Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) TYCA unites teachers committed to the teaching and study of English in the two-year college, advancing the profession, and providing a national voice for the two-year college in postsecondary education. The national TYCA was formed fifteen years ago when founded by the existing seven TYCA regional organizations in concert with the National Council of Teachers of English. Each of the individual TYCA regionals has a website, an annual conference, a newsletter/journal, and individual initiatives.
- TYCA Northeast
- TYCA Midwest
- TYCA Southeast
- TYCA Southwest
- TYCA Pacific Northwest
- TYCA Pacific Coast (English Council of California Two-Year Colleges ECCTYC)
- TYCA West
PublicationsTeaching English in the Two-Year College (TETYC) publishes articles for two-year college teachers and those teaching the first two years of English in four-year institutions. The journal seeks articles in all areas of composition (basic, first year, and advanced); business, technical; and creative writing; and the teaching of literature in the first two college years. TETYC also publishes articles on topics such as staffing, assessment, technology, journalism, writing program administration, ESL, speech, reading, and other areas of interest.
The journal has a number of additional regular features:
- Instructional Notes (short articles describing successful classroom practices)
- Reviews of books, software, and other nonprint materials
- Readers Write (50-200 word comments on published articles or professional issues); and What Works for Me (200-750-word descriptions of successful classroom activities)
- Announcements (such as calls for papers or information about upcoming conferences); and Poetry (40 lines maximum) are published on a space-available basis.
- "TYCA to You" in every issue. This feature includes reports from all seven TYCA regionals. On occasion, these reports focus on pedagogical initiatives and issues. (no separate URL available).
Regional journalinside english TYCA Pacific Coast (English Council of California Two-Year Colleges ECCTYC) reaches an audience of English faculty in California's 111 community colleges. Promoting excellence in teaching English, the journal provides a forum for discussion of issues in teaching lower division composition and literature and serves as a vehicle for writers to express their ideas and challenge assumptions.
TYCA Pacific Northwest
FORUM:Newsletter for issues about part-time and contingent faculty is a newsletter on contingent, adjunct, and part-time faculty issues in college composition and communication. This newsletter is published twice annually (alternately in CCC and TETYC) and is sponsored by the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
- TYCA Talks is an annual part of the program of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), the primary conference devoted to the teaching of writing. It's a Friday night event, an informal gathering of two-year English faculty in attendance at the conference. Generally, the TYCA National Executive Committee hosts the meeting at which announcements are made, and participants break into smaller groups by region to discuss issues.
- Two-Year College Breakfast co-sponsored by textbook publishers in the field. At the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) conference, interested faculty attend a breakfast meeting at which awards are presented to outstanding programs in English at two-year campuses.
- All regional groups have annual conferences. For program archives see: TYCA Northeast TYCA Midwest TYCA Southeast TYCA Southwest TYCA Pacific Northwest TYCA Pacific Coast (English Council of California Two-Year Colleges ECCTYC) TYCA West
- WAC Institute for Community Colleges In 2011, Metropolitan Community College -Longview (MO) hosted a Writing Across the Curriculum Institute for Community Colleges, an opportunity for community college WAC directors, discipline faculty, and administrators to learn practical strategies for starting and sustaining a WAC program in a community college setting.
Position PapersPosition statements of interest to TYCA members
Guidelines for the Academic Preparation of English Faculty at Two-Year Colleges Guide to best practices for graduate programs preparing faculty to teach at two-year campuses. (12 pages)
Research and Scholarship in the Two-Year College Guide for the teacher-scholar informed both by reflective practice and the application of the best theoretical approaches. Includes areas for possible inquiry and extensive bibliography. (19 pages)
SurveyThe Two-Year College English Association initiated a survey of community college instructors in 2005. The survey instrument is available online as are three research papers based on the survey.
- "An Analysis of the National TYCA Research Initiative Survey Section IV: Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing Centers in Two-Year College English Programs" Leslie Roberts Teaching English in the Two-Year College December 2008
- "An Analysis of the National TYCA Research Initiative Survey, Section II: Assessment Practices in Two-Year College English Program" Patrick Sullivan
- An Analysis of the National "TYCA Research Initiative Survey Section III: Technology and Pedagogy" in Two-Year College English Programs" Jody Milward Teaching English in the Two-Year CollegeMay 2008
The Diana Hacker TYCA Outstanding Programs in English Awards for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers is given annually and honors two-year teachers and their colleges for exemplary programs that enhance students' language learning, helping them to achieve their college, career, and personal goals.
The Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award is granted each year to the author whose essay manifests excellence in the following areas: content currency, style, form, value to readers and overall impression.
The Nell Ann Pickett Service Award is granted each year to an outstanding teacher whose vision and voice have had a major impact on two-year college professionalism and whose teaching exemplifies such outstanding personal qualities as creativity, sensitivity, and leadership. The award, presented at the annual CCCC Awards Ceremony, consists of a plaque and free registration to the following year's CCCC Conference.