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Carolinas WPA Wildacres Retreat, 2019 Call for Proposals

15th Annual Fall Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Conference
September 16-18, 2019

Proposal deadline: 11:59 p.m., Monday, August 26, 2019
Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 6, 2019

Cost: $210 for students and NTT faculty; $220 for TT faculty. The cost covers two nights’ lodging and five meals at the retreat center.

Theme: Holding Space: Trauma, Community, and Care in Writing Programs

 

 

Today I write on behalf of the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators to extend sympathy, strength, comfort, and compassion to all of you. You have built and led this organization. You have hosted us in your space. We have shared ideas and strategies, meaningful glances and laughter and tears, meals and M&Ms, coffee, wine, and good beer, mountain sunrises and city sunsets. In so many ways, your campus is our campus; your students, our students; and thus, your heartbreak, pain, trauma, and healing—ours, too. We are holding space for you as long as you need it.

 

Carolinas WPA President Paula Patch wrote and published these words on May 1, 2019, hours after a gunman shot and killed two UNC Charlotte students in a classroom on campus. At Wildacres this year, we continue to make good on our promise to our UNC Charlotte colleagues and to all our colleagues in writing spaces in North and South Carolina. We hope you will join us in the space of healing through learning and sharing.

 

Conference Schedule and Format. The conference begins at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, and concludes at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18. Jan Rieman’s Monday evening plenary session on will be followed by a full day Tuesday of workshops and presentations for and by writing teachers and program administrators. Non-tenure track members and attendees are invited to gather to talk shop and make connections during the NTT Network portion of the retreat. Paula Patch will convene that group. Unscripted time will be available, too, on the beautiful mountaintop of Wildacres Retreat, with a closing session Wednesday morning. All meals are provided. Wildacres Retreat is a low-tech, informal setting conducive to relaxing, collaborating, and learning with friends and colleagues across the Carolinas. We welcome teams or solo participants from across our region.

 

Monday Evening Speaker and Tuesday Workshop Leader: Jan Rieman, UNC Charlotte

 

“Developing Trauma-Informed Practices in Writing Programs: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Students, Teachers, and Programs”

By the time they reach college, 66 to 85 percent of youth report lifetime traumatic event exposure, with many reporting multiple exposures (Read, Ouimette, White, Colder, & Farrow, 2011; Smyth, Hockemeyer, Heron, Wonderlich, & Pennebaker, 2008). College students are particularly vulnerable to experiencing a new potentially traumatizing event (PTE); and as many as 50 percent of college students are exposed to a PTE in the first year of college (Galatzer-Levy et al., 2012). In addition, data show that nearly ⅔ of U.S. adults have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Given the high rates of students who have experienced traumatic event exposure or ACEs, writing programs need to reexamine their institutional roles in order to better address the impact of trauma and ACEs on our students, our institutions, and on ourselves. Trauma in postsecondary learners can manifest in a number of ways: difficulty focusing, attending, retaining, and recalling; tendency to miss a lot of classes; challenges with emotional regulation; fear of taking risks; anxiety about deadlines, exams, group work, or public speaking; anger, helplessness, or dissociation when stressed; withdrawal and isolation (Hoch et al., 2015). Researcher Bruce Perry notes that students dealing with the aftereffects of trauma and ACEs often struggle to process new information when they are triggered or stressed. “The major challenge,” he writes, “is to furnish the structure, predictability, and sense of safety that can help [these students] begin to feel safe enough to learn.”

 

Despite the challenges and limitations we face as non-mental health professionals, having a trauma-informed framework can help rhetoric and composition teachers and WPAs be better prepared to not only recognize how trauma, ACEs and other adversities impact learning, but to develop policies and procedures to more holistically support learning in the midst of the realities of our students’ lives.

