Call for Proposals to Host the 2021 WAC Summer Institute

The Association of Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC) invites proposals to host the third annual WAC Summer Institute, to take place in the summer of 2021. 

The WACSI is a three-day event intended to help new and prospective leaders strengthen their WAC/WID programs or similar initiatives in the US and internationally, but it is also aimed at supporting more experienced directors who may be facing new challenges or who are seeking to revitalize their programs. 

The Local Host has the opportunity of welcoming the ~35 WACSI participants and facilitators to their campus and city for the event. Responsibilities include serving as the primary contact for the local site and managing site logistics and budgets (rooms, technology, food, dorms, etc.).

Additional details about the WACSI and the proposal process can be found here

Deadline for proposal submission: December 31, 2019
Acceptance notification: March 1, 2020
Planning meetings begin: June 15, 2020 

Email AWACSummerInstitute@gmail.com with any questions. We forward to receiving your proposals! 

AWAC Board of Consultants Application

The AWAC Mentoring Committee is forming an AWAC Board of Consultants. The goal of an AWAC Board of Consultants is to provide a support system and external feedback for WAC directors, for institutions seeking to form WAC programs, and for faculty across disciplines seeking help with faculty development for teaching with writing. To submit an application to become a member of the Board of Consultants, complete the online form at tinyurl.com/AWAC-Consultants by October 1st. Consultants must be AWAC members.

CFP: IWAC 2020

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2020 International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. The conference will be held June 3rd through 6th at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

This conference marks the 50th anniversary of the first WAC seminar, which was led by Barbara Walvoord at Central College in the 1969-1970 academic year. We look forward to marking this important anniversary with sessions that address the broad categories of celebrating successes, recognizing challenges, offering critique, and advancing innovation. We seek your help in creating a rich set of presentations, roundtables, workshops, and teaching demonstrations and hope that you will consider spending time with us in the foothills of the beautiful (especially in June) Rocky Mountains. 

And the best news: AWAC members receive a $35 discount on conference registration!

You can learn more about the conference at https://iwac.colostate.edu. You can submit proposals at https://proposals.colostate.edu. The deadline for proposals is Monday evening, October 14th, 2019. 

CFP: Conference on Writing Education Across Borders

Posted on behalf of Xiaoye You. The deadline for proposals has been extended to May 10. The conference organizers are interested in having more proposals from WAC/WID scholars.

Conference on Writing Education across Borders, 2019
Days Inn Penn State, State College, PA
September 27-28, 2019

Writing Education and the Resurgence of Nationalism

Around the globe, isolationist/populist/anti-immigrant national rhetorics and policies are on the rise, as can be seen in recent highly publicized and controversial events – Brexit, the Hungarian election, backlash against Syrian migrants. In the U.S. in particular, such nationalism has resulted in violent family separations and the use of force against migrants at the border. The effects of xenophobic ideologies have also been felt within academia: US-based transnational faculty and students have been caught up in immigration bans, undocumented students face deportation, and future international student visas are increasingly uncertain. At this moment, writing faculty have an opportunity to support their transnational students and colleagues, as well as shift their pedagogy to cultivate cosmopolitan attitudes which may, in effect, counter these broader xenophobic ideologies and enable students, international and domestic, to work across not only national and political borders, but also social, racial, economic, religious, and linguistic ones.

In this conference, we will explore what it means for us as writing teachers, as program administrators, and as university citizens to teach in an era of isolationism. Participants might address the challenges of teaching writing in xenophobic conditions, reflect on the ways that national political environments in diverse contexts are shaping writing education (transnational or not), and share methods for creating partnerships to counter xenophobia and nationalism.  We invite proposals on any area of writing education across borders, particularly proposals which grapple with questions such as the following:

  • How have isolationist political actions impacted our students, our institutions, our pedagogy and/or our writing curricula?
  • How are international educational partnerships created, sustained, utilized and developed? What political, ethical, and/or practical challenges arise in the administration of such partnerships?
  • In the past, how have isolationist rhetorics or actions impacted writing education?
  • How can we as writing educators be more active and visible in our institutions’ efforts to work against xenophobia?
  • In an isolationist era, how can composition teachers and scholars promote teaching that fosters open-minded and cosmopolitan attitudes?

