Outreach and WAI Conference

WAC's Outreach program has sponsored several projects since its inception in 2009.  Our aim is to foster and support writing at Appalachian but in the larger community.

Among our early projects were Veterans Writing Program and Writing for the Real World.  Our ongoing projects include WAI, now in its 6th year and the 112 Faculty Development Institutes and campus workshops across NC, Writing for Social Justice, Writing Cafe, and WWP.

Writing Across Institutions Conference

Since 2009, Appalachian State University's Writing Across the Curriculum Program has sponsored an annual Writing Across the Institutions (WAI) conference to support community college faculty by providing them access to best practices in the teaching of writing, scholars from the field, and an opportunity to meet in conversation with other NC community college and Appalachian faculty. Appalachian’s WAC Program was designed to create opportunities for faculty to connect writing program goals and outcomes in order to better serve students, and the WAI conference extends that conversation to community college faculty in order to help strengthen instruction for transfer students.  WAI participants will use the information and relationships gained at this event to better design and implement writing instruction that encourages student success and transfer across institutions.

This year's WAI conference will be held on March 27th, 2015 from 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. in room 085,  Appalachian Hall on ASU campus. We will focus on experiences faculty have had in teaching the English 112 WAC course this year.  

Please click here to access a PDF of our digital poster for this year's WAI conference. 

7th Annual WAI Agenda, 2015

9:00-9:15     Meet and Greet (Pastries and coffee provided.)

9:15-9:30     Welcome by Sherry Alusow Hart and Introductions 

9:30-12:30   Introduction of Terry Zawacki by Brendan Hawkins & Zawacki's Workshop on Writing in the Disciplines  

12:30-1:00   Lunch provided by Panera's (Thanks to Bedford/St. Martin's)

1:00-1:45     WID Panel (Emily Daughtridge, Theatre & Dance; Jeanne Dubino, English and Global Studies; Brian Smentkowski, Government & Justice Studies, ASU's Faculty and Academic Development)

1:45-2:45     Announcement and Clip for New WAC Film; Open Discussion of 112 Successes and Concerns, led by Georgia Rhoades

2:45-3:15     Community College Faculty Panel on Texts for English 112 (Calvin Jones, SPCC; Sharon Mitchell, Wilkes; Kelly Terzaken, Coastal Carolina)

3:15-3:45     Q & A; Discussion

3:45-4:00     Wrap-up and evaluations

Please click here to access a hard copy of the 7th Annual WAI agenda.

Please click here to access the 2015 WAI Resources page.

Directions for the WAI Conference:

The Rivers Street Parking deck is conveniently located just a five minute walk from our venue. Parking is $10 per day, and the deck accepts CASH ONLY. For more information on parking rates at ASU, please visit http://parking.appstate.edu/visitor-parking.

Please click here to access an ASU campus map to locate the Rivers St. parking deck and the Reich College of Education building. (The RCOE building is number 59 on this map.)

From Charlotte via I 85:

From Asheville via I 40:

From Raleigh (Winston Salem) via I 40: 


2014 WAI Conference Details:

The sixth annual Writing Across Institutions (WAI) conference was held April 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in IG Greer Hall, room 224 on Appalachian's campus.  Our keynote speakers were Dr. Patrick Bahls, Associate Professor of Mathematics at UNC Asheville and author of Student Writing in the Quantitative Disciplines: A Guide for College Faculty, and Kelly Trezaken, English Division Chair at Coastal Carolina Community College and member of the NCCCS DRE task force Dr. Bahls led discussions concerning writing in the STEM disciplines, while Ms. Trezaken presented information on recent NC Curriculum Articulation Agreements (CAA).

2014 WAI Agenda:

9:00-9:30 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions
9:30-11:30 a.m.—Patrick Bahls, UNCA: STEM Writing Workshop
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.—Davonna Thomas, Coastal Carolina CC: Developmental Writing
12:15-1:00 p.m.—LUNCH
1:00-2:00 p.m.—Appalachian WID Panel: Joe Klein (CSD), Rachel Clark (Professional Writing), Kim Priode (Nursing)
2:00-3:15 p.m.—Kelly Trezaken, Coastal Carolina CC: “The New CAA: Staying Sane in the Midst of Change” and Discussion
3:15-3:30 p.m.—Nancy Sommers Film, Beyond the Red Ink
3:45-4:30 p.m.—Refreshments and Resource Fair: Handling the Paper Load, Argument Rubric, Rhetorical Analysis, 112 Resources, Assessment, APA and CMS Resources, Portfolio Teaching, Graduate School Resources
4:30-5:00 p.m.—Wrap Up and Evaluations

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2013 WAI Conference Details:

The fifth annual Writing Across Institutions conference was held April 5, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Center on Appalachian's campus.  Our keynote speaker was Dr. Kim Gunter, Assistant Chair of the Composition Program at Appalachian, who led us in a workshop on teaching developmental writing.  We had great discussions concerning developmental courses and the new curriculum changes. 

At the 2013 conference, Lisa Redman provided information about a panel she conducted for WAC with business and professional leaders about writing in the workplace.  Please click here to access the results of her research.

Comments from past WAI participants:

"Business writing is always a great presentation. Lots of takeaways."

"This is such an excellent and useful conference. Thank you so much!!!"

"Surprised how much I have learned from my colleagues."

"All of the WAI presentations were informative and thoughtful."

112 Faculty Development

Beginning in May 2014, our WAC Program has provided faculty development support for community colleges making the transition to ENG 112 as a WAC course. The NCCS is discussing ENG 112 Competencies this year and produced a draft of possible competencies, which we have been using as a guide for course revision. To see these competencies and materials from our institutes at Appalachian, as well as Johnston, Forsyth Tech and Coastal Carolina community colleges, please click here. For more information about the materials, or if you would like to request a workshop on your campus, contact director Georgia Rhoades at rhoadesgd@appstate.edu.



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112 Faculty Support

Community College Blog

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Vertical Writing Model

Vertical Writing Model

WAC Video: A Guide for Student Writing at ASU

 A Guide for Student Writing at ASU      

Nancy Sommers Video: Beyond the Red Ink

 Beyond the Red Ink

Web Resources

Contact Us

For information about the Writing Across the Curriculum Program please contact Director Georgia Rhoades at (828) 262-2075 or e-mail at rhoadesgd@appstate.edu

Writing Across the Curriculum Program
Appalachian State University
253 Anne Belk Hall
ASU Box 32033
Boone, NC 28608-2033

(828) 262-2075 (office)
(828) 262-2032 (fax)

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