 

Call for Proposals

 

We encourage individual or team proposals from people in the Carolinas who are working in any teaching, research, or administrative positions related to writing. We welcome proposals related to this year’s theme of “Holding space: Trauma, community, and care in writing programs.”
Two different conversation-style presentation types will facilitate conversations around this theme:

 

  1. How We Help: Share a teaching method or writing program leadership strategy that is working well at your site. Or present findings from a study you’re involved in that would interest writing teachers and WPAs. 20 minutes includes feedback time.
  2. Help We Need: Describe a teaching, program leadership, or research problem or story that you would like help thinking about with other attendees. 20 minutes includes feedback time.

 

Proposals must include:

  • Names and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your proposal
  • Type of presentation (How We Help, Help We Need)
  • A title and 200-word (more or less) description for the program

 

Submit your proposal by completing this online proposal form. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m., Monday, August 26, 2019.

 

You are entirely welcome to attend without presenting, but those whose proposals are accepted will be listed on the formal agenda. This may help you advocate for travel funding. Proposals also help us plan appropriate groups and design activities around members’ goals.

 

 

The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, September 6, and no refunds will be guaranteed after that time. To register, please visit the conference page.

Registration for the 2019 Carolinas WPA Meeting in the Middle now open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Meeting in the Middle, to take place at the UNC-Charlotte Center City campus on Friday, February 8, 2019.

 

Please visit this website to register. For more information on proposing to speak at the conference, please see the CFP at this website. Proposals are due by Friday, January 18, and the deadline to register for the conference is Friday, February 1.

Carolinas WPA Meeting in the Middle 2019 CFP

CWPA announces its (lucky) Thirteenth Annual Spring Conference: Meeting in the Middle.

 

Wild, wacky weather in the Carolinas means that this year’s MitM will mark a full year since Carolinas Writing Program Administrators members and friends will have had an opportunity to gather. We have much to catch up on, and much to celebrate!

 

Our theme for this year’s meeting will be reflection—specifically, metacognition in the writing classroom. Metacognition—monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting one’s own approaches to learning—is essential for a writer’s development. Wendy Sharer and Kerri Flinchbaugh from East Carolina University will lead us in a workshop that focuses on two related areas: 1) strategies for helping students develop metacognitive awareness of their writing processes, and 2) promoting metacognitive pedagogy through WAC–based professional development. Time will be provided for participants to begin planning activities and assignments for their courses and/or to sketch out structures for metacognition-focused faculty workshops.

 

The lunch break will give you time to check in with colleagues about the “AP3 issue” in North Carolina, meet with others on tenure- or non-tenure track appointments about shared concerns, and any other special interests that span institution and state boundaries.

 

Other folks will have an opportunity to share their work during afternoon concurrent sessions. See the full CFP below.

 

And everyone is invited to celebrate our 15th anniversary and the transition to a slightly new executive team: Collie Fulford will be transitioning to past-president, Paula Patch to president, and Kevin Brock to president-elect.

 

Carolinas Writing Program Administrators 2019 Meeting in the Middle Full CFP

 

Friday, February 8, 2019

10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (with optional Friday evening events)

UNC Charlotte Center City Building

320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Theme: Reflection and Celebration: Looking Back, Moving Forward

 

Proposal deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019. We have a quick turnaround, and presenters will be notified by Tuesday, January 22, so they have plenty of time to make travel arrangements.

 

You are entirely welcome to attend without presenting, but those whose proposals are accepted will be listed on the formal agenda. This may help you advocate for travel funding. Proposals also help us plan appropriate groups and design activities around members’ goals. We encourage individual or team proposals from people in the Carolinas who are working in any teaching or administrative positions related to writing. We also welcome creative interpretation – and deviation – from this year’s theme of Promoting Metacognition in the Classroom. Three different presentation types reflect members’ interests:

  1. Problem: Describe a teaching, program leadership, or research problem that you would like help thinking
    about with other attendees. 10-15 minutes includes feedback time.
  2. Showcase: Share a teaching method or writing program leadership strategy that is working well at your
    site. Or present findings from a study you’re involved in that would interest writing teachers and WPAs.
    10-15 minutes includes feedback time.
  3. Other: You have an idea for that doesn’t fit either category. Explain! You still have 10-15 minutes to
    present.

