CarolinasWPA Fall Conference Schedule

Carolinas Writing Program Administrators 9th Annual Fall Conference

Writing Program Assessment: Tapping Institutional Opportunities

September 17-19, 2012

Wildacres, Little Switzerland, NC


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Monday, September 17

  • 4:00-6:00        Check-In, North Lodge Lobby (light snacks will be available in the Canteen)
  • 6:30                    Dinner
  • 7:30                    Welcome and Opening Session – Featured Speaker: Shelley Rodrigo – Writing on the Go: the What, Why, and How
  • 8:30                    Social / Networking in the Canteen


Tuesday, September 18

  • 8:00                       Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:15         Announcements / Charge for the day
  • 9:15 – 10:15       Session #1: Collaborations – Presenters:
    • Casie Fedukovich – Can I Safely Navigate a Cross-Department Initiative? (STEM)
    • Denise Paster – A Collaboration Between FYC and the Library
  • 10:30-11:30       Session # 2: Technologies – Presenters:
    • Susan Miller-Cochran and Dana Gierdowski – Designing a Flexible Classroom Space (IT)
    • Brent Simoneaux & Robin Snead – Multimodal Composing Across the Disciplines
  • 11:30-12:00     Question/Answer/Discussion
  • 12:15 – 1:15       Lunch
  • 1:45 – 2:45        Session #3: Program Goals – Presenters:
    • Laura Aull – Considering Directed-Self Placement (DSP)
    • Jean Coco – Hitch Your Wagon to a Star (Case study for CAC)
    • Collie Fulford- Priority Convergence in an Undergraduate-Faculty WPA Research Partnership
  • 3:00 – 4:30         Breakout sessions: Representing Carolinas WPAs at SAMLA
    • QEP cluster
    • Strategic planning and partnerships cluster
    • Current Issus in WPA Work
  •  4:30-6:00           Free time (hike/walk/rest) & Board Meeting (if needed)
  • 6:00 – 7:00         Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:30         Featured speaker: Will Banks (with Kerri Flinchbaugh and Steph West-Puckett) – (Re)Framing Collaboration and Professionalization
  • 8:45                        Social in Canteen/Bonfire


Wednesday, September 19         

  • 8:00                    Breakfast
  • 9:00                    Wrap Up: Plans for MiM and other venues

CFP: Fifth Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing

Building Bridges: Extending the Work of Composition Beyond the Classroom

The Fifth Annual North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing

February 15-16 2013, NC State University


As a field, composition has a rich history of actively engaging with pedagogy. Learning and the work of the classroom are never far from writing instructors’ thoughts, conversations, and research. Institutions of learning have recently had to respond to increasing fiscal constraints and a variety of pressures for reform and restructuring, however, and working conditions for writing instructors have continued to either remain stagnant or deteriorate. In such an academic climate, writing teachers have had many reminders that the world outside our classroom walls and the perceptions of the work going on within them matter a great deal. While it may at times be convenient to be seen as grammarians or academic discourse “coaches” in service of other courses, this misperception can be dangerously confining and reductive for writing teachers, programs, and studies, as our field has much more to offer than the drills and basic formulae these roles imply. And although Louise Wetherbee Phelps and John M. Ackerman’s 2010 CCC report on The Visibility Project is encouraging, the story told through the data collected by The Adjunct Project is much less so. For our fifth symposium, the North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing would like to respond to calls like Doug Hesse’s, at last year’s symposium, for writing teachers to reach beyond their physical and virtual classrooms to participate in the community of their departments, institutions, and discipline, by exploring how writing teachers build bridges—bridges across classrooms, pedagogies, disciplines, institutions, levels, spheres, genres, media, technologies, modes, languages, cultures, time, etc. Proposals for papers and panels about partnership, collaboration, cross-fertilization, and synergy, as well as about dialogue, debate, translation, framing, and compromise are all welcome.


