Spotlight: FCEA Webmaster Leslie Salas

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Leslie Salas

Leslie Salas

FCEA Webmaster

Leslie Salas teaches courses in Composition, Studies in Literature, Technical Report Writing, and Creative Writing while also serving as Comics Editor for Sweet: A Literary Confection and Webmaster for FCEA. She has edited two anthologies, Other Orlandos (Burrow Press, 2017) and Condoms & Hot Tubs Don’t Mix (Beating Windward Press, 2018), and has two essay collections on father figures in animated television shows under contract with McFarland & Company.

When did you first become a member of FCEA?

I joined in 2014.

Why did you join FCEA? How has membership in this organization had an impact on you and/or your career?

I joined because I was accepted to present at a conference several years ago. I’ve been a member ever since! I enjoy presenting at these conferences and attending the presentations of other Florida English scholars.

What do you do for FCEA as our webmaster?

I maintain and update the FCEA website, including all of the virtual forms used for registration, submissions, and nominations. I also sometimes help with managing some of our social media accounts.

What would you like FCEA Members to know about how your position on the Board impacts them and their membership?

I do my best to consider the needs of FCEA members when designing the website! I want the information you need to be easily accessible, especially for our annual conference.

How long have you been on the FCEA board?

Since 2018.

Why did you decide to become a FCEA Board Member?

After being an FCEA member for several years and being annoyed at the poorly-designed, out-of-date website, I decided to take things into my own hands! I offered my services to help re-vamp our web presence so that it matches the quality and caliber of the annual conference as well as the notable contributions of all of our members.

What are the benefits of being on the FCEA Board?

Being a Board member is more than just a line on a CV–it shows an enhanced level of commitment in our field and is a way of serving the unique needs and interests of our region. Not only am I delighted to have a direct impact on the way the organization is perceived (through our web presence), I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know other Florida English scholars at other universities.

What advice do you have for anyone who might be thinking about becoming an FCEA Board Member?

Do it! Come to our board meeting at the end of the annual conference to meet us and chat about whether or not you might want to take the plunge.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

If you have any recommendations for the website, please let me know! I’d love to take them into consideration.

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Leslie Salas’ anthologies, Other Orlandos (Burrow Press, 2017) and Condoms & Hot Tubs Don’t Mix (Beating Windward Press, 2018).

Spotlight: FCEA Treasurer Christopher Nank

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Christopher Nank

FCEA Treasurer

Originally from Northeast Ohio, Christopher Nank has been a Floridian since 1998, with a brief stop in the DC area mixed in. He got his BA in English from Ohio University and MA and PhD in Literature from Florida State University. His interests have ranged all over the place throughout his career; currently he’s been into eco-critical readings of contemporary and historical literature, and looking at depictions of climate change and apocalypse in literature and media.

When did you first become a member of FCEA?

I joined in 2014.

Why did you join FCEA? How has membership in this organization had an impact on you and/or your career?

To be honest, I was thinking of quitting academia back when I joined; it’s done nothing less than help me rediscover my enthusiasm for literature, teaching, and writing!

What do you do for FCEA as our treasurer?

Handling, reviewing, managing the Association’s finances!

What would you like FCEA Members to know about how your position on the Board impacts them and their membership?

Everything we do/provide at our conferences (and beyond) requires money, from your membership and registration fees to funds we receive from publishers to set up displays; it’s primarily my job to make sure we’re operating within our limits and means!

How long have you been on the FCEA board?

Since 2019.

Why did you decide to become a FCEA Board Member?

I was invited, and I’d wanted to become more involved in FCEA for several years.

What are the benefits of being on the FCEA Board?

Meeting and working with a lot of cool and friendly people, primarily! But it’s also been great having a voice in some of the guiding decisions we make as an association.

What advice do you have for anyone who might be thinking about becoming an FCEA Board Member?

Go for it if you have the opportunity! So far, for me, it’s been fun and engaging.

Spotlight: FCEA Social Media Coordinator Sherri Ahern

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Sherri Ahern

FCEA Social Media Coordinator

Sherri Ahern is a doctoral student of Higher Education at Florida International University in Miami. She has her master’s degree in English Literature, with a concentration on identity studies, Shakespeare, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Sherri has now moved into the field of higher education to study policy surrounding collegiate recovery for students with substance use disorders.

