators of knowledge and students are the receptacles for that information, the reality is, more often than not, quite different. With the impact/influence of changing technologies, collaborative education and online learning, the contemporary classroom is an active space, an environment that invites and encourages us to reconsider the relationship between “teacher” and “student.” As Freire’s ideas suggest, it is this nexus – the exploration of true collaborative work between teachers and students – where we will encounter “authentic education.”

For the 2014 conference in Arizona, we are seeking proposals that address the variety of ideas and practices behind what it means to “re-vision” the classroom dynamic between teachers and students. How do you approach collaboration in your classroom? How can instructors and students more effectively share the dual roles of teacher/learner? What practices have you used to help engage students in learning? These are just a few of the questions you might consider.

Email your proposal to by September 15, 2014.

Please join us for a fun, methods and materials-sharing conference!  We look forward to seeing you here!

The submission date for conference proposals is September 15, 2014.  Please email your proposals for TYCA-West’s 2014 conference in Mesa, Arizona to  You can also email us this address with any questions about TYCA-West 2014.  Thanks!


TYCA-West Annual Conference: October 10-11, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona

Host: Mesa Community College (

Contact:Stephanie Dowdle Maenhardt @ OR Jeff Andelora @

Conference Hotel Reservations: Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa

Address: 1422 Bass Pro Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201
Hyatt Place is three miles from MCC’s campus and will provided limited shuttle service to and from the conference.  A number of restaurants are within walking distance of the hotel.
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Past Conferences

2012 “The Power of Paradox: Active Learning for the 21st Century Professor!” Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT; October 19-20.

2011 “Transitioning into and out of Academe: Thinking & Writing for College Students” Mesa Community College in Arizona; October 7-8.

2010 “Entering the Conversation: Creating Actionable Knowledge” College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV; October 8-9th

2009 “Point and Counterpoint: Converging Fugues within Composition and Community” Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah; October 9-10.

2008 “Reaching Across Communities: Service in and out of the Classroom.” Valley Verde Campus of Yavapai College Clarkdale, Arizona; October 10-11.

2007 “Building Bridges of Lifelong Learners.” Las Vegas, Nevada; October 12-13

2006 “New Literacies: Teaching Writing in the Twenty-First Century.” Park City, Utah; October 20-21.

2005 “Moving Mountains: Changing the Landscape of Community College Classrooms.” Prescott, Arizona; October 6-8.

2004 “Striking It Rich: Cross-Talk in English.” Las Vegas, Nevada; October 7-9.

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