The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum

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About AWAC

The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum (AWAC) was launched in April 2018, and emerged from conversations held at CCCC 2016, IWAC 2016, CCCC 2017, and CCCC 2018. The formation of this organization was driven by a desire to create a group that could coordinate efforts among existing WAC organizations and ensure their sustainability, as well as enlarge the WAC community and promote new scholarship, collaborations, and activities. Below, find information about becoming a member, nominations for the first executive board, an invitation to the first AWAC meeting, information about AWAC's history, a list of the  AWAC Working Group members, and AWAC's mission statement, values statement, and proposed activities.

Please visit this page periodically for more information on AWAC. To learn more, please contact Michelle Cox (michelle.cox@cornell.edu), Jeff Galin (jgalin@fau.edu,) and Dan Melzer (dlmelzer@ucdavis.edu).

Become a Member

Members of AWAC are eligible to join a committee, to nominate executive board members, to stand for election, and to vote in elections. There are no membership dues at this time. To become a member, click here

On the membership form, you will be asked if you want to join a committee. Click here to see committee descriptions. 

Seeking Nominations for Board Members

AWAC is currently being led by the AWAC Working Group, so one of our first items of business is to elect an executive board. We are accepting nominations for all positions on the board: Incoming Chair, Chair, Outgoing Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Members at Large. For descriptions of the responsibilities and terms of each position, see Article V of the AWAC bylaws by clicking here. Nominations are due by June 20; elections will be held at the end of June. 

All nominations should be sent to send Michelle Cox (michelle.cox@cornell.edu). 

To nominate another person, send the person's contact information and the position for which you are nominating this person by June 13.

To nominate yourself, by June 20, send:

  • the position for which you would like to stand for election
  • your contact information
  • a short bio (100 words)
  • a short statement (100 words) on why you wish to take this position (What do you hope to accomplish as an AWAC board member? What is your vision for AWAC? What perspective and/or experience would you bring to the board?)

Join the AWAC Meeting at IWAC in June 2018

AWAC will hold its first official meeting on June 6, 2018 at the International Writing Across the Curriculum (IWAC) conference in Auburn, AL during the J6 session (10:05-11:20 am). Everyone is invited! At this meeting, we will briefly provide background on AWAC and then gather in groups to start forming the committees that will be the backbone of this collaborative and inclusive organization. See the IWAC conference schedule here.  

A History of AWAC

Date Actions
March 2016 Conversations about an umbrella organization for WAC began at CCCC 2016, prompted by several changes in the field. Chris Thaiss, who had led the International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs (INWAC) stepped down and four co-chairs, Michelle Cox, Anne Ellen Geller, Jeff Galin, and Dan Melzer stepped up as co-chairs. This change in leadership, as well as the impending retirements of many of the founders of WAC,  prompted the INWAC Board of Consultants to discuss the roles and limits of INWAC, the relationship between INWAC and other WAC organizations, and ideas for the future of the field. At the same time, the WAC Graduate Organization (WAC-GO) was becoming organized and looking for a professional organization with which to affiliate.
June 2016

The INWAC Board held a meeting at IWAC with WAC stakeholders to talk about the future of WAC. Access the invitation and list of invitees here.

Participants expressed a great deal of respect for those who started the different WAC organizations and built the different components of what is now the field of WAC. However, they also identified limitations and discussed how these WAC organizations would benefit from coordination and collaboration, which an umbrella organization could foster. For more details, see the notes from the IWAC meeting.

Following the meeting, INWAC Co-Chairs Cox, Galin, Geller, and Melzer decided to elicit comments from the wider community through a survey.

