CFP – Grants: Finding and Applying for Funding Opportunities

Eighth Annual Carolinas WPA Conference at Wildacres

Call for Proposals

Grants: Finding and Applying for Funding Opportunities

September 19-21, 2011 | Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC

*Proposal deadline: Friday, July 15th*

Conference Theme and Design

In these lean financial times, resources for innovative program development, curriculum design, and WPA-related research is very difficult to come by. As a result, WPAs increasingly need to take part in internal and external grant competitions. To help with this intimidating and often labor intensive process, the Carolinas Council of Writing Program Administrators will focus its annual fall gathering at Wildacres Retreat Center on “Finding and Applying for Funding Opportunities.” The meeting will provide information to help participants identify relevant funding sources and will provide instruction in and hands-on working time for writing grant proposals. We envision the meeting as a terrific opportunity for you and colleagues from your program to locate and begin to pursue grant money, and we hope that the occasion will also give rise to some cross-institutional funding proposals.

Conference Schedule and Format

The format of the conference will encourage full engagement of participants from a broad variety of institutions and programs. We will mix small, working group discussions with larger presentations about grant seeking and grant writing.

The conference will begin at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 19, and will conclude at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 21.

Featured session leaders include (more may be added)

  • Michelle Eble, East Carolina
  • Susan Miller-Cochran, NC State
  • Tim Peeples, Elon
  • Lynn Rhodes, USC Aiken


We invite proposals from individuals or groups from schools across the Carolinas. Each proposal should be no more than 700 words and should contain the following:

1)   A description of a project or set of related projects that you and your colleagues (if applicable) hope to secure funding to pursue.

2)   A brief overview of the possible costs involved with this project or set of projects. Rough estimates are fine.

3)   A list of grant-related concerns that you have and/or issues that you would like to discuss with others at the conference.

4)   A brief overview of any fund-seeking successes–research or teaching/administration related–you have had in the past (if applicable).

5)   The names and contact information (email and phone) for each person affiliated with the proposal.

Please be sure to title your proposal and submit it via email to Wendy Sharer ( by Friday, July 15, 2011.

Titles and authors of accepted proposals will be included on the conference schedule as formal presentations/contributions. We hope this will open up travel funding for all participants.

NOTE: You do not need to present to attend the conference, but if presenting will help you secure funding, we hope you will consider submitting a proposal either individually or with some colleagues from your institution.

Registration and Cost

The registration price of $165 includes lodging and 5 meals at Wildacres, as well as all conference materials. The registration will open July 15, and the registration deadline is August 31, with no refunds after September 7. Prior to September 7, you may cancel and receive a full refund.

We anticipate that space will be limited. We will maintain a waiting list if you pay the registration fee, which will be returned in full if no openings become available.

Questions or Comments?

Contact Wendy Sharer at or 252-328-6698.

Meeting in the Middle: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

WHO:           Carolinas WPA (CWPA)

WHAT:         Meeting in the Middle (one-day conference)

WHERE:       UNC Charlotte (Cone Center: Rooms 208 and 210) – Get Directions

WHEN:         18 February 2011 from 9:30am-4:00pm

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

“The scholarship of teaching and learning involves systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations or publications.”

-Kathleen McKinney, Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, Illinois State University

The afternoon session of the CWPA “Meeting in the Middle,” our annual one-day event in Charlotte, will provide a venue for sharing our work on the scholarship of teaching and learning with our colleagues from North and South Carolina. We invite proposals for poster presentation that contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Posters might, for instance focus on classroom-based research projects that you have done or that you plan to do, or they might focus on how research, whether classroom-based or not, can inform and enrich teaching practices.  Graduate students and faculty from all ranks are welcome to join us.

Please bring your own easel or way or displaying your poster.

Conference Description

Morning Session (9:30am): Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Panel A
The morning session will feature specialists in the scholarship of teaching and learning from North and/or South Carolina universities.

Poster Set-up (11:00-11:30pm)

In-house Luncheon (11:30am-12:30pm)

Afternoon Session I (12:30pm)

Poster Presentations
Posters accepted will be displayed in the afternoon. Authors and attendees will be encouraged to roam the room and chat/discuss with presenters about their specific research projects on teaching and learning.

Afternoon Session II (2:00pm)

Panel B
The afternoon session will feature specialists in the scholarship of teaching and learning from North and/or South Carolina universities.

Closing Session (3:30 pm)

To increase CWPA visibilityBring a Friend for Free.  However, you must register your friend when you register. Registration is only $25.

We know we are cutting our deadlines close, so if you intend to participate (submit a poster), please send an email directly to Tony Atkins ( indicating the title of your poster, a brief explanation of the topic, the names of those who will be presenting the poster with you, and the name of your institution/s.  Please send your proposal by Friday, February 4.

CFP: North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing

North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing
Shifting Platforms: New Media, Emerging Literacies, and the Writing Teacher

February 4-5, 2011
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing is interested in facilitating discussions focusing on how best to navigate and respond to the continued emergence of new media technologies and resultant literacies. As scholars and educators, we must continue to reconsider the role these new media and literacies play in our students’ lives and writing classrooms. More than ever before, students continue to face profound changes in their literacy journeys from the beginning of their education to its culmination. With these changes educators are faced with a new set of opportunities and challenges. Given that reality, the symposium organizers welcome proposals for panels and papers on a variety of topics; those addressing any of the concerns above will be given special consideration.

Related topics include (but are not limited to):
* Defining new literacies and new media
* Influences of new media on student writing and literacies
* Negotiating professional development and learning in regard to evolving and emerging media
* Instructor education and integration of web logs (blogs), wikis, message boards, etc. in classroom environments
* Assessment of student writing from different multimedia platforms
* Using multimedia rhetoric
* Altered approaches to composition practices in an online, networked environment including multimedia or multimodal friendly platforms
* Emergent opportunities for and negotiation of collaborative writing
* Resultant connections between information technologies and plagiarism
* Intersection of authors: defining intellectual property in an age of information
* Curricular transfer: application and efficacy of composition strategies from high school writing environments to community colleges and universities
* Fostering critical awareness regarding composition’s changing relationship with new media

The keynote speaker for this year’s symposium will be Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. Professor Lunsford has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chair of the Modern Language Association Division of Writing, and as a member of the MLA Executive Council. She has written or coauthored eighteen books, including Writing Matters: Rhetoric in Public and Private Lives; The Everyday Writer; Everything’s An Argument; and Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition, as well as numerous chapters and articles related to composition and rhetoric.

Specific Guidelines for Submission:
Individual paper proposals should be 200-300 words in length. Panel submissions should not total more than 1000 words. Panels will be 75 minutes in length, including Q&A.

All sessions will be held in rooms with Internet access and projection capabilities. Please indicate any other technology requirements.

We encourage participation from all faculty ranks, and we particularly encourage contingent faculty, K-12 faculty, and graduate student participation.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 1st.

Submit proposals as a Microsoft Word compatible attachment (.doc or .docx) or PDF to:Bridget Cooper (