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L. Ramon Veal Research Roundtable - Previous Revision

National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada

The L. Ramon Veal Research Roundtable is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, 8:30-9:45 a.m., in MGM Grand, Studio Room 8, Grand Arena, Main Floor by Grand Garden Arena. The L. Ramon Veal Research Roundtable allows researchers, graduate students, and teacher-researchers to submit research papers for review by senior researchers who will provide constructive feedback to these often new researchers in the field. The research roundtable is characterized by friendly yet extremely professional feedback from participants who offer a variety of perspectives.

The L. Ramon Veal Seminar was created in honor of University of Georgia English Education professor L. Ramon Veal) through a gift from his family following his death in 1984, following his career at UGA from 1964 to 1983.

to an interview about the Veal Seminar featuring former chairs Chris Goering and Shelbie Witte.

The session works as follows:

1.  Participants submit a description of their research to the committee chairs prior to the Fall Convention. (Note: The instructions for submitting proposals are on the following page of this announcement.)

2.  The chairs review the proposals.

3.  A cohort of senior scholars is recruited to work with small groups of Veal Seminar participants.

4.  Each senior scholar is matched with a small group of participants prior to the Fall Convention.

5.  Each participant sends his or her group's senior scholar a research summary at least one month before the Fall Convention, and also send a copy to the other participants in the small group.

6.  Prior to the Fall Convention, the senior scholar reads each submitted research summary and prepares feedback.

7.  On Sunday morning of the Fall Convention, the Veal Seminar is convened, and each small group meets to discuss each participant's research summary.

8.  Relationships established through the Veal Seminar may extend as far beyond the NCTE Convention as individual participants allow.

Historically, the Veal Seminar has focused on university-based research, often conducted as dissertations. While we retain this focus, we are adding a section that Cindy O'Donnell-Allen will chair that is dedicated solely to teacher-researchers conducting any sort of inquiry into their teaching, their students, their communities, their careers, and other topics of practitioner inquiry. Cindy will manage this part of the program; Peter Smagorinsky and Michael W. Smith will manage the traditional section focused on university-based research. Those who are doing research in their classrooms, but doing so while meeting university research requirements, are free to choose which section of the Seminar to which to submit their proposal.

Instructions for Submitting a Research Proposal to the Veal Seminar

Submit your proposal by September 1, 2012!!!!!

Please TYPE in the following information:


Current Position:

Affiliation and mailing address:  


Roundtable Category: Teacher-Research or University-based Research

In a separate document, provide the following:

Abstract: Provide an abstract of your study, limited to about 100 words

In six pages or fewer (excluding references), describe your research. Traditionally, such accounts include (a) a Problem Statement or motivation for conducting the study; (b) a Theoretical Framework or Literature Review; (c) an account of the Research Method; (d) A sketch of the Findings or Results; (e) a Summary or Concluding statement. For work in progress, any of these sections may be modified to suit the current rate of completion of the study. For teacher-researchers, "the story of the question"-that is, a narrative that provides the backdrop for conducting the research-may substitute for the Problem Statement and/or Theoretical Framework/Literature Review.

Reader Directions: Please provide some direction for your readers regarding the kind of help you want in terms of where you are with your research. In particular, help your reader understand your goals for conducting the research and how feedback can help you reach your goals.

Statement of Professional Ethics: I understand that submissions to the Veal Seminar are the property of the individual making the submission, and I agree not to share any part of another person's submission in any form without his or her written permission.

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