Writing Program Dialogues (WAVA) – 10/15/21, 3-4 p.m., Zoom

Please join us–writing faculty, graduate students, and program administrators from across the Commonwealth of Virginia–on Friday afternoon, October 15, from 3-4 p.m., for an hour-long dialogue about teaching writing. The event is meant to foster cross-talk that is supportive and generative for all who attend. Our open, informal conversation will be initiated with the following question: How have pandemic teaching modifications proven positive, generative, frustrating, or daunting for your teaching practice, considering the format(s)/modality(ies) you are teaching in this semester? Depending on the number of people who attend, we might use breakout rooms for the first half of the session before reconvening as a larger group. The Zoom link will be emailed to the WAVA listserv. If you have any questions, please contact Derek Mueller at dmueller@vt.edu.

“How to Engage in Antiracist Classroom Writing Assessment” (October Workshop)

On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, Dr. Asao Inoue will be leading a workshop titled “How to Engage in Antiracist Classroom Writing Assessment” from 12:30-2 p.m. EDT. Additional details about the event, including the registration form, are available at http://wava.hokieswrite.com/fall-2020-workshop-how-to-engage-in-antiracist-classroom-writing-assessment/. Registration is open now and until the event reaches its capacity of 100 participants. Dr. Inoue is Professor and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, at Arizona State University. The 90-minute workshop is jointly sponsored by Writing Across Virginia (WAVA) and the Virginia Tech Composition Program.

WAVA Ratified as CWPA Affiliate

On Monday, May 4, 2020, the Writing Across Virginia Affiliate (WAVA) was formally, officially approved by the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Executive Board. CWPA President Mark Blaauw-Hara (North Central Michigan College) announced the approval of the organization’s newest regional affiliate, which was supported unanimously by members of the executive board.

WAVA supports the work of writing programs, instructors, administrators, and students in post-secondary institutions, undertaking initiatives designed to support these and other higher education stakeholders across the Commonwealth of Virginia. As an affiliate, we consider writing programs–and the interests of writing programs–broadly to include first-year writing, writing centers, undergraduate majors and minors, writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and graduate programs. For more information about WAVA or to be added to the organization’s membership roster and listserv, please contact Cheri Lemieux Spiegel (cheri.lemieux@gmail.com) and Kristi Murray Costello (kcostell@odu.edu).