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Writing Research and Program Preservation in Tight Financial Times (Call for Proposals)

Submission deadline extended: Proposals due July 17th

Conference Theme and Design

Since Chris Anson’s call at the CWPA Meeting in the Middle in February 2007 to research ways to improve student writing and writing programs at our universities, Carolinas Writing Program Administrators has worked to facilitate researched responses to the challenges and opportunities facing our programs. This year, many of our members share the challenge of preserving “what’s good” about our programs – and moving forward with innovation – in a time of financial hardship. 

In recognition of this shared challenge, this year’s CWPA sixth annual fall conference (September 21-23 at Wildacres) invites participants to share research and problem-solving on creative responses to tight financial times. Participants might examine how to use budget cuts as opportunities to restructure programs in positive ways, share research that demonstrates the need to preserve small class sizes/low teaching loads, or challenge our assumptions about what is truly essential to a strong writing program. This list is not exhaustive, and we invite members to draw on their particular areas of expertise in order to assist like-minded colleagues from across NC and SC to better understand the state of research and practice in related areas.

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Meeting in the Middle (February 13, 2009)

The Third Annual CWPA “Meeting in the Middle” will be held Friday, February 13, 2009, from 9:30 to 4:30 at the UNC-Charlotte Up Town Center, in Charlotte, NC. This year’s meeting will focus on “Writing Courses Online: Dare we go there?” Our morning session will feature a panel, comprised of colleagues who have varying degrees of experience teaching and researching online writing courses, to lead us in a discussion of the complexities of online writing instruction, while our afternoon session will feature several hands-on demonstrations of activities and assignments that can be used in online writing environments.

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