2017 Carolinas WPA Board Election

Candidates’ Statements


To Vote: If you are on cwpa@lists.carolinaswpa.org, 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

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.