Writing Across Institutions (WAI)

WAI History

Since 2009, Appalachian State University's Writing Across the Curriculum Program has sponsored an annual Writing Across 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 use the information and relationships gained at this event to better design and implement writing instruction that encourages student success and transfer across institutions. To get on our mailing list for more info about WAI, please contact Kelly Terzaken at terzakenks@appstate.edu.

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2023

This year's Writing Across Institutions conference will be on April 14, 2023 from 9am - 4pm. We're excited to feature Michelle LaFrance from George Mason University and a panel of writing in the disciplines faculty from Appalachain State. To view the day's agenda, presentation descriptions, and other shared resources, please visit the WAI 2023 website

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2022

We were thrilled to host a safe and face-to-face WAI 2022 on Friday, April 8. This year featured a Compassionate Teaching session by Calvin Jones and an afternoon keynote on Translating Writing Across Communities, Languages, Contexts, and Disciplines with Laura Gonzales. To view the day's agenda, presentation slides, and other shared resources, please visit the WAI 2023 website.

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2021

WAI 2021 was held on Friday, March 26. We featured a morning workshop on Emotional Labor led by Georgia Rhoades and an afternoon workshop on Online Writing Instruction led by Jessie Borgman and Casey McArdle. Both sessions were recorded, and the recordings were made available to registerered participants after the event. 

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2020

While the face-to-face WAI Conference had to be canceled due to COVID-19, we enjoyed a virtual RISE session with Dr. Davonna Thomas and Ashley Ess from Coastal Carolina Community College. Their presentation, which addressed the transition center and the co-requisite course, can be viewed below. You can also read our notes from the session here

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2018

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2017

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2016

Writing Across Institutions (WAI) 2015

Dr. Zawacki, "WAC-Focused Composition: Research and Practice towards Preparing Rhetorically Aware Student Writers"

Sample student paper on Outsourcing [Google doc] used for Dr. Zawacki's workshop