Meeting in the Middle 2013 Agenda

Seventh Annual Meeting in the Middle

Friday, February 22, 2013

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

UNC Charlotte Center City Building, Room 905-906
320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Theme:  Advocacy in Composition Studies


Invited Speaker


Amanda Wray
UNC Asheville

Dr. Wray teaches courses in “History of the English Language and the Teaching of Writing” (linguistics and writing pedagogy for teaching licensure students earning a literature or creative writing degree), “Foundations of Academic Writing” (first year writing), “Professional Writing,” creative nonfiction workshops, as well as social activism rhetorics and literature. In all the courses she teaches, students can expect to talk and think critically about intersecting structures of oppression including racism, homophobia, sexism, and classism.


Conference Agenda

  • 9:30 am:  Meet and Greet (coffee and pastry)
  • 10:00 am:  Welcome/ Agenda/Announcements
  • 10:15am:  Dr. Amanda Wray Featured Presentation, UNC Asheville
    Storytelling as Advocacy Work: A Critical Dialogue Project”
  • 11:30 am:  Marsha Lee Baker, Western Carolina University
    “Advocacy in Public Policy about Guns in Schools”
  • 12:00 pm:  In-house Luncheon (room 906)            (Board Meeting)
  • 1:00 pm:  Wendy Sharer, Michelle Eble, and Tracy Morse, East Carolina University
    “Advocating for Local Change: Improving Writing and Writing Instruction”
  • 2:00 pm:   Jan Rieman, Tonya Wertz-Orbaugh, Debarati Dutta, and Beth Caruso, UNC Charlotte
    “The Advocacy Role that WPAs play in Preserving Intellectual Rigor”
  • 3:00 pm:  Closing remarks/Announcements



There is no charge for people that have a main campus hangtag but it is $5 each for cars without one. Folks who are not from UNCC can just park in the lot (but not use the permit) at 11th and Brevard.  Attendees will need to park in a numbered spot and pay $5 cash in the corresponding number at the pay box in the lot. Click here to view a parking map.