Regional Events

Participating in regional conferences and events is a great way to connect with other members of Sigma Tau Delta, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers.

If your chapter is contemplating hosting a regional event, your first step should be to contact your Regent for information about promotional, and possible financial, assistance. Note: In order not to conflict with Sigma Tau Delta's annual spring convention, regional events should only be planned for the fall.

As a service to its members, Sigma Tau Delta provides links to regional conferences and other non-Society-sponsored English events. If you wish to have a link to your conference or event on this web page, please complete the Event Posting Request Form.

Ivory Towers and Grain Silos: Place, Privilege, and Power

Co-sponsored by the Phi Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and the English Graduate Organization at Western Illinois University (WIU)

Date: Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25, 2014

Location: Simpkins Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL

Purpose: This co-sponsored conference serving all undergraduate and graduate students in the Midwestern Region of Sigma Tau Delta will promote discussion on the themes of Place, Privilege, and Power in any area of English studies, including but not limited to writing studies, pedagogy, cultural studies, creative writing, literary studies, film studies, linguistics, and critical/literary theory. We welcome interdisciplinary interest and participation, and although we are interested particularly in papers about place, privilege, and/or power, any topics within English Studies will be welcomed.

The conference will include a keynote address on the evening of Friday, October 24, by Dr. Julie Rak, a professor of English and Film Studies at University of Alberta. Her scholarly work has appeared in numerous journals including Prose Studies, Interdisciplinary Quarterly, and International Journal of Canadian Studies, and her keynote address will focus on her current book project, Social Climbing: Gender in Mountaineering Expedition Writing and Film.

The conference will also include a workshop for members of Sigma Tau Delta. The workshop, which will be run by the Midwestern Regent Timothy Helwig, the Midwestern Student Representative Tim Leonard, and the Midwestern Associate Student Representative Lindsay Hansard, will focus on strategies for meeting the challenges of recruiting members and invigorating local chapters.

Paper topics (both creative and critical) may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Literature of Place
  • Rhetoric of Power
  • The State of the Major
  • Sustainability
  • Agrarian Literature
  • Privilege
  • Higher Education
  • Colonialism
  • Capitalism and Consumerism
  • Displacement
  • Class
  • Tradition and Custom
  • Language, Rhetoric, and Power
  • Race and Power
  • Home
  • New Media
  • Positionality
  • Marginalization

Please send 250-word abstracts to by September 5, 2014.

We also welcome submissions by post:
English Graduate Organization
Department of English & Journalism
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

For further information, please visit our website.

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 5, 2014
Email Submissions to:
Email questions to: Tim Helwig,

2013 Southwestern Region Conference

University of Central Oklahoma Language and Linguistics Student Conference and Sigma Tau Delta Southwestern Region Meeting

Sponsored by the UCO Language Society in collaboration with the UCO Department of English, UCO English Society, and Sigma Tau Delta's Southwestern Region.

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Location: University of Central Oklahoma, Nigh University Center, 100 N. University Dr., Edmond, OK
Facebook Group: Language and Linguistics Student Conference (LLSC)

Purpose: To feature undergraduate and graduate student research in the fields of language and linguistics through papers and presentations by students from national and international institutions, and to promote fellowship and networking among the chapters of Sigma Tau Delta's Southwestern Region.

The Language and Linguistics Student Conference is now open for submissions. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for individual presentations and organized panels. Individual presentations should be 12 to 15 minutes. Panel presenters may select a 50 or 65-minute time block. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to, relationships between and among language, linguistics, and their many applications in:

  • natural and artificial languages
  • indigenous languages
  • extinct and endangered languages
  • American Sign Language
  • speech pathology and hearing sciences
  • language and cognition
  • theoretical and applied linguistics
  • structural, semantic, or phonological analyses
  • comparative grammars
  • discourse/text analyses
  • rhetoric, the arts, literature, and the humanities
  • academic, pedagogical, cultural, and sociological construct

Submissions should be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format to by Monday, September 1, 2014. Late submissions are not guaranteed consideration for presentation. Please include the title of the presentation at the top of the abstract without any personal identifying information; however, please include identifying information in the body of the email message.

  • Individual submissions should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • Panel submissions should be sent as a single document containing the title of the panel, and a description of the panel's focus of no more than 200-words. If appropriate, panelists may submit a 150-word titled abstract along with the panel submission.

Presentations may be readings or visual presentations. Please note: PowerPoint presentations only and must be PC compatible. PowerPoint must be delivered via flash drive. Internet connection is not guaranteed. No poster presentations will be accepted. Authors must currently be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in at least three credit hours at an accredited college or university or must have graduated with a degree no earlier than December 2013.

Presenters will be eligible to submit a written copy of their conference presentations for publication of the conference proceedings in the winter issue of the ScissorTale Review, the University of Central Oklahoma's Department of English online journal of student work. For more information visit the ScissorTale website. Instructions for submission and further details will be provided at the conference.

Registration includes the conference luncheon, t-shirt, tote bag, and access to all conference events.

Questions regarding abstracts or presentations may be directed to

View conference website
Submission Deadline: Monday, September 1, 2014
Acceptance Notication: Monday, September 15, 2014
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 29, 2014