Meeting in the Middle Conference Agenda

February 18th, Cone Center (Rooms 208 and 210), University of North Carolina – Charlotte

9:00: Coffee

9:30am: Peter Felten (Elon University)

11:00am: Poster Presentation Set-up

11:30am: In-house Luncheon

12:30pm: Poster Visitation and informal research discussions

Megan Hodgson & Tony Atkins (UNC Wilmington)
“Plagiarism 101: UNC System Schools and How we Enforce Plagiarism Policies”

Diana Ashe (UNC Wilmington)
“Real-Time Grading: A Tool for Engaging Millennial Writers.”

Jessie Moore and Paula Patch (Elon University)
“First-Year Digital Literacies: Teaching and Researching Technology-Enriched Innovations”

Nancy Barendse (Charleston Southern University)
“Using a Computer to Assess Revision”

2:00pm: Laura Cruz (Western Carolina University)

3:30pm: Closing remarks

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Peter Felten and Laura Cruz to speak at Meeting in the Middle

Carolinas WPA is pleased to announce that Peter Felten (Elon University) and Laura Cruz (Western Carolina University) will be featured speakers at the 2011 Meeting in the Middle.

Peter Felten is assistant provost, director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and associate professor of history, at Elon University. He has published widely on engaged learning and the scholarship of teaching, and he is on the editorial boards of the International Journal for Academic Development and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Peter is president (2010-2011) of the POD Network, an international association for teaching and learning centers in higher education, and he will co-present a plenary address (“Is SoTL good for faculty professional development?”) at the 2011 conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. His recent research focuses on how students learn and develop in college, and on the possibilities of student-faculty partnerships in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Laura Cruz is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the Coulter Faculty Commons at Western Carolina University. In addition to her work in history, she has research interests/publications in the Boyer model of scholarship, the integration of technology and pedagogy, institutional subcultures, and graduate student development. She continues to serve as the editor-in-chief of MountainRise, one of the longest-standing SoTL journals.

The full Meeting in the Middle schedule will be posted soon.

Meeting in the Middle: Directions, Hotels, and Parking

We hope to see you at Meeting in the Middle on February 18th. Here are some resources to help you with your travel plans:

The parking garage adjacent to Cone Center has a Visitor Parking Deck has a visitor parking deck; the fee is $1/hr ($8 max/day).

Meeting in the Middle: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

WHO:           Carolinas WPA (CWPA)

WHAT:         Meeting in the Middle (one-day conference)

WHERE:       UNC Charlotte (Cone Center: Rooms 208 and 210) – Get Directions

WHEN:         18 February 2011 from 9:30am-4:00pm

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

“The scholarship of teaching and learning involves systematic study of teaching and/or learning and the public sharing and review of such work through presentations or publications.”

-Kathleen McKinney, Cross Endowed Chair in the Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, Illinois State University

The afternoon session of the CWPA “Meeting in the Middle,” our annual one-day event in Charlotte, will provide a venue for sharing our work on the scholarship of teaching and learning with our colleagues from North and South Carolina. We invite proposals for poster presentation that contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning. Posters might, for instance focus on classroom-based research projects that you have done or that you plan to do, or they might focus on how research, whether classroom-based or not, can inform and enrich teaching practices.  Graduate students and faculty from all ranks are welcome to join us.

Please bring your own easel or way or displaying your poster.

Conference Description

Morning Session (9:30am): Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Panel A
The morning session will feature specialists in the scholarship of teaching and learning from North and/or South Carolina universities.

Poster Set-up (11:00-11:30pm)

In-house Luncheon (11:30am-12:30pm)

Afternoon Session I (12:30pm)

Poster Presentations
Posters accepted will be displayed in the afternoon. Authors and attendees will be encouraged to roam the room and chat/discuss with presenters about their specific research projects on teaching and learning.

Afternoon Session II (2:00pm)

Panel B
The afternoon session will feature specialists in the scholarship of teaching and learning from North and/or South Carolina universities.

Closing Session (3:30 pm)

To increase CWPA visibilityBring a Friend for Free.  However, you must register your friend when you register. Registration is only $25.

We know we are cutting our deadlines close, so if you intend to participate (submit a poster), please send an email directly to Tony Atkins ( indicating the title of your poster, a brief explanation of the topic, the names of those who will be presenting the poster with you, and the name of your institution/s.  Please send your proposal by Friday, February 4.

Survey: 2011 Carolinas WPA Conference Topics

The Carolinas WPA Board is planning next year’s conferences and would appreciate your input on potential conference topics. Please visit to rank the topics brainstormed at the 2010 Carolinas WPA Fall Conference – or to suggest additional ideas.

Please complete this short survey by Monday, October 4th. Thank you!

CFP: North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing

North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing
Shifting Platforms: New Media, Emerging Literacies, and the Writing Teacher

February 4-5, 2011
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

The North Carolina Symposium on Teaching Writing is interested in facilitating discussions focusing on how best to navigate and respond to the continued emergence of new media technologies and resultant literacies. As scholars and educators, we must continue to reconsider the role these new media and literacies play in our students’ lives and writing classrooms. More than ever before, students continue to face profound changes in their literacy journeys from the beginning of their education to its culmination. With these changes educators are faced with a new set of opportunities and challenges. Given that reality, the symposium organizers welcome proposals for panels and papers on a variety of topics; those addressing any of the concerns above will be given special consideration.

Related topics include (but are not limited to):
* Defining new literacies and new media
* Influences of new media on student writing and literacies
* Negotiating professional development and learning in regard to evolving and emerging media
* Instructor education and integration of web logs (blogs), wikis, message boards, etc. in classroom environments
* Assessment of student writing from different multimedia platforms
* Using multimedia rhetoric
* Altered approaches to composition practices in an online, networked environment including multimedia or multimodal friendly platforms
* Emergent opportunities for and negotiation of collaborative writing
* Resultant connections between information technologies and plagiarism
* Intersection of authors: defining intellectual property in an age of information
* Curricular transfer: application and efficacy of composition strategies from high school writing environments to community colleges and universities
* Fostering critical awareness regarding composition’s changing relationship with new media

The keynote speaker for this year’s symposium will be Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. Professor Lunsford has served as Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chair of the Modern Language Association Division of Writing, and as a member of the MLA Executive Council. She has written or coauthored eighteen books, including Writing Matters: Rhetoric in Public and Private Lives; The Everyday Writer; Everything’s An Argument; and Reclaiming Rhetorica: Women in the Rhetorical Tradition, as well as numerous chapters and articles related to composition and rhetoric.

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, and graduate student participation.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 1st.

Submit proposals as a Microsoft Word compatible attachment (.doc or .docx) or PDF to:Bridget Cooper (