Preparing for Leadership Roles in WAC and Writing Centers

February 15, 2019 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Dr. Bradley Hughes Writing Center Director and Writing Across the Curriculumn Director, University of Wisconsin- Madison 

This interactive workshop will help participants prepare to lead Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) programs and ambitious, comprehensive writing centers in their future faculty careers. Through a mix of presentation, discussion, and activities, we will explore ways writing program administrators (WPAs) can:

• build a strong culture of writing across a university
• connect WAC and Writing Centers with faculty in disciplines across a university
• develop ambitious visions and missions for WAC programs and writing centers
• think programmatically about WAC and writing centers
• make WAC programs and writing centers visible and valued
• develop a collaborative leadership style that moves programs forward and accomplishes goals
• develop manageable assessment plans
• create a WAC faculty sourcebook and newsletter
• involve graduate students in WPA leadership roles
• develop research projects from WPA work and Involve graduate students in collaborative research projects
• navigate the WAC and writing center literature
 
Along the way, we will discuss models for WAC and writing center leadership drawn from my 35 years of experience leading these programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and WAC and from models at some other universities. We will have plenty of time to discuss your questions and experiences, and we will build in time for you to do a kind of self-inventory—identifying your strengths for this kind of writing program leadership and research and setting goals for learning more. This workshop is aimed primarily at graduate students, but is open to all. A catered lunch will be offered to participants.
 
Attendance is limited, so please contact Annette Vee to RSVP: annettevee@pitt.edu.

Location and Address

602 Cathedral of Learning