Boone, NC - The 11th Writing Across Institutions Conference, a free institute for faculty teaching writing in the NC community college system sponsored by Appalachian’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program, met on May 3, 2019, in the Reich College of Education with 45 faculty attending. Represented schools included Forsyth CC, Wilkes CC, Nash CC, Surry CC, CCCT&I, CPCC, CVCC, SPCC, Gaston CC, Rowan-Cabarrus CC, WPCC, GTCC, and Appalachian.
The keynotes for the conference were Erin Zimmerman, sponsored by WAC, the Writing in the Disciplines and Writing Center Director at American University Beirut and Appalachian Alumn, who spoke on “Quote, Paraphrase, Cite, Repeat! Academic Misconduct: Not as Easy as We Think.” The afternoon keynote, sponsored by Macmillan, was Peter Adams, an Accelerated Learning Program Consultant (ALP), who spoke on “What Is Co-Req Developmental Education and Why Is Everyone Doing It?” The WAC staff presented resources developed for the teaching of writing, particularly those of interest to cc teachers, and we offered a panel on RISE (the co-req model for NC community colleges) with faculty from CCCT&I, GTCC, and CVCC.
Writing to the event’s organizer, Georgia Rhoades, Director of WAC, Sharon Mitchell, an English Instructor at Wilkes Community College, stated, “Thank you so much for hosting another incredibly valuable conference on Friday. I took so much away that will be so helpful, and it was just wonderful seeing everyone again. You all take such great care of us, and we are lucky to have you as the mentors and wonderful colleagues that you are. Mitchell has attended each of the 11 Writing Across the Institution Conferences."
Another returning conference attendee, April Bristow-Smith, Chair of the English Department and Fundamental Studies at Nash Community College, thanked the organizers “for an awesome WAC conference.” Bristow-Smith went on to say, “Peter Adams explained the co-requisite model with a clarity I have not heard at any RISE meeting so far. I had the opportunity to connect with several teachers piloting RISE, and I also met Beth Carroll, who welcomed me to pick her brain about the campus writing center.”
WAC has offered this conference as a service to community college writing faculty since spring 2009 and also offers free workshops to community college faculty throughout the year. For more information, contact Georgia Rhoades at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Georgia Rhoades
Writing Across the Curriculum is a division of University College
About Writing Across the Curriculum
The WAC staff members are Sherry Alusow Hart, Dennis J. Bohr, Julie Karaus, Sarah Zurhellen, and Kelly Terzaken. Writing Across the Curriculum offers consultations and workshops on writing pedagogy as well as "Don't Cancel That Class," available to all disciplines, for faculty who must be absent but are interested in class writing activities. For more information, contact Georgia Rhoades at email@example.com or see our website, wac.appstate.edu.
About University College
Formed in 2007, University College consists of the university’s general education program, faculty and staff support, and co-curricular programming and support – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom. All students at Appalachian begin their education in University College and benefit from its programs until they graduate. Learn more at https://universitycollege.appstate.edu.