Registration and CFP for the 2023 Meeting in the Middle is now available!

Our 17th Annual Meeting in the Middle will take place in person from at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2023. Please see the CFP below for more information. You can register and submit a proposal to present using this Google Form and submit a payment by visiting this website and selecting the “BOGO” option. Registration is $30 and, as in years past, this is a “Buy One/Get One” cost, covering two persons’ conference registration and membership in Carolinas WPA.

When: March 3, 2023, 10:00am EST (full schedule to come)

Where: UNC Charlotte, Center City Campus 320 E 9th St., Charlotte, NC 28202

We are beyond thrilled to announce that this year’s Carolinas WPA Meeting in the Middle Conference will be held in person! We return to UNCC’s beautiful uptown campus in Charlotte, and we invite you to join us (CFP details below). Our keynote speaker this year is Kevin Gannon. 

About our keynote speaker: Kevin Gannon is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence and Professor of History at Queens University Of Charlotte, in North Carolina. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, published in April, 2020, as part of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series from West Virginia University press. He is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, and his work has appeared in outlets such as VoxCNN, and The Washington Post. In 2016, he appeared in the Oscar-nominated documentary 13th, directed by Ava DuVernay. You can find Kevin online at his blog,, and on Twitter: @TheTattoedProf

Keynote Presentation:  “Sustaining Communities of Hope”

It might seem perverse to talk about something like “Sustaining Communities of Hope” in our current context, shaped as it is by racism, violence, economic dislocation, political rancor, and—oh, by the way—a global pandemic. In higher education, we find ourselves in an environment of crisis, in teaching and learning spaces that are unfamiliar to many of us and significantly more difficult for all of us. This session WILL NOT talk about “silver linings” or “making the most of the new normal.” In fact, one of the crucial elements of acting with hope is an honest acknowledgement that “normal times” were unsatisfactory and unsustainable. The session will, however, offer some avenues to ground our pedagogy in an ethic of hope, as opposed to a program dictated by fear. In doing so, this session will also critically interrogate the current fascination with “innovation” in higher ed, and think about ways to reclaim that discussion for meaningful, sustainable teaching and learning. 

Conference Theme: In the pandemic, we reached for technology to help us adapt to the new landscapes of learning as classes went from an embodied experience in a classroom to modalities that embraced both synchronous and asynchronous online spaces. We hi-flexed, we hybrid-ed, we pivoted so, so many times! With that memory still very fresh in our minds, we introduce you to this year’s conference theme:

Beyond Resilience: Moving from Reactive to Sustainable Spaces 

How do we process our experiences of the last two years and use what we learned to create sustainable teaching practices?

The global pandemic created such upheaval in academia, and institutions everywhere scrambled to react to unprecedented times. Faculty and staff embraced new technologies, proving we can learn new tricks. But this was all done in reactive space–adjusting the ship to traverse the uncharted waters we found ourselves navigating. It seems we’ve docked on dry land now, after three years braving the wilds. Only now are we reckoning with the collective and individual trauma of the last three years. In processing what we’ve come through, we have an opportunity to consider what kind of learning spaces we want to usher in. We have an opportunity to reframe innovation, think less about the fancy tools we want to use, and focus on ways to bolster sustainability in our programs and courses. How do we take the lessons learned from the pandemic and develop teaching strategies that can weather future storms?

Carolinas WPA welcomes proposals that address this topic, share ideas, insights, reflections that inspire us to process, to move away from reactive spaces into sustainable landscapes. How do you reconsider technology and innovation? What strategies position us to deliver quality instruction regardless of external factors?

We welcome proposals for traditional presentations, where presenters share pedagogies, ideas, experiences from the field. These individual or group/panel presentations are slated for 45-60 minutes total.

Returning this year will be roundtable discussion proposals–you might not have material to present in a traditional sense, but you might be interested in leading, or at least starting, a conversation about a particular issue relating to this question. We’re planning to organize the day based on conceptual groupings for discussion.

To help with considerations for potential discussion concerns, we’ve provided a few broad topics/ideas, but you’re more than welcome to suggest your own. Roundtable discussions are expected to run for roughly 45-60 minutes. 

  •  “How do I leverage technologies used during online modalities now that we’re back in person?”
  • “I’d like to learn what HIPs (High Impact Practices)  others are seeing success with.” 
  • “I’ve made the switch to upgrading, but hitting some road bumps. . I’d love to talk shop with others and trade strategies.” 

Deadline: 11:59pm, Feb. 10th, 2023

We are excited to offer BOGO registration this year for all participants: $30 for two attendees: the registration fee for the paying applicant also covers the cost of annual membership dues for both attendees. To register for the conference, please complete this form AND THEN visit the following page, where you can select the “BOGO” registration for a pair of registrants: (If you are registering more than two persons, please be sure to submit a BOGO payment for each pair of registrants.)

Want to bring a TA or graduate student? We might have funds to offset or waive the registration fee. Please email to inquire about this offer. 

More information about the event and the Carolinas WPA organization can be found at; Questions about the event can be sent to Shawn Bowers at Questions about registration/payment specifically can be sent to Patrick Bahls at