Board Election Results – 2015

Please join me in congratulating our new Executive Board members:

At-Large Position: South Carolina Representative

Kevin Brock,  University of South Carolina

At-Large Position: North Carolina Representative

Robin Snead, University of North Carolina, Pembroke

Thank you to all who were willing to serve in these positions. And, a special thank you for their service to Carolinas WPA to Chris Warnick and Paula Patch who will be moving off the board.

Happy Holidays!

Tracy Ann Morse, PhD

President, CarolinasWPA

Carolinas WPA Highlighted on Inside Higher Ed

by Jordan Stanley

Last month, the Carolinas WPA conference was featured in an article written by Jon Warner for Inside Higher Ed. Not only is the feature on the website a testament to Carolinas WPA’s growing impact on higher education discussions, but Warner’s commentary on his own keynote address also speaks to the meaningful value of the conference.

Warner’s address was entitled Who Are We? What Do We Do? How Do We Do It?: The Laborers and Labor of the Composition Classroom.This includes the three themes he uses to encapsulate his experience at the conference. Beyond his academic takeaways, Warner’s deepest impression was that of professional uplift, provided to him through relating to the 35 other writing administrators on matters of “overworked and underpaid” contingency.

In his article, Warner describes the bounty of lessons that he drew from his peers. Warner writes that the first institutionalized problem is who writing program administrators are. As represented at the conference, many – if not a majority of – first-year writing faculty are women, and because of this, those courses are under sourced and consigned as what Warner calls “women’s work.”

These courses are further devalued, then, because what writing program administrators teach is unknown to colleagues outside of the discipline. Warner writes that although communication skills are claimed to be valued, institutions can view composition classes as a “logistical” precursor rather than an academic building block. This relegated importance consequently determines how writing program administrators work: overcompensating and self-sacrificing, despite lacking resources, to best serve their students.

Warner’s full article “Overworked and Underpaid: The Labor and Laborers of the Writing Classroom” may be read here, on the Inside Higher Ed website.


Jordan Stanley is a junior at Elon University with majors in Professional Writing and Rhetoric and Creative Writing, as well as a minor in Communications. She also works for the Elon Writing Center and as a Writing Fellow.

Election Results

Dear All,


I am writing to say thank you to everyone who voted on the constitution. The Carolinas WPA now has a solid constitution in place. Thank you, again!


Now would be a good time to remind everyone that my term as president of the organization is over on January 1, 2015. We have a great colleague, friend, scholar, and leader in Tracy Morse, the Director of Composition at ECU, ready to take over. The organization will be in good hands, and she will be an excellent president of our organization. As president-elect, she has been a strong and productive voice and I am both confident and pleased that Tracy will be our new president of the Carolinas WPA effective January 1, 2015.


I am excited to continue to work with Tracy on the board as I will remain on the executive board serving in an “immediate-past president” role.


Thanks to everyone who nominated such wonderful people for these open positions. Thanks, too, to those who so graciously were willing to sacrifice their time and serve in these very important roles on our executive board. Finally, thanks to all who voted in the election.


With that, congratulations to all of the newly elected board members! Your new board members and their positions are listed below.

  • President-Elect: Collie Fulford (NCCU)
  • North Carolina At-Large Member: Dana Gierdowski (Elon University)
  • South Carolina At Large Member: Rachel Spear (Francis Marion University



To remember the duties and expectations of these and all board member positions please see the Carolinas WPA website:


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Anthony T. Atkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of English

UNC Wilmington

CarolinasWPA Constitution

The CarolinasWPA Board has developed and endorsed a constitution in order to maintain in good standing as an affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Members will vote to ratify the constitution in November 2014. To read the proposed constitution, visit:

The proposed constitution largely reflects practices followed (and fine-tuned) by the organization since its founding in 2003.

If you have any questions about the proposed constitution, please contact a Board Member or current President, Tony Atkins.