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Carolinas WPA Meeting in the Middle 2018 CFP

Call for Proposals

Carolinas Writing Program Administrators

Meeting in the Middle

Friday, February 16, 2018

10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

(optional Thursday and Friday evening events)

UNC-Charlotte Center City Building
320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Theme: 2020 Vision: Building Connections and Coalitions across Campuses

Proposal deadline: Friday, February 2, 2018

Carolinas Writing Program Administrators is accepting proposals for its Twelfth Annual Spring Conference, Meeting in the Middle.

Connections, collaborations, coalitions. Effecting change—whether in working conditions or website resources—requires sustained and supported efforts of groups of people who share common goals, values, and vision. It helps if they also share disciplinary identity and language. In their chapter in the recently published collection Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership, compositionists Jennifer Heinert and Cassandra Phillips describe the characteristics of effective coalitions: “A coalition has common goals, works purposely toward them, and shares credit and responsibility for the work. Creating a coalition begins with identifying, including, and supporting colleagues who share values, concerns, and goals. On the surface, this may seem like an easy task, but it involves establishing regular communication and developing trust over time” (“From Feminized to Feminist Labor”).

This year’s Meeting in the Middle is designed to give writing program administrators and faculty time and space to find the people who share their values, concerns, and goals. Acknowledging that the work in front of us, whether teaching, research, or activism, is more than one individual person, program, or school often has time or resources to tackle well, we encourage you to find partners to share the load. We are, as has been said, better together.

We invite proposals for brief presentations that might address the following:

 

  • Successful coalitions. Already have partners? What kinds of things have you accomplished as a team? And what can others learn from your experience?
  • Help wanted. Have a research, curricular, or programmatic project that could use a few more heads or hands? Describe the project and the ways others can help.

 

You are entirely welcome to attend the Meeting in the Middle without presenting, but those who declare what they are working on in advance will be listed on the formal agenda, which may help with self-advocating for travel funding.

Your proposals also help us plan appropriate interest groups and design workshop activities around your goals.

We welcome creative interpretation of the theme and goals. This forum is appropriate for work that would benefit from feedback and focused workshop time. Carolinas WPA welcomes individual and team projects at any stage of development and from people working in any teaching or administrative positions related to writing in the Carolinas.

 

Conference Format

A featured talk on strategies for cross-institutional collaboration led by Carolinas WPA member Jessie Moore will be followed by small breakout interest groups and writing activities. Those presenting should prepare for 15-20 minutes per person to discuss their work-in-progress and seek feedback from those with shared interests.

 

Proposals

Each proposal should be 250 – 500 words including the following:

  • Names and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your proposal
  • A presentation title
  • A description of the pertinent topic
  • Your specific goals for presenting at MinM

Submit it via email to Collie Fulford (cfulfor1@nccu.edu) and Paula Patch (ppatch@elon.edu) by 12:00 midnight Friday, February 2, 2018, using the subject line “MinM Proposal yourlastname.”

Questions or Comments? – Contact Paula Patch at ppatch@elon.edu.

 

Registration

The registration price of $40.00 includes lunch and the opportunity to bring a guest for free. Carpooling encouraged. Recommended: Add $6.00 per car to prepay parking.

  • The registration deadline is Friday, February 9, 2018.
  • When you “Bring a Friend for Free,” you must register your friend when you register yourself.

Registration opens soon on the Carolinas WPA website.

 

Parking

UNC-Charlotte Center City charges Carolinas WPA $6 for each event parking pass. Passholders have access to a lot very close to the conference building. If you prepay for a parking pass, we will email guidelines for printing your pass the week of the conference. If you choose not to prepay, you will need to find an alternate parking location.

 

Hotels

Map of hotels near the conference

Call for Nominations: Executive Board At-Large Representatives from NC and SC

Nominations open until October 31.

 

The Executive Board invites nominations for two positions: At-Large South Carolina Representative and 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 membership upon election to the board). The board welcomes people of any professional rank who are involved in higher education writing pedagogy.

 

Nomination Process

Review the open positions below. You may nominate yourself or someone else with their permission. Those nominated will be asked to submit a brief biographical statement before being included on the ballot. Those elected are expected to attend our “Meeting in the Middle” (the meeting we have each February at UNC Charlotte).

 

This nomination form requires the nominee’s name, status at their institution (assistant professor, doctoral student, etc.), their institutional affiliation, the position for which you are nominating them, and a brief recommendation.

 

Once the deadline for nominations has expired (October 31), the board will develop a ballot to be sent via the CarolinasWPA listserv where all who are subscribed to the CarolinasWPA list will have an opportunity to vote on the candidates nominated for each position. Once the voting has ended and the votes have been verified, the Executive Board will announce the new board members and their respective positions.

 

Online voting ballots will be available approximately November 15 with voting ending on December 12.

 

Open Positions

1) At-Large Position: South Carolina Representative

2) At-Large Position: North Carolina Representative

 

These representatives will each serve a term of two years in this role: January 1, 2018–January 1, 2020.

 

At-Large positions on the board serve multiple purposes. One is to ensure representation from both states (NC/SC). Another is to conduct out-reach within the representative state to recruit other members from NC/SC including community college faculty. 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.

