Call for Proposals: Carolinas WPA Meeting in the Middle, Spring 2020
The Carolinas Writing Program Administrators encourage individual or team proposals from people in the Carolinas who work in any teaching or administrative positions related to writing. Our annual spring Meeting in the Middle takes place on Friday, February 14, 2020, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City Building, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.
Our theme for the meeting is language, particularly translingualism and multilingualism, and how the complex systems of meaning we use to communicate inform our composing practices as well as the teaching thereof.
How do students employ their languages and literacies in different situations and environments? For that matter, how are we doing so? How can we recognize and discuss code-switching, code-meshing, and translanguaging as they relate across a variety of contexts? How can we help our students, and learn with them, about how to do so in more rhetorically effective fashions?
Jennifer Eidum from Elon University will present a morning workshop that presents key theories of translingualism and multilingualism as they play out in higher education, with particular focus on first-year writing classrooms. Then, we will shift from theory to practice, exploring specific linguistic & cultural challenges WPAs and writing faculty might encounter in writing spaces (including their own). With an emphasis on collaboration and community-building, participants will leave the workshop with resources, connections, and new ideas for recognizing (and building upon) the linguistic and cultural diversity in their writing programs.
Your presentation may be closely, loosely, or not at all related to this theme.
Three different presentation types reflect members' interests:
Problem: Describe a teaching, program leadership, or research problem that you would like help thinking about with other attendees. 10-15 minutes includes feedback time.
Showcase: Share a teaching method or writing program leadership strategy that is working well at your site. Or present findings from a study you’re involved in that would interest writing teachers and WPAs. 10-15 minutes includes feedback time.
Other: You have an idea that doesn’t fit either category. Explain! You still have 10-15 minutes to present.
Proposal deadline: 11:59PM Wednesday, January 29, 2019.
Questions: Kevin Brock (
Presenter 1: name, email, phone, and home institution
Any additional presenters: names, emails, phones, and home institutions
Type of presentation
Problem: A teaching, program leadership, or research problem you seek help resolving
Showcase: A teaching, program leadership, or research problem you seek help resolving
Other: An idea that doesn't fit either category
Presentation title and brief description (75-150 words)
2-5 key words to tag presentation content
Your specific goals for presenting
Does your presentation require a projector?
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