Founding Board Members Honored at Wildacres

The Carolinas WPA founding board members – Marsha Lee Baker (Western Carolina University), Don Bushman (University of North Carolina – Wilmington), Dee James (University of North Carolina – Asheville), Meg Morgan (University of North Carolina – Charlotte), Paula Rosinski (Elon University), and Tim Peeples (Elon University) – were honored September 19th at the organization’s fall conference at Wildacres.

In 2003, the founding board members successfully proposed the formation of Carolinas WPA as an affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The affiliate was developed to encourage communication among community colleges, colleges, and universities, public and private, in North Carolina and South Carolina. Members represent a variety of writing programs, including writing centers, writing across the curriculum programs, first-year writing programs, and professional writing programs. Carolinas WPA enables regional writing program administrators to share concerns and collaboratively respond to issues related to the administration of writing programs.

Thank you, Marsha Lee, Don, Dee, Meg, Paula, and Tim, for your dedicated work on behalf of our organization and our profession!

CFP: The 4th Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing; February 10-12, 2012


Exploring the Employment Practices and Working Conditions that Affect Writing Instructors

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Wyoming Resolution and English Departments and writing programs continue to face challenging budget issues, there has been a recent groundswell of public discussion regarding contingent labor. The March 2011 issue of College English, for example, revisits the Wyoming Resolution and includes a statement from the NCTE College Section Working Group on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty. Then in June 2011, the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession issued its Professional Employment Practices for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members: Recommendations and Evaluative Questions. And currently, Open Words is calling for papers for its “Special Issue on Contingent Labor and Educational Access.” In their article in the aforementioned issue of College English, Lisa Meloncon and Peter England discuss how the department can be a “non-place” for instructors who feel disconnected from that department. The North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing is interested in exploring the conditions under which writing instructors currently work as well as facilitating discussion about how instructors and departments can connect–or reconnect. Symposium organizers welcome proposals for panels and papers on a variety of topics; those addressing any of the above concerns will be given special consideration.

Continue reading CFP: The 4th Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing; February 10-12, 2012

Fall Conference Schedule

Grants: Finding and Applying for Funding

 September 19-21, 2011 | Wildacres, Little Switzerland, NC (Directions)

Monday, September 19th

  • 4:00-6:00 Check-In, North Lodge Lobby
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Welcome and Opening Session featuring Susan Miller Cochran, NCSU, discussing the WPA Research Grants
  • 8:30 Social/Networking in the Canteen

Tuesday, September 20th

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:30 Finding Funding Opportunities

1)     Finding internal funding sources —Tim Peeples, Elon

2)     Finding national funding sources—Meg Morgan/Boyd Davis, UNC Charlotte

  • 10:45-12:30  Grant Writing 101/Finding Regional Funding Sources—Michelle Eble, ECU
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 What I’ve learned: Stories from 6 years seeking funding from the National Writing Project– Lynne Rhodes, USC Aiken
  • 2:30-5:00 Grant writing practice/drafting and working with “roaming consultants” (panelists and speakers)
  • 5:00-6:00 Break/outdoor time
  • 6:00 Dinner (CWPA Board Meeting)
  • 7:30 Social/Bonfire

Wednesday, September 21st

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45-9:45 Closing Session