The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum and the WAC Clearinghouse are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Exemplary WAC Program Awards. The Exemplary WAC Program Awards series recognizes the extraordinary achievements of WAC directors and/or administrative teams to establish, maintain, and sustain programs that foster and facilitate exemplary engagement with writing across the curriculum at their institution, as well as institutional commitments to support these achievements. Please join us in celebrating the 2022 winning programs in the following categories:
The 2022 Exemplary Emerging WAC Program (1-5 years) is
Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Arizona
Director, Aimee Mapes
The 2022 Exemplary Established WAC Program (6-10 years) is
Writing Across the College, Salt Lake Community College
Director, Tiffany Rousculp
The 2022 Exemplary Enduring WAC Program (11+ years) is
The Howe Writing Across the Curriculum program at Miami University
Director, Elizabeth Wardle
These programs are all doing more than supporting writing across the curriculum; they are making shifts to the culture of writing on their campuses and beyond—having impact at a broad scale. Their applications exemplify the expansive energy that fosters exemplary-ness, and this energy is what we hope these winning programs encourage and inspire among other WAC programs.
You can learn more about the awards program and view profiles for the winning programs (forthcoming) online at https://wac.colostate.edu/
All the best,
Mike Palmquist, WAC Clearinghouse publisher
Doug Hesse, AWAC chair
Save the date!
The 16th International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference
Theme: WAC for Transitions: The Next 50 Years
Date: June 14-17, 2023
Location: Clemson University, Clemson, SC
- Call for Proposals released: July 2022.
- Proposals due: September 2022.
- Registration: January 2023.
- In-person and virtual attendance options.
- Competitive grants are available for part-time and contingent faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students.
For more information: https://pearce.caah.clemson.edu/iwac-2023/
The abhorrent white supremacist killing of ten people in Buffalo, NY, sadly and urgently reminds all of us who teach writing, yet again, about the importance of anti-racist teaching. AWAC mourns the victims and condemns the perpetrator and the white supremacist beliefs that motivated him and that are fueling increases in racial violence across our country. We reaffirm our statement on anti-racist teaching linked here.
Save the date! The upcoming AWAC Business Meeting is open to the entire membership. Join us for updates from the AWAC Executive Committee and all of the AWAC committees and help us set priorities for the coming year.
The meeting will be Tuesday, June 7, 3:30pm to 5pm EDT.
The Zoom link will be sent out/publicized closer to the meeting.
We would love to see you there!
Congratulations to all of our new AWAC board members!
Dear AWAC Members:
The AWAC Executive Committee is very pleased to announce the results of the 2022 AWAC Election.
AWAC welcomes these individuals to the AWAC Executive Board in the following roles:
- Incoming Chair: Justin Rademaekers, Associate Professor of English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Justin has been serving as AWAC secretary for the past three years.
- Secretary: Karen Moroski-Rigney, Associate Director of the Writing Center, Michigan State University. Karen is new to AWAC leadership, and we welcome her to the AWAC Executive Committee. She will serve a three-year term.
- Treasurer: Laurie Britt-Smith, Director of the Center for Writing, College of Holy Cross. Laurie will serve a second three-year term as AWAC treasurer.
- Communication Committee Chair: Chrystal Fodrey, Director of the Writing Program at Moravian University. Chrystal has served on the AWAC Communication Committee since 2020 and will serve a two-year term as Chair.
- WAC Graduate Organization Chair: Barbara Green, Assistant Chair of Composition and Writing Across the Curriculum at Purdue University Global. Barbara is new to the AWAC Executive Board and will serve a one-year term.
We look forward to working with all of our new AWAC board members. The new terms begin July 1, 2022. Congratulations to all!
The AWAC Executive Committee
Ann Blakeslee, Chair
Doug Hesse, Incoming Chair
Stacey Sheriff, Outgoing Chair
Justin Rademaekers, Secretary
Laurie Britt-Smith, Treasurer
Sherri Craig, Member-at-large
Paula Rosinski, Member-at-larger
On behalf of our respective editorial boards, we share the news that the WAC Clearinghouse and the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum have issued the following statement of support for Ukraine.
