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