Announcement of new Carolinas WPA Board members

We are delighted to announce the results of the most recent election of Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Executive Board members! The following folks will join the Board for a two-year term beginning on January 1, 2018:



Congratulations to the new Board members!


2017 Carolinas WPA Board Election

Candidates’ Statements


To Vote: If you are on, you will receive an email with a ballot link. Voting closes Sunday, November 26 at 11:59 p.m.


Representatives serve two year terms from January 2018-January 2020.


Candidate for South Carolina At-Large Representative (vote for one)


Jessica Ulmer is an instructor of English at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC and a doctoral student in Technical Communication and Rhetoric at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Though she began teaching at the middle and high school level back in 2006, as she was completing her second master’s degree, Jessi began teaching at the two-year college level in Massachusetts and Rhode Island while searching for full time work. She soon joined the Two-Year College Association of NCTE and realized her love for all things two-year college. As such, Jessica has been working on an article for Teaching English in the Two Year College called “Writing about Writing at the Two-Year College,” stemming from her master’s thesis on the same topic. She has presented about this at the annual conferences for the Two-Year College Association – NorthEast chapter, the Two-Year College Association – SouthEast chapter, the Two-Year College Association – West chapter and the Council of Writing Program Administrators. An avid proponent for quality composition instruction across the Carolinas, Jessi presented at Wildacres in September 2017 about “Building Bridges” across both states in terms of English department collegiality and composition pedagogy. Since returning to Columbia, she has begun researching WPAs and department chairs at all of the colleges across South Carolina, in the hopes of bolstering SC attendance at CarWPA events as well.


Candidates for North Carolina At-Large Representative (vote for one)


Cat Mahaffey is the Associate Director of First-Year Writing and a Senior Lecturer in the University Writing Program at UNC Charlotte. She also serves as a Quality Matters Faculty Fellow for the Distance Education Department at UNC Charlotte. Cat has been an active member of Carolinas WPA for five years. Her research interests include online writing instruction (OWI), digital composition, technical and professional writing, and accessibility. Her list of professional affiliations includes the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA), the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) and the OWI Standing Group of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).


Jan Rieman is a Senior Lecture in the University Writing Program at UNC Charlotte where she currently serves at First-Year Writing Director. She has taught First-Year Writing for over twenty years at a number of different institutions, from small, private colleges to large, public universities like UNC Charlotte, where she has been since 2007. Her research interests include writing program assessment, translingualism, and anti-racist writing assessment. She is co-editor of Next-Steps: New Directions in Writing about Writing, forthcoming from Utah State UP. Jan has been an active member of Carolinas WPA for five years and is interested in continuing to build on the collective power of the group to affect change for good in the current landscape of higher education in the Carolinas.

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,



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.



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