Proposal submission:
Please submit proposals (250 words) here. Proposals are due on May 10, 2019.

Questions regarding proposals and the conference should be sent to: Xiaoye You, 410 Burrowes Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA   Email: xuy10@psu.edu


Zoom into the AWAC Business Meeting on March 16

AWAC will hold its first business meeting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication on Saturday, March 16, from 8:00-9:15 am EST. At this meeting, the officers will provide updates on the organization and committee chairs will lead small group discussions.

Remote access to the meeting will be available through Zoom. To be added to the list of Zoom participants, click here.

This meeting is open to AWAC members as well as those who wish to learn more about AWAC.

WAC Sessions and Events at CCCC 2019

Are you planning to attend the Conference on College Composition and Communication (Pittsburgh, March 13-16, 2019). If so, check out this handy guide to WAC-related sessions and events assembled by The Writing Across the Curriculum Graduate Organization (WAC-GO).

AWAC Business Meeting at CCCC

All are welcome to attend the AWAC Business Meeting at CCCC. This meeting will be held Saturday, March 16, from 8:00-9:15 am (EST) in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, room 406.

At this meeting, the Executive Committee will provide updates on the organization and the AWAC Committee Chairs will facilitate discussions about AWAC activities and goals.

We hope to see you there!

Join an AWAC Committee!

Through AWAC Committees, AWAC Members can help to create opportunities for other members, participate in conversations about the potential roles of AWAC, and network with other AWAC members. Join an AWAC Committee to take a leading role in shaping this new professional organization!

The following AWAC Committees are seeking members:

Sign up for a committee today!

AWAC Members receive discount on Quinnipiac University’s 7th Biennial Critical Thinking and Writing Conference

AWAC members receive a $25 discount on both the early bird and regular conference registration rates for the 2019 Biennial Critical Thinking and Writing Conference hosted by Quinnipiac University. This conference will be held June 17-19, 2019, in Hamden, CT. Keynote speakers include Vershawn Ashanti Young/dr. vay, University of Waterloo, and Dr. Shirin Vossoughi, Northwestern University.

Deadline for Proposals: Sunday, February 24, 2019

Read the full call and conference details here: https://quwactconference.colostate.edu/

Call for submissions to The Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media

The Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Issues and Media examines issues that are relevant across global contexts, though they may be uniquely identified and experienced by individuals and groups. The on-line journal publishes a wide range of media/texts showcasing different perspectives and ideas. Each contribution provides a more novel and holistic understanding of an issue that otherwise could not be gained through one medium. Both traditional and nontraditional media will be represented:

  • Essays, opinion and nonfiction texts, including research
  • Short and flash fiction, poetry
  • Radio/podcasts, music, soundscapes
  • Art, film, infographic, photography

Our goal is to provide a forum for creative and informative perspectives that educate, compel, and move. The journal is open to all undergraduates in any field.

We request submissions that are mindful and provocative. They do not have to be completed drafts but can be drafts that could use an editorial eye. In other words, we are happy to work with those who submit to bring their contribution to fruition. The issue for our next volume is “IDENTITY,” a purposefully broad term that invites speculation, commentary, and claims about:

Language

Community

Self-Perception

Personhood

Strength

Stigmas

Power

Place

Our deadline is flexible in that submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with a final deadline of January 15thof every year (due to the editorial process). MP3 for sound; MP4 for filmic; jpg for photography; and we have no required fonts/sizes for creative texts, but please use Arial 12-pt for traditional texts. Submissions should be sent to: undergraduatejournal@utah.edu. Submissions will be blind peer-reviewed. Our first issue of the digital journal will be available on WorldCat November 30, 2018.

Note:  Please make sure to complete the Institutional Review Board Process at your institution or receive signed permissions from your participants if doing research with people. Also, be mindful of copyright when using photographs or other work from the internet or social media.

For more information, contact: Maureen Mathison (Maureen.mathison@utah.edu)