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February 2020

Closing the Assessment Loop: WAC Assessment Options and Strategies

February 21, 2020
The Young Man Writing
This virtual workshop offers descriptions of several WAC assessment practices that have been used successfully by two well-established WAC programs to “close the loop” for writing assessment. The presenters will speak for 30 minutes and leave 30 minutes for discussions and questions. Over the course of the discussion, other assessment models will be identified and pros and cons of each introduced. Find out more »

April 2020

Strategies for Online WAC Faculty Development

April 17, 2020
Young Student Watching Lesson
This virtual workshop was offered on April 17th, 2020 by the AWAC Mentoring Committee and the CCCC WAC Standing Group and was led by Christopher Basgier (Auburn University), Amy Cicchino (Auburn University), and Susanmarie Harrington (University of Vermont). Many WAC administrators are moving faculty development experiences online during the COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual workshop focused on strategies for supporting faculty remotely, with a particular emphasis on extended faculty development experiences such as WAC workshop series. Find out more »

May 2020

Designing and Using Writing-to-Learn Assignments

May 7, 2020
pretty female college student
This virtual workshop was offered on May 7th, 2020 by the AWAC Mentoring Committee and was led by Marty Townsend (University of Missouri Emerita) and Chris Anson (North Carolina State University). The relationship between writing and learning has been a fundamental part of the WAC movement from its beginnings. When students write frequently and informally about the material of their courses, they experience deeper learning—stronger analysis, synthesis, and integration of ideas—and enhanced reading processes (Graham & Hebert, 2010). And when this low-stakes writing is woven into the fabric of their courses, class sessions can be more engaging and socially dynamic. In this interactive workshop, Marty Townsend and Chris Anson explained the theoretical orientation of writing to learn, including distinctions between writing to learn and more formal, higher-stakes writing, and then engaged participants in methods for designing and evaluating effective, learning-based writing assignments and integrating them into their courses to enhance student engagement. Find out more »

September 2020

Responding to Writing

September 17, 2020
High School Or College Student
This virtual workshop was offered on September 17, 2020 by the AWAC Mentoring Committee and was led by Pam Childers (McCallie School), Kelli Cargile Cook (Texas Tech University), and Chris Thaiss (University of California, Davis). In this workshop, Pam, Kelli, and Chris focused on sequenced response and peer review, response to the expressed needs of writers, connections between purpose and audience for both writer and respondent, and features of responding to writing in online environments. Find out more »

November 2020

Keeping WAC Programs Afloat

November 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jeff Galin speaking
As Chris Thaiss and Tara Porter wrote a decade ago, more than half of the 418 WAC programs that they studied either failed or were significantly reconstituted (2010, p. 558). Recent pressures due to budget cuts, the effects of Covid-19, and rapidly shifting priorities in higher education have further threatened the sustainability of WAC programs at the same time as these challenges have highlighted their importance. This workshop will examine ways to keep WAC programs thriving, including the formulation of strategic plans with stakeholder input, aligning program goals with campus priorities, using SWOT analyses to mitigate external threats with internal strengths, and the ability to be flexible in order to meet changing campus needs. Find out more »

April 2021

Virtual Workshop on WAC Pedagogy, Equity, and Antiracism

April 1 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom United States
Application View Of Multiracia
AWAC members are invited to attend the next virtual workshop in the WAC pedagogy series. Please register for the event here. Register by 5:00 ET on March 30th. (Zoom link will be sent to participants before the event.) Questions? Please contact AWAC Mentoring Committee member Joanna Johnson at jsjohnson@miami.edu. Workshop Session Descriptions 1. Conformity or Equity?: Designing WAC Assignments to Promote Equity in the Curriculum Presenter:  Teresa Redd, former director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Center for Excellence in… Find out more »

CCCC WAC Standing Group/AWAC Mentoring Committee Joint Meeting

April 16 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Man Working From Home
Please join the CCCC WAC Standing Group and the AWAC Mentoring Committee for a joint business meeting and mentoring breakout sessions on Friday, April 16th at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. We’ll also be joined by WAC-GO, who will give a brief presentation on opportunities with their organization. To register for the meeting, please fill out this form by Thursday, April 15th. We will circulate a Zoom link to registered participants the morning of the meeting. The form also invites you… Find out more »

May 2021

Researching Reading and Writing in Latin America

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Zoom United States

June 2021

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AWAC Business Meeting

June 15 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Zoom, United States
Please join us for the AWAC Annual Business Meeting on Zoom! How can AWAC best fulfill its mission to “bring 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”? Agenda includes (1) reports on work from 2020-21 and (2) breakout group planning re: How can we bring antiracist practices to all aspects of AWAC and, by extension, WAC work? Find out more »

August 2021

IWAC 2020 / 2021

August 4 - August 7
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO
Boulder Colorado July

View the three plenaries about the past, present, and future of WAC below!

You can find the speakers bios at https://iwac.colostate.edu/program/complete/

Plenary 1: Welcomes, brief remarks from the conference team, and a plenary presentation by Carol Rutz and Chris Thaiss. The title of their talk is "WAC Fearlessness, Sustainability, and Adaptability Over Five Decades." Jesse McLain introduces the plenary speakers.

Plenary 2: Brief updates from the conference team, the first WAC Awards presentations, and a plenary presentation by Pamela Flash and Teresa Redd. The title of their talk is "WAC @ 50: Where are we now?" Madeline Halseth introduces the plenary speakers.

Plenary 3: Brief updates from the conference team, introduction of the IWAC 2023 conference host, and a plenary presentation by Al Harahap, Federico Navarro, and Alisa Russell. The title of their talk is "Writing across More-than-the-Curriculum: A Conversation Toward Diversifying, Professionalizing, and Renovating WAC." Caleb González introduces the plenary speakers.

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September 2021

Virtual Workshop: A Practical Toolkit for Antiracist WAC

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom United States
This virtual event was held on September 22nd 2021 from 2:00-3:30pm ET. The speakers requested everyone bring a syllabus to participate in this interactive workshop. The recording is provided below: Our speakers are Genevieve García de Müeller and Ana Cortés Lagos from Syracuse University. This interactive workshop will guide participants through a reflection on how writing is conceptualized and taught across the curriculum, and identifying potential sites for critical, antiracist WAC interventions. All attendees are asked to bring a syllabus… Find out more »

October 2021

2021 WAC “Fall” Institute

October 20 - October 23
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131 United States
We regret to announce that the 2021 Fall Institute that was slated for Albuquerque this October has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and Delta variant.  Planning is already underway for the 2022 WAC Summer Institute, which will take place in Athens, GA, from June 12 - 15, 2022. We'll distribute more details about that event in the Spring. Feel free to email AWACSummerInstitute@gmail.com if you have any questions. Find out more »
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