Mission

The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC) brings together the intellectual, human, political, and economic capital of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) community to better support and grow WAC as a global intellectual and pedagogical movement.

AWAC promotes initiatives that support students’ writing across their academic careers, faculty development related to student writing and writing pedagogy, and research into writing across domains (e.g. disciplines, professions, communities, and academic levels) and transnationally.

Values

  • Writing as a powerful mode of learning, inquiry, and communication
  • Writing as integrally connected to reading, oral communication, and visual communication
  • WAC as a coordinated effort to transform the culture of writing across academic contexts rather than as a quick fix to the perceived “problem of student writing”
  • WAC’s rich intellectual and pedagogical traditions and scholarly contributions
  • An expansive vision of WAC as writing to learn, engage, and communicate within and across disciplines, in programs such as Writing in the Disciplines, Communication Across the Curriculum, Writing-Enriched Curriculum, and related efforts worldwide
  • An inclusive vision of WAC that welcomes broad participation from diverse peoples, institutions, and organizations
  • Equity and resources for stakeholders across all levels (i.e. students, faculty, program administrators, units)
  • Collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and writing-related organizations in ways that respect differences in local knowledge and practices
  • A strong research-base for WAC practices, drawing from diverse methodologies and data from across the disciplines
  • Sustainable development of individual programs and the field as a whole

Goals

  • Formalizing connections among the different WAC and other writing-related organizations to reach mutual goals
  • Promoting the dissemination and publication of scholarly work on WAC
  • Sponsoring research on WAC issues
  • Supporting communication among the diverse stakeholders–teachers, students, administrators–engaged in WAC research, teaching, and learning
  • Supporting existing mentorship opportunities related to WAC practices, program development, and research through coordination with related organizations as well as development of new mentorship initiatives
  • Advocating for students, faculty, staff, and administrators through resolutions, statements, and studies on issues of importance to WAC programs
  • Promoting the visibility and impact of WAC in the public sphere