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Making Connections: December 2001

Donna Reiss, CAC Connections Editor
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Thanks to Deborah Bosley, Linda Driskill, Sharon Quiroz, Georg Eichhoff, and Jonathan Monroe for ideas and information.

Donna Reiss, Tidewater Community College

WAC Goes West

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Writing the Future: Leadership, Policies, and Classroom Practices

Rice University, Sam Houston State University, University of Houston Downtown, and New Mexico State University invite WAC folks to downtown Houston, Texas, March 7-9, 2002 for the sixth national Writing Across the Curriculum Conference.

  • Distinguished scholars and leaders from education, business, and government discuss leadership, policies, and classroom practices
  • Panels and presentations address how writing and communication prepare students for intercultural communication
    • International/national goals
    • National and state policies
    • Technology policies and teaching of writing and communication
    • University leadership and policies affecting writing and communication instruction
    • Effective program structure and administration
    • Funding for writing and communication instruction
    • School district policies and priorities affecting communication instruction
    • Copyright and fair use policies affecting writing instruction
  • Literacy through Photography exhibit and reception: FotoFest 2002: The Classical Eye and Beyond..., International Month of Photography
  • Conference site at Rice University Campus
Conference information, including a program featuring dozens of WAC leaders, is online at Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. Linda Driskill or Priscilla Houston, Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication, Rice University, can be reached by phone at 713-348-6141, or via email at Azalea Trail Tour
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WAC in the Wild

For the past twenty years, the University Writing Programs at UNC-Charlotte has sponsored a WAC/WID writing retreat at Wildacres in the mountains of North Carolina. In 2001, more than 90 people attended from 15 universities throughout the United States for three and a half days of workshops, discussions, and intense relaxation. Addressing the theme "Assessing Writing: From the Inside Out" were keynote speaker Marty Townsend and workshop leaders including David Russell, Steven Youra, and Meg Morgan. Past speakers have included Rebecca Burnett and Chris Anson.

The theme for Monday, May 13 to Thursday, May 16, 2002, is ELearning: The Place of Writing in New Learning Environments, covering topics such as:

  • the relationship of ELearning and WAC, WID, and/or TC programs
  • models for effective working relationships between ELearning and WAC
  • workshops to help faculty across the disciplines prepare materials for distance learning programs

Wildacres, NC imageCost generally runs about $275 including lodging, meals, and registration. For more information, contact Deborah S. Bosley, Director of University Writing Programs by email at or by phone at 704-687-3502.

More Wildacre Views

"Wildacres is situated on 1400 acres at an elevation of 3,300 feet atop a mountain called Pompey's Knob, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, halfway between Asheville and Blowing Rock. Points of interest in the area include the North Carolina Mineral Museum, Mineral and Gem Mines, Scenic Overlooks, Crabtree and Linville Falls, Grandfather Mountain, two 18-hole golf courses and tennis neaby, and Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Rockies," writes Bosley.

Past participants describe what was helpful about the retreat:

  • Both the opportunity to listen to/interact with the presenters and the chance to learn from others.
  • Learned about a range of programs, practices, both from presenters and participants.
  • Practical applications. Crisp ideas, strategies for faculty and program development/assessment.
  • Small discussion groups were helpful.
  • Working with faculty from other disciplines. New ideas and affirmation of previous/present
    attempts and practice with sample exams and portfolios.
  • Knowledgeable presenters/hands-on activities.
  • Relaxed ambiance, inspirational setting, informality and ample time for collegial interaction.

Wildacres has two lodges, a dining hall building, a library and auditorium, a mineral and lapidary workshop and a pottery studio. All buildings are heated. Meals are served family style. All sleeping rooms have private baths and have either two twin beds or one double and one twin bed. There is a spacious lobby and several large and small meeting rooms. When weather permits, the patio can also be used for assemblies. Wildacres is about 3 miles from the Little Switzerland post office. Nearest towns are Spruce Pine and Marion, NC. Access is available from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Gooch Gap, located between mileposts 336 and 337. Distance from Charlotte is about 112 miles.

