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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

A proposal must include the following:

  • Names and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your
  • 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.




Important announcement regarding 2018 Wildacres Conference (September 17-19)

Following is an important note from our current President about our upcoming fall conference (September 17-19):

The Wildacres staff and the Carolinas WPA board are keeping an eye on the forecast for Hurricane Florence.


Please look for an email update by Thursday, September 13 regarding the status of our fall conference in light of this storm.


If we decide to cancel or postpone the conference, more details will follow on Thursday.


If we decide to hold the conference on the current dates, we will honor individual decisions about whether to travel or not. Those who cannot attend will receive a full registration refund. (Reminder: Monday, September 10 is the last day to register.)


Many thanks for your patience as we await more weather information.


Collie Fulford

Registration now open for the 2018 Carolinas Writing Program Administrators fall conference

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 Carolinas WPA fall conference at Wildacres is now open. You may visit the fall conference website to learn more about the conference and to find links to registration for single persons or up to five persons at a time.


Please note that this year’s conference fee is either $210 or $220 per person, depending on the registrant’s status, and long-sleeve T-shirts commemorating Carolinas WPA’s 15th anniversary are available for $15 apiece.


The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018.


If you have questions about registration, please contact the Carolinas WPA President, Collie Fulford.