The WAC Clearinghouse Editorial Board and the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC) Executive Board stand with the board of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW) in expressing solidarity with our colleagues who are affected by the Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, which we recognize as a violation of international laws, an attack on human rights, and a threat to civilized society. We also stand in solidarity with our colleagues at institutions of higher education in Russia whose rights and freedom have been threatened by their government for speaking out against this unjust war.
The boards of the WAC Clearinghouse and AWAC also join EATAW in pledging our help and support to our Ukrainian colleagues who are directly impacted by this unprovoked violence. This may include virtual consulting and class visits, scholarly resources, and support for the development and publication of anthologies as work is undertaken to rebuild and strengthen educational programs and institutions. Together, we express our strong collective desire for an end to this conflict and the preservation of Ukraine’s independence.
We encourage other professional organizations in writing studies to join us in extending support for our colleagues in Ukraine and Russia and seeking a peaceful resolution to this conflict.
Mike Palmquist, Publisher, The WAC Clearinghouse
Professor of English
Colorado State University
Ann Blakeslee, Chair, Association for Writing Across the Curriculum – on behalf of the AWAC Executive Board
Professor of English
Eastern Michigan University
A new website has been launched for the Exemplary WAC Program Awards!
Purpose and Overview of Awards
Three Exemplary WAC Program awards will be issued each award cycle, corresponding with the years dedicated to program building as specified below. This structure affirms that excellence occurs at all levels and honoring this excellence at different stages is important to advance writing across the curriculum at individual institutions as well as more generally as a field. Accordingly, the Exemplary WAC Program Awards series recognizes the extraordinary achievements of WAC directors and/or administrative teams to establish, maintain, and sustain programs that foster and facilitate exemplary engagement with writing across the curriculum at their institution, as well as institutional commitments to support these achievements. Such recognition can help programs build their reputations within their institutions, maintain and enhance their funding, and create momentum for writing across the curriculum. Award-winning programs will be recognized at IWAC, profiled on the WAC Clearinghouse and AWAC websites, and invited to host an AWAC workshop during the upcoming academic year. In this way, the Awards series also aims to support fledgling and future programs by identifying models and establishing a new venue for mentorship. The Awards series is sponsored by the WAC Clearinghouse and the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum.
Award for Exemplary Emerging WAC Program (1-5 years)
Award for Exemplary Established WAC Program (6-10 years)
Award for Exemplary Enduring WAC Program (11+ years)
Access more information at the website here:
The official call for nominations is expected within the next few days.
Congratulations to the following new members of the AWAC Executive Board:
Incoming Chair, Executive Committee
Doug Hesse, University of Denver
(chairs rotate through 1-year terms as Incoming, Current, and Outgoing chair)
Members-at-Large (2-year term)
Sherri Craig, Westchester University
Paula Rosinski, Elon University
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair (2-year term)
Co-Chairs Swan Kim | LaKeisha McClary (Confirmed)
International Collaborations Committee Chair (2-year term)
Co-Chairs Chris Anson | Federico Navarro (Confirmed)
Mentoring Committee Chair (2-year term)
Co-Chairs Amy Cicchino | Lindsay Clark (Confirmed)
Research and Publications Committee Chair (2-year term)
Co-Chairs Heather Falconer |Chris Basgier (Confirmed)
WAC Graduate Organization AWAC Committee Chair (1-year term)
Mandy Olejnik, Miami University of Ohio (Confirmed)
WAC Summer Institute Committee Chair (2-year term)
Alisa Russell, Wake Forest University (Confirmed)
Partnerships Committee Chair (2-year term)
Brad Jacobsen, University of Texas El Paso (Confirmed)
Note: Board Members assume their roles on July 1, 2021.
Ballot Question #1: Approved.
The following italicized text shall be added to bylaw 5.03 Terms:
4. Chairs of standing committees shall serve two-year terms. The WAC-GO AWAC Committee chair is an exception; this chair shall serve a one-year term.