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WAC Exemplary Award Winner Roundtable

April 5

Join us for an exciting virtual roundtable on Wednesday, April 5th at 3pm Eastern/ 2pm Central/ 1pm Mountain/ 12pm Pacific, featuring Elizabeth Wardle, PhD; Mandy Olejnik, PhD; Aimee Mapes, PhD; and Emily Jo Schwaller, PhD, winners of the 2022 Exemplary WAC 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.

Interested guests can review our individual and institutional membership options before registering. Registration will close Monday, April 3rd at midnight (ET).

Howe Center for Writing Excellence, Miami University, Ohio, Winner of 2022 Exemplary Enduring WAC Program
The Howe Writing Across the Curriculum (HWAC) Program is the teacher-facing program of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence. It supports innovative teaching with and about writing across all colleges and disciplines through a variety of programs. The primary goal of HWAC is to support deep change that is initiated by teams of faculty who transform teaching and learning across their programs and departments. The Howe Faculty Writing Fellows Program is the cornerstone project helping to facilitate this work.  

  • Elizabeth Wardle, PhD, Director: Elizabeth Wardle is Howe Distinguished Professor of Written Communication and Director of the Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University, where she takes primary responsibility for faculty development initiatives. She was previously department chair and director of writing programs at the University of Central Florida. She has co-authored five books about writing instruction and program design and won numerous teaching awards and been recognized for leading two writing programs of excellence.
  • Mandy Olejnik, PhD, Asst. Director: Dr. Mandy Olejnik joined the HCWE staff as a graduate assistant in 2017 and works now as the Assistant Director of Writing Across the Curriculum. Her research centers on graduate student writing support and how writing across the curriculum (WAC) programs can take leading roles in creating meaningful, structural change in systems of graduate writing. At the HCWE, Mandy leads faculty workshops, assists with the Faculty Fellows Program, writes Miami Writing Spotlights, conducts research on HWAC programming, and handles other administrative tasks.

Writing Across Curriculum (WAC) Program in the Rhetoric, Composition, & the Teaching of English program, University of Arizona, Winner of 2022 Exemplary Emerging WAC Program
Writing Across the Curriculum at UArizona represents a coalition of support from three campus units, including the Office of General Education, the Center for Assessment, Technology, and Teaching, and the Writing Program in the department of English. WAC at UArizona centers on supporting student writers in their undergraduate study. Specifically, our goals emphasize sustained support throughout students’ academic literacy experiences in order to (a) sequence student writing opportunities across their academic careers; (b) increase student engagement through meaningful writing; and (c) contribute to student writing proficiency across a wide range of academic and professional contexts. Current campus-wide initiatives provided by WAC programming include the Writing Attribute in General Education courses and a grant-funded project called WAC Faculty Fellows. Both programs focus on evidence-based instructor training in the teaching of writing. Through workshops, faculty learning communities, and individual consultations, the WAC team helps instructors to design effective writing assignments with a backwards alignment of assessment and feedback. Providing a more robust level of support, the WAC Faculty Fellows initiative involves a year-long commitment of instructors, who learn how to promote antiracist writing pedagogy at our Hispanic Serving Institution. Additionally, these fellows receive support through embedded tutors from Think Tank Writing Center.

  • Aimee Mapes, PhD, Director: Aimee Mapes is the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at The University of Arizona and Associate Writing Studies Specialist in the program of Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. Her research interests include literacy theory, composition studies, sociocultural theories of learning, situated identity theories, qualitative methodology, and writing across the curriculum. She has published in Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, AHEAD, CCC, Reflections, and WPA: the Journal of Writing Program Administration. She currently serves as Associate Editor of Writing Studies for Prompt: A Journal of Writing Assignments. Once awarded best freshman teacher of the year, Aimee has taught first-year writing, writing in the disciplines, introduction to qualitative methodology, introduction to research methodology, and rhetorical theory.
  • Emily Jo Schwaller, Assistant Professor of Practice: Emily Jo Schwaller is originally from East Helena, Montana where she comes from a family of teachers from preschool to college. She did her Master’s at NC State in English before coming to UArizona to study for her Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English. Before joining the University Center for Assessment, Teaching, and Technology, she worked in General Education, where she still has the opportunity to collaborate with her wonderful learning partners. Emily Jo’s work focuses on writing and learning, graduate student and future faculty growth, and reflective writing. Her research can be found in Composition Forum, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, Composition Studies, and WPA: Writing Program Administration, where she worked as an Assistant Editor.

Questions? Please contact AWAC Mentoring Committee Co-Chairs Lindsay Clark (ude.ushs@kralcl) and Amy Cicchino (ude.uare@anihccic).


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