 

When did you first become a member of FCEA?

I joined between 2015 and 2018.

Why did you join FCEA? How has membership in this organization had an impact on you and/or your career?

I joined because I presented at the 2018 FCEA conference. I was able to present at the 2019 conference as well. As a Ph.D. student, professional affiliations and presentations are important to me, so FCEA has helped me with that.

What do you do for FCEA as our social media coordinator?

I keep the FCEA social media pages up to date.

What would you like FCEA Members to know about how your position on the Board impacts them and their membership?

We would love to hear from and connect with our members, so hopefully our social media pages make FCEA accessible to all.

How long have you been on the FCEA board?

Since 2020.

Why did you decide to become a FCEA Board Member?

I am a college student and a college instructor, and I have enjoyed two great FCEA conferences already, so I thought that I would be able to help out!

What are the benefits of being on the FCEA Board?

Connecting with other people who love what FCEA stands for, and being able to collaborate with other like-minded members.

What advice do you have for anyone who might be thinking about becoming an FCEA Board Member?

Reach out and talk to the current members; we are all happy to help guide you!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

The current and past FCEA board of directors have done an amazing job so far. Let’s keep going!

Sherri Ahern

2020 RMCEA Pop-Up Conference: Sat, Jun 13th

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The Rocky Mountain CEA, which is the only CEA Chapter in the American West, is holding their 2nd annual conference virtually on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

The RMCEA is sponsored by Colorado State University: Global, the USAF Academy, and the University of Northern Colorado. They have had a very close relationship with FCEA since their founding in 2018.

Since our conference has been cancelled this year, RMCEA has invited members of FCEA to join them in their Zoom virtual conference–as attendees or presenters.

As our sister chapter, RMCEA chose to mirror their conference topic after our now-cancelled 2020 conference,  “The Roaring 20s: A Hundred Years of Modernity.” While they are soliciting presentations on this Roaring 20s topic, they are also welcoming presentations on all other topics related to college-level English courses.

This year’s RMCEA virtual pop-up conference is free of charge. To attend, all you will have to do is download the Zoom app and join.

If you are interested in attending in the conference, please send Jim Meredith an email with your name, title/rank, and institutional affiliation by June 10, 2020. He will then send you an electronic invite. After the conference, he will provide a letter of participation for anyone who might need one for their professional development records.

(If you would like to present at the conference, also include the title of your paper in your email to Jim. While the official deadline for submissions has passed, he may be able to accept late proposals.)

 

2020 Conference Cancelled

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Dear members of FCEA,

We are sad to announce that due to the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 FCEA conference in Orlando, Florida has been canceled. We discussed several options before coming to this difficult decision, options such as postponing the event for the spring or going to a digital-only presentation format, but both options presented risks or challenges that we could not guarantee to overcome in just six months. Our Board of Directors is made up of college professionals, so we understand first-hand the stress and uncertainty our industry is currently facing. Please know that we stand with you in spirit and look forward to the day when we can come together for scholarship and fellowship.

In the meantime, the Board of Directors is already planning for our 2021 conference. We have every intention of holding a live event as usual (with any necessary safety measures), and we are planning ahead for whatever new form our industry may need to provide professional development for our members.

To help our members maintain their “active” status in the club for the 2020-2021 academic year, we are keeping our membership link open. At this link, members will be able to provide their yearly membership dues, and new members will be able to join our ranks. Upon completing your 2020-2021 membership registration, you can request a letter for proof of membership to include in your tenure or employment portfolio. We want to do everything we can to provide ongoing support for our members.

Thank you for being a member of FCEA. We look forward to meeting again in 2021. Until then, be on the lookout for periodic updates for our upcoming events and opportunities.

Warmest Regards,

Chrissy

Christina Connor
Faculty, English Department
Hillsborough Community College
(Brandon Campus)

Vice President &
Conference Coordinator (2020)
Florida College English Association

 

 

Welcome to Spotlight: FCEA’s Blog

The Florida College English Association has many amazing members — and we would love to feature your scholarship and professional and personal accomplishments on our new blog, Spotlight.

Whether you’ve gotten a promotion, have a new publication coming out, or simply want to celebrate some scholarly achievement, we want to shine the Spotlight on you as our “Scholar of the Week.” The only requirement is that you’re a member of FCEA!

Apply to be featured on Spotlight today.