A proposal must include the following:

  • Names and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your
    proposal
  • Type of presentation (problem, showcase, other)
  • A title and brief description for the program
  • Your specific goals for presenting

 

Please use this proposal form to submit your proposal.

 

Because of the shorter format of Meeting in the Middle, we are not able to accommodate all of the presentations we had planned for Wildacres. If you submitted a proposal that was accepted for Wildacres, we strongly encourage you to submit a proposal for Meeting in the Middle.

 

 

Call for Carolinas WPA Board Nominations

Carolinas WPA Call for Nominations

President-Elect and Executive Board At-Large Representatives for SC and NC

The Executive Board of Carolinas Writing Program Administrators invites nominations for three positions: 1) President-Elect, 2) At-Large South Carolina Representative, and 3) At-Large North Carolina Representative.

 

The Carolinas WPA serves as an affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. All Executive Board members should be members of both the Council of Writing Program Administrators and the Carolinas WPA (or be willing to obtain such memberships upon election to the board).

 

Nomination Process

Review the open positions below. You may nominate yourself or someone else with their permission. Those elected are expected to attend our upcoming February “Meeting in the Middle” at UNC-Charlotte and the annual fall conference.

 

This nomination requires the nominee’s name, role at their institution (assistant professor, doctoral student, etc.), their institutional affiliation, the role for which they are nominated, and a brief biographical statement from the nominee to be included on the ballot.

 

  • Nominations close October 28.
  • Online ballots will be available October 31.
  • Voting will end November 14.

 

The Executive Board will announce the new board members and their respective positions after the votes have been verified.

 

Nomination form

Open Positions

1. President-Elect

This person will serve a term of two years in this role: January 1, 2019–January 1, 2021, and is expected to move into the President role upon completing a term as President-Elect.

The President-Elect is responsible for organizing the Meeting in the Middle (working with the host institution, developing the theme, inviting speaker/s, food, program, etc.) in collaboration with the President. Second, the President-Elect works directly with the President to encourage a Carolinas WPA presence at other conferences (such as CCCC, CWPA, TYCA, NCETA, SAMLA and/or NCEI). The President-Elect also helps in other capacities like contributing to the Annual Fall Conference each year.

 

2. At-Large Position: South Carolina Representative

This person will serve a term of two years in this role: January 1, 2019–January 1, 2021.

 

3. At-Large Position: North Carolina Representative

This person will serve a term of two years in this role: January 1, 2019–January 1, 2021.

 

At-Large positions on the board serve multiple purposes. One is to ensure representation from both states (NC/SC). Another is to conduct outreach within the representative state to recruit other members from NC/SC and community colleges. At-Large positions help to organize both the Meeting in the Middle and the Annual Fall Retreat. At-Large positions are responsible for managing or otherwise putting together panels for conferences like SAMLA, TYCA, NCETA and/or NCEI. They may contribute in other ways as initiatives arise.

 

Nomination form

 

Please recall that only active Carolinas WPA members can vote! To renew your annual membership prior to voting, you can visit the Carolinas WPA website. The cost of annual membership is just $20.00 for tenure track faculty and $10.00 for all other positions.

 

Carolinas WPA Fall 2018 Conference CANCELLED due to Hurricane Florence

The following is a message from Carolinas WPA President, Collie Fulford.

 

Dear Carolinas WPA members, conference presenters, and other participants:

 

It is with everyone’s safety in mind that the board and I have decided to cancel the conference at Wildacres that was planned from September 17-19.

 

We yield to the urgency of Hurricane Florence.

 

After the storm has passed we will determine whether we can attempt a new fall date at Wildacres or whether to wait until our spring conference to reconvene.  We will reimburse all conference fees if we are unable to reschedule, and we will of course refund any who cannot attend during a new date.

 

I appreciate all of the hard work of the board, the presenters, our keynote and workshop leaders, and the Wildacres staff as we prepared for this conference.  Right now it is simply more important to prepare for the storm.

 

Be safe, friends.  I hope to have more specifics for registrants next week about new plans to learn from and support each other in writing leadership.

 

Collie