NASSR 2013 Course Design Competition

A reminder of the upcoming deadline for the NASSR 2013 Course Design Competition.  The Committee welcomes entries of all sorts as well as an initial inquiries. Entries are due by July 5.  See details below.


Course Design Contest at NASSR 2013

Sponsored by NASSR and Romantic Circles

We are excited to announce the first annual NASSR Course Design Contest, which will take place at NASSR 2013 in Boston, August 8th-11th.  The contest was devised in the hopes of celebrating recent pedagogical innovation, inspiring creative new approaches, and creating an additional forum for conversations about Romantic pedagogy—both its boons and challenges.  We hope it will likewise complement and extend the conference’s open session on pedagogy, Teaching Romanticism Now:  What Matters Most?, sure to be a conference highlight.

Submissions might include a course that rethinks the period; a part of a course that addresses a specific author, theory, or literary problem; a special project, assignment, or a particular pedagogical technique.  We encourage the use of multimedia resources and digital techniques and courses designed to use multi-modal digital platforms for learning and communication, but they are by no means required.  Courses and projects should be recent—within the past two years—or projected to be taught in 2013-14.

After submitting a small packet of material, three finalists will be chosen to give a short presentation of their courses and pedagogies at a special panel during the conference.  The winner will receive a $250 award, recognition at the NASSR banquet, and their materials will be published on the Romantic Circles Pedagogies website.  The deciding board will be formed by members of NASSR in the US, UK and beyond, Romantic Circles, and the NASSR Graduate Caucus.


Please send a document of between 3-5 pages to Kate Singer, Assistant Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College and Romantic Circles Pedagogies Editor ( by July 5, 2013.

Initial queries and questions are welcomed.

Potential materials might include but are not limited to:

– A cover letter and explanation of the submission, including an argument as to the course or project’s pedagogical innovations and benefits

– Syllabus or parts of a syllabus

– Assignment sheets

– Multimedia or digital materials