IU to host 2010 International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference
March 2, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The 2010 International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference will be hosted by the Indiana University Campus Writing Program and co-sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin. It will take place May 20-22.
Four pre-conference workshops will be offered on the Thursday morning for an additional fee. All events will take place at the Indiana Memorial Union on the IU Bloomington campus.
The biannual conference, the only U.S. conference dedicated exclusively to writing across the curriculum (WAC) and writing in the disciplines (WID), is typically of interest to people who are concerned with using writing to improve teaching and learning -- faculty, administrators and students from post-secondary institutions, as well as faculty and administrators from secondary schools. Participants in the past have come from throughout the world.
This year's featured speakers are Art Young from Clemson University, speaking on "WAC Today and Tomorrow: Composing in Many Modes and Media," and Terry Myers Zawacki from George Mason University, on "Researching the Local/Writing the International: Developing Culturally Inclusive WAC Programs and Practices."
Young is the Robert S. Campbell Chair and professor of English emeritus at Clemson University, where he founded and coordinated Clemson's award-winning communication-across-the-curriculum program (1990-2009). South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges awarded him the Order of the Palmetto in recognition of his role in Clemson's being selected
In March 2002, Young received the Exemplar Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for outstanding achievement in teaching, research, and service. He is the author of
In addition, he is author of numerous articles and co-editor of four other books on writing across the curriculum. He has served as a consultant on writing and communication across the curriculum to more than 70 colleges in the U.S. and abroad.
Terry Myers Zawacki
Zawacki is associate professor of English and director of George Mason University's Writing Across the Curriculum program. Her publications include the co-authored
Zawacki serves on the editorial board of
Plenary sessions include topics on administration, assessment, curriculum, economics, faculty development, history of WAC, interdisciplinary collaboration, student learning, politics, research, school/college collaboration, sustainability, teaching, technology, theory, writing, and other forms of communicating across the disciplines, as well as collaborative projects involving contributors from varied disciplines.
Pre-conference workshops include:
- "Developing an Undergraduate Writing Fellows Program as Part of a WAC Program" with Brad Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- "A New Approach to and Vision of Enhancing Learning Through Writing: Scenes and Issues in the U.S. and Europe" with Magnus K. Gustafsson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; Sally Mitchell, University of London, UK; Paul Anderson, Miami University; David R. Russell, Iowa State University; and Michael P. Carter, North Carolina University
- "Take Your Students to the Movies: Teaching Writing and Thinking Through Film" with Chantal N. Gibson and Stephanie Dayes, both from Simon Fraser University
- "Past, Present, Future: Making High School-College WAC Collaborations Work" with Trixie G. Smith, Michigan State University and Pamela B. Childers, The McCallie School
The deadline for conference registration is April 1, 2010. For registration information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~wac2010/registration.shtml. For general information, visit http://www.indiana.edu/~wac2010/ or e-mail email@example.com.
IU Campus Writing Program
The Campus Writing Program (CWP), IU Bloomington's writing-across-the-curriculum and writing-in-the-disciplines program, is dedicated to improving undergraduate education by promoting writing as a way of learning and teaching. The emphasis on writing at IU Bloomington is not only an attempt to give students additional practice in basic composition skills, but is intended to foster their ability to articulate complex positions within their chosen fields of study. Staff at the CWP assist campus faculty through consultation, course development grants, writing prizes, and workshops to integrate writing into their courses. They also assist students on writing via Writing Tutorial Services, the university-wide writing center administered by the CWP.
IU Bloomington writing programs and initiatives were recognized by
On the Bloomington campus, curricular decisions have strengthened writing instruction; in addition to the university's first-year composition requirement, other school initiatives -- such as the College of Arts and Science's Intensive Writing requirement (one of the nation's oldest programs) and the Kelley School of Business's two-course writing sequence -- have solidified writing as a cornerstone of undergraduate education.
For questions on the WAC conference or the Campus Writing Program, call 812-855-4928.