Related topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborating with colleagues/students/counterparts/administrators/others;
  • Participating in administration and governance;
  • Communicating between departments, colleges, institutions;
  • Building bridges between faculty/instructors/administration;
  • Advocating for programs/students/faculty;
  • Fostering cross-institutional connections;
  • Building K-16 connections;
  • Connecting through service learning and extension;
  • Communicating the work of composition to external stakeholders;
  • Partnering the academic with professional, public with private;
  • Translating the work of composition to the public sphere;
  • Writing across/through/between disciplines;
  • Developing vertical writing curricula;
  • Engaging with alternative pedagogies/approaches/perspectives;
  • Building bridges through/with technology;
  • Transposing and engaging with alternative genres, modes, and media;
  • Connecting within/without the classroom;
  • Developing bridges between classrooms;
  • Building international, trans-lingual, and trans-cultural bridges;
  • Linking texts, pedagogies, problems, moments.


The keynote for this year’s symposium will be Tim Peeples, Professor of English and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Elon University. While at Elon, Peeples has built many bridges on campus, playing a central role in the creation and administration of numerous programs, centers, and initiatives across campus, including Writing Across the Curriculum, the program in Professional Writing and Rhetoric, the Writing Center, the university’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and Elon University’s School of Law. A leader in faculty governance and development, Peeples has also been a key figure in increasing the number of tenure-track faculty at Elon. Before coming to Elon, Peeples served in several administrative roles and taught a range of composition and professional writing courses at Northern Arizona, Purdue University, and West Georgia College. He also developed a summer writing program for first-generation Native American engineering students. Read more about Peeples at:


Specific Guidelines for Submission: Individual paper proposals should be 200-300 words in length. Panel submissions should not total more than 1000 words. Panels will be 75 minutes in length, including Q&A. All sessions will be held in rooms with Internet access and projection capabilities. Please indicate any other technology requirements. We encourage participation from all faculty ranks, and we particularly encourage contingent faculty, K-12 faculty, TYC faculty, and graduate student participation.


The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 19th.



CFP: Tapping Institutional Opportunities (Fall 2012 CarolinasWPA Conference)

Ninth Annual CarolinasWPA Fall 2012 Conference


Tapping Institutional Opportunities


September 17-19, 2012 | Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC (Directions)


*Proposal deadline: Friday, August 24th


Conference Theme and Design – The Carolinas Writing Program Administrators will hold its annual fall gathering at Wildacres Retreat Center with occasion for attendees to reflection on a variety of local priorities, providing possibilities for advancing goals associated with local writing programs. Those local priorities might range from QEPs to program collaborations to strategic planning initiatives to any number of other partnerships. We especially invite proposals that focus on ways that regional WPAs have established partnerships among their writing programs.


We will also offer time at Wildacres for WPAs who are planning to attend SAMLA in November to meet and discuss, so if you are part of a SAMLA panel, please let us know how much time you would like to have for a planning session.


Conference Schedule and Format – The format of the conference will encourage full engagement of participants from a broad variety of institutions and programs. We will mix small, working group discussions with larger presentations about tapping institutional opportunities.


The conference will begin at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 17, and will conclude at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 19.


Featured session leaders to be announced.


Proposals – We invite proposals from individuals or groups from schools across the Carolinas. Each proposal should be no more than 700 words and should contain the following:


Include a description of some local priority that you have as a WPA:

  • Are you presenting as part of the Carolinas SAMLA clusters? If so, what is your focus?
  • Are you working on a QEP, a professional development initiative, or a programmatic collaboration?
  • Are you involved with a strategic planning initiative or a partnership?
  • Can you share any heuristics or programming strategies of interest to other regional WPAs?


Provide the names and contact information (email and phone) for each person affiliated with your proposal. Be sure to title your proposal and submit it via email to Lynne Rhodes ( and Tony Atkins ( by Fri., Aug. 24, 2012.


Titles and authors of accepted proposals will be included on the conference schedule as formal presentations or contributions. We hope this will open up travel funding for all participants. NOTE: You do not need to present to attend the conference, but if presenting will help you secure funding, we hope you will consider submitting a proposal either individually or with some colleagues from your institution.


Registration and Cost – The registration price of $170 includes lodging and 5 meals at Wildacres, as well as all conference materials. Registration will open August 3rd, and registration is due by September 3rd; space is limited, so register early.


Questions or Comments? – Contact Lynne Rhodes at or Tony Atkins at