October 2016 The INWAC Board met to discuss INWAC’s relationship to a potential new umbrella organization, the relationship of INWAC to CCCC, the role of the INWAC Board, and potential other models of and venues for WAC mentorship. The board decided that INWAC would not become the WAC umbrella organization but would work with other WAC organizations to develop this new group. They also decided to apply for CCCC WAC Standing Group status to replace the annual INWAC Special Interest Group Meeting and to work with the new umbrella organization to formalize a consultation model and mentoring structures.
February 2017 INWAC Co-Chairs Cox, Galin, Geller, and Melzer distributed “On the Future of WAC” survey over WPA-L, WAC-L, and the INWAC Directory. The survey included questions about what the respondent saw as the benefits and drawbacks of the current organizational structures within WAC and ideas for what a new organization might look like. For details of the survey results, see the CCCC 2017 meeting slides.
March 2017 At a CCCC meeting, Cox, Galin, and Melzer reported on “On the Future of WAC” results and opened a discussion on next steps. Participants agreed that work should begin on drafting bylaws and a working group was formed (see list of working group members below).
April 2017 The CCCC WAC Standing Group application was approved, replacing the CCCC INWAC Special Interest Group. Leadership for this organization rotates; inaugural chairs were Melzer (Outgoing Chair), Cox (Chair), and Galin (Incoming Chair).
May 2017-March 2018 The working group drafted a name for the organization (the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum), a mission statement, a vision statement, bylaws and committee descriptions through a series of Skype meetings (see the AWAC website for the mission and vision statement). 
March 2018 The drafted bylaws were shared over WPA-L and WAC-L and at CCCC 2018 Kansas City for feedback.
April 2018 The working group met to determine next steps. It was decided that: (1) this working group would serve as a de facto executive board for AWAC until a board is elected; (2) invitees from the June 2016 Stakeholders Meeting would be sent an update on the development of the organization and invited to provide feedback to the bylaws and express concerns; (3) once stakeholder concerns are addressed, a call for members would be sent over WPA-L and WAC-L; (4) an AWAC meeting will be held at IWAC 2018 to solidify the organization; (5) a call for nominations for officers and elections will take place in summer 2018.

AWAC Working Group Members

  • Chris Anson 
  • Christopher Basgier 
  • Melissa M. Bender 
  • Ann Blakesley 
  • Laurie Britt-Smith
  • Pamela Childers 
  • Michelle Cox 
  • Heather Falconer 
  • Jeff Galin
  • Jonathan Hall 
  • Al Harahap 
  • Brian Hendrickson 
  • Margaret Marshall 
  • Maureen Ann Mathison 
  • Daniel L Melzer 
  • Federico Daniel Navarro 
  • Mike Palmquist 
  • Joseph Pizzo 
  • Justin Rademaker
  • Nicole Servino 
  • Stacey Sheriff 
  • Terry Myers Zawacki 

 

Mission, Values, and Activities (Draft)

Mission: The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum brings together the intellectual, human, political, and economic capital of the writing across the curriculum community to better support and grow WAC as a global intellectual tradition.

Values: The Association for Writing Across the Curriculum promotes initiatives that support students' writing across their academic careers, faculty development related to student writing and writing pedagogy, and research into writing across domains (e.g. disciplines, professions, communities, and academic levels) and transnationally. We value:

  • Writing as a powerful mode of learning, inquiry, and communication
  • WAC as a coordinated effort to transform the culture of writing across academic contexts rather than as a quick fix to the perceived "problem of student writing"
  • WAC's rich intellectual and pedagogical traditions and scholarly contributions
  • An expansive vision of WAC as writing to learn, engage, and communicate within and across disciplines, in programs such as Writing in the Disciplines, Communication Across the Curriculum, Writing-Enriched Curriculum, and related efforts worldwide
  • An inclusive vision of WAC that welcomes broad participation from diverse peoples, institutions, and organizations
  • Equity and resources for stakeholders across all levels (i.e. students, faculty, program administrators, units)
  • Collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and writing-related organizations in ways that respect differences in local knowledge and practices
  • Sustainable development of individual programs and the field as a whole

Activities: Activities to promote our values may include:

  • Formalizing connections among the different WAC and other writing-related organizations to reach mutual goals
  • Promoting the dissemination and publication of scholarly work on WAC, through support of venues such as the International Writing Across the Curriculum conference and the WAC Clearinghouse
  • Sponsoring research on WAC issues
  • Supporting communication among the diverse stakeholders--teachers, students, administrators--engaged in WAC research, teaching, and learning
  • Supporting existing mentorship opportunities related to WAC practices, program development, and research through coordination with such groups as the CCCC WAC Standing Group and WAC-GO as well as development of new mentorship initiatives
  • Advocating for students, faculty, staff, and administrators through resolutions, statements, and studies on issues of importance to WAC programs
  • Promoting the visibility and impact of WAC in the public sphere

 

 

Last updated April 18, 2018