WAC Wired

WAC and Computers and Writing will interface in Normal, Illinois, May 16-19, 2002, at Computers and Writing 2002, where the theme is Teaching and Learning in Virtual Spaces. Among issues of interest to WAC are computer communication in distance education, visual and verbal communication, assessment of electronic documents, accessibility, and technologies for writing and writing instruction. If you can't go in person, you can attend online at the companion conference, Computers and Writing Online.

WAC for the New Millenium

WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Programs
Susan McLeod, Eric Miraglia, Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss, editors
NCTE 2001, ISBN 0-8141-5648-7, $37.95 ($27.95 member price)

From the NCTE Books Website: The writing-across-the-curriculum (WAC) movement, now more than 25 years old, has remained a stable part of the educational landscape, outlasting other educational innovations by adapting to new educational initiatives. This collection of essays describes how WAC programs have adapted and continue to adapt to meet new challenges. Respected WAC advocates and coeditors Susan McLeod, Eric Miraglia, Margot Soven, and Christopher Thaiss, along with other leading WAC educators including William Condon, David A. Jolliffe, Victor Villanueva, and David R. Russell, explain strategies for continuing WAC programs in an atmosphere of change; explore new avenues of collaboration, such as service learning and the linked-course curricula of learning communities, and predict areas into which WAC programs need to move; and suggest new directions for research on writing across the curriculum. With a foreword by Elaine P. Maimon, this book celebrates WAC’s achievements by highlighting the promise of its future.

Language and Learning Across the Disciplines Special Issues: Calls and Announcements

You'll always be up-to-date on WAC theory with the journal Language and Learning Across the Disciplines (LLAD), edited by Sharon Quiroz and Michael Pemberton. LLAD "publishes articles dealing with issues in learning theory, discourse analysis, participation in disciplinary discourse, and the social, intellectual and political locations of WAC programs." Submission and subscription information and selected back issues are on the Web.

  • Speak Up! Scholarship and Practice in Oral Communication Across the Curriculum, is a special issue with guest editor Deanna Dannels.
    • "Our public and educational discourse has placed the issue of oral communication skills at center stage. Consequently, cross-curricular scholars in communication, composition, and other disciplines must be familiar with and prepared to address the role of oral communication in the disciplines."
    • "This special issue will focus on scholarship emerging out of the communication across the curriculum movement. Theoretical or empirical papers dealing with, but not limited to the following topics are invited: orality in disciplinary discourse, assessment of oral competence, teaching and learning of oral communication in particular disciplines, theoretical complexities and outcomes of integrating writing and speaking, and the nature of interdisciplinary partnerships."
    • Submit 2-page proposals by September 1, 2002 (notification November 15). Electronic submission preferred to or postal mail to Deanna P. Dannels, Guest Editor, LLAD, Department of Communication, Campus Writing and Speaking Program, Box 8104, 201 Winston Hall, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8104.
  • Poetry Across the Curriculum,a special issue guest edited by Art Young, invites 500-1000-word proposals by February 15, 2002 "on any aspect of teaching and learning that occurs when students write poetry in courses in the disciplines. In this context, especially encouraged are proposals that investigate the role of the poetic function of language in the disciplines; connections between creative writing and academic discourse; the development of student creative and critical thinking abilities; and the personal, social, pedagogical, and academic uses of poetic language." Send proposals and inquiries to Art Young,, Department of English, 616 Strode Tower, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0523.
  • Sue McLeod is guest editor of a special issue on International WAC, scheduled for publication in 2002. Contributors are WAC specialists in the United States who have consulted in other countries and people in other countries who are adapting WAC ideas for their institutions.

WAC Collaborates

Electronic Publishing Multi-Journal issue on Electronic Publishing is a forthcoming collaborative online publication of Academic.Writing, CCC online, Enculturation, Kairos, and The Writing Instructor.

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Publication Information: Reiss, Donna. (2001). Making Connections: December 2001. Academic.Writing.
Publication Date: December 12, 2001

DOI: 10.37514/AWR-J.2001.2.1.14

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