The Mentoring Committee is excited to announce our first fall virtual workshop, “Turning the Page: Notes Towards Mindfulness, Motivation, and Meaningful Work at HBCU Writing Centers and Programs,” Friday, September 30th at 12 p.m. U.S. Eastern/11 a.m. U.S. Central/ 10 a.m. U.S. Mountain/ 9 a.m. U.S. Pacific, presented by Dr. Kendra Mitchell, Dr. Robert Randolph, Jr., and Amber Lunderman.
Drawing upon their award-winning 2018 International Writing Center Association keynote address, the presenters will discuss the strategies and techniques they employ in their writing programs to promote mindfulness, motivation, and meaningful work at HBCUs. They are exploring this meaningful work of mindful motivation in the HBCU writing centers as makerspaces. First, they will talk about practical mindfulness techniques that help to decrease anxiety, track intentionality, and promote reflection. Then, they will discuss the intersections of African American Language (AAL) and Edited American English (EAE) to provide students with a sense of agency and motivation. Lastly, they will speak about how writing ecologies, including writing centers, help promote a sense of meaningful work that extends beyond writing assignments.
For more information and to register, visit the Events page on the AWAC website.
Kendra Mitchell (she/her), is Director of Composition at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she has taught composition, literature, and historical linguistics. She serves as an Executive Committee member for NCTE and was also appointed to the NCTE Committee for Change, a social justice-driven committee. Her research interests include the intersections of translanguaging, writing center studies, and Black ways of knowing. Dr. Mitchell’s writing center scholarship can be found in the Writing Center Journal, Praxis Journal, and several book collections. Her current scholarship includes mapping geospatial, social, and multimodal circulation of Black identities and culture at/as HBCUs found in her forthcoming co-edited special issue in the Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics, Transdisciplinarity @HBCUs: (Re)Writing Black Futures beyond the Margins, and her forthcoming HBCU writing center co-edited collection, Makin’ A Way Outta No Way: HBCUs, Writing Centers, & Antiracism.
Robert Randolph, Jr., PhD (he/him), is Director of The Writing Center at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. His research and teaching interests include 20th- and 21st-century African American literature and cultural production, socio-cultural foundations of education, and Black feminist and queer rhetorics and pedagogies. His notable publications include “The Queer Poetics of Social Justice: Literacy, Affect(ion), and the Critical Pedagogical Imperative” and “Shifting the Talk: Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Feminism at HBCUs.”
Amber Lunderman (she/hers) is a Fall 2021 graduate of Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in English. She currently works as a tutor in the FAMU Writing Resource Center and as a Marketing Assistant for Anhinga Press in Tallahassee. During her senior year, Amber was a student editor for FAMU’s literary Journal, CaKe, an experience which inspired her to want to pursue a post-graduate degree in Publishing. She will be attending Rosemont College in spring of 2023 where she will be on a quest to obtain a double degree in Publishing and Creative Writing. Amber is a lover of fantasy, sci-fi, magical realism, and historical fiction.
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