 

Thank you,

 

Collie

CFP: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Rhet-Comp Symposium; due date October 20

Dear Carolinas Writing Program Administrators: please be aware of the following call for proposals from the organizers of the HBCU Rhet-Comp Symposium, taking place March 29-30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Proposals are due by October 20, 2017.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

 

Registration now open for Carolinas WPA’s 2017 Fall Conference at Wildacres

Registration is now open for the 2017 Fall Conference of the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators. More information on the conference is available below and in the conference’s call for proposals. Please visit this page to register.

Photo of the view from the Wildacres Retreat Center

The view from the Wildacres Retreat Center

14th Annual Fall Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Conference

Communities and Contact Zones: Doing Justice

September 18-20, 2017 | Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC (Directions) | $200 (includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals)

  • Proposal deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Registration deadline: Monday, September 11, 2017

Carolinas WPA 2017 Wildacres Retreat Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

14th Annual Fall Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Conference

Communities and Contact Zones: Doing Justice

September 18-20, 2017 | Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC (Directions) | $200 (includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals)

  • Proposal deadline: Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Registration deadline: Monday, September 11, 2017

Carolinas Writing Program Administrators is accepting proposals on the theme of “Communities and Contact Zones: Doing Justice” for its Fourteenth Annual Fall Conference.

Twenty-six years after Mary Louise Pratt published “The Arts of the Contact Zone,” our profession continues to grapple with ways to call out colonialism in our classrooms and universities.  We seek ways to invite heterogeneity of expression and perspectives, and we strive to work with conflict and discomfort in ever-contested learning spaces. Our conference site itself is a contact zone in which the white supremacist history of the property contrasts with its present mission to serve as an inclusive, anti-discriminatory site for dialog across differences. The dialectic between community and difference that Pratt calls attention to comes into play in nearly every aspect of our work in the Carolinas as we attempt to do justice to our best ideas, do justice with our students and colleagues, and do justice in often conflicted institutional contexts.

What are you working on in your classrooms, your programs, or your research?  What challenges are you experiencing in your communities, in your justice work?  What successes have you had in working with or across differences? How do we do justice to the ideas, like Pratt’s, that invigorate our work?  As teachers, as program leaders, as community members, as researchers, how do we do justice with each other? How might the community of Carolinas WPA further your work toward those ends?

 

Keynote and Workshops: “Contemplating Race: Mindfulness as Antiracist Pedagogy.” Emma Howes and Christian Smith from Coastal Carolina University will facilitate workshops on using contemplative practices in the classroom to enact antiracist pedagogy. They will discuss some of the theoretical background for this work, providing exercises that cultivate mindfulness to build critical literacy skills in spaces where differing discourses meet. They will also address the ways we, as instructors and administrators, may benefit from our own development of contemplative work. In this way, participants will be asked to consider the value in creating slow reading and writing practices to facilitate agents to more carefully consider their initial encounters with text. This encourages deep engagement with literacy practices for navigating multiple, often clashing, discourses, and helps build empathy through the work of deep, rhetorical listening. Contemplative practices may thus allow students of writing to move from affectively-driven reactions to reflective responses.

 

Conference Schedule and Format. The conference begins at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 18, and concludes at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 20. A keynote talk on Monday evening will be followed by a full day Tuesday of workshops, small breakout interest groups, and activities on the beautiful mountaintop of Wildacres Retreat, with a closing session Wednesday morning. All meals are provided.

The conference format encourages engagement of participants from a broad variety of institutions and programs.

Those presenting should prepare for 15-20 minutes to discuss their work and seek feedback from those with shared interests. Those leading retreat activities or mini-workshops should prepare for 45-60 minutes focused on lively participant involvement.

Wildacres Retreat is a low-tech setting conducive to relaxing, collaborating, and learning with friends and colleagues across the Carolinas.

 

Proposals. You are entirely welcome to attend this conference without presenting, but those whose proposals are accepted will be listed on the formal agenda, which may help with obtaining travel funding. Proposals also help us plan appropriate interest groups and design activities around members’ goals.

We welcome creative interpretation of the theme. This forum is especially appropriate for work that would benefit from feedback and focused workshop time. Carolinas WPA welcomes individual and team presentations at any stage of development and from people working in any teaching or administrative positions related to writing in the Carolinas.

You may submit a proposal for one of two types of activity:

  • Individual or team presentation to be placed into 1-hr discussion groups with other presenters. Plan for approximately 20 minutes per person including discussion time.
  • Retreat activity: Solo or co-lead anything from yoga or an Appalachian plant identification walk to a mini-workshop related to the conference theme. Plan to have 45- to 60-minutes. We welcome creative use of Wildacres’ indoor and outdoor common spaces.

Be prepared to work without AV equipment. (Internet is very limited and we may not have access to projectors.) Each proposal should be 250 – 500 words including:

  • Names and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your proposal
  • Type of activity (individual or team presentation 15-20 minutes per person; retreat activity or mini-workshop of 45-60 minutes)
  • A title and brief description of what you will share
  • Your specific goals for presenting
  • Questions for attendees that will help you elicit feedback relevant to your goals.

Submit your proposal via email to Collie Fulford (collie.fulford@gmail.com) and Paula Patch (ppatch@elon.edu) by 11:59PM Monday August 25, 2017, using the subject line “CarWPA Proposal yourlastname.”

 

Registration and Cost. The registration fee of $200 includes 2 nights’ lodging and 5 meals at Wildacres, as well as all conference materials. Conferencegoers must register by Monday, September 11, 2017. No refunds after Friday, September 8. The registration link will be opening soon on our conference page.

Questions or Comments? – Contact Collie Fulford at collie.fulford@gmail.com.