In Spring 2022, we will hold WAVA officer elections. As 4-year Co-President, Kristi Costello’s rotation is coming to an end on June 30 as is Derek Mueller’s post as Treasurer. We also need to fill vacancies in two additional roles: Webmaster, formerly held by Matt Beale who recently moved to Colorado, and Secretary, which became vacant when Beth was elected 2-Year Co-President. If you have interest or would like to nominate someone for one of these positions (4-Yr Co-President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Webmaster), please email Beth, Derek, and/or Kristi no later than March 1. Derek and Kristi are happy to help new officers transition into these positions, and, though we hope to see new folks move into leadership positions, we are also happy to stay on in any open capacity to help the organization run smoothly. You can learn more about these positions from our bylaws: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1py0RmyzQQubo0pc3kBvjTpw5CTVUdWj7YjOuVms2w9Q/edit?usp=sharing
Please join us–writing faculty, graduate students, and program administrators from across the Commonwealth of Virginia–on Wednesday afternoon, January 12, 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: What are some specific ways your teaching foregrounds support for student well-being? How does your teaching practice bring about and sustain meaningful interactions related to student wellness? 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite all WAVA members to an upcoming informal event on Tuesday, June 29 at 10:00 a.m. to share and reflect on our experiences over the past year. Together we will consider the teaching and administration obstacles we have faced and anticipate those that may be forthcoming. No need to register and no need to prep anything. This is an informal sharing-of ideas day and an excuse to connect with one another.
The Zoom link was sent to the WAVA listserv. Please reach out to any of the WAVA officers if you did not receive it and would like to attend.
In this one-hour interactive session, Dr. Rachel Jasiczek and Dr. Jennifer Hitchcock from Reynolds Community College will lead a discussion about the Fall 2020 Reynolds Direct Enrollment Pilot. Rachel and Jennifer will share the development and implementation of the Pilot along with a model for training faculty in best practices in the pedagogy for direct enrollment courses.
Click this link to register for the event: https://forms.gle/Cd75bAZnWmsnn3Lo9
The WAVA executive board met on Monday, November 26, 2020 to discuss spring programming and meetings. Members can look forward to an election in January and an organization meeting in mid-February 2021.
Writing Across Virginia held a free 90-minute, interactive workshop on Wednesday, October 21 from 12:30-2 led by Dr. Asao B. Inoue. The workshop offered a theoretical and pedagogical background for using labor-based grading contracts in writing classrooms as one method for equitable and inclusive grading, and creating antiracist writing assessment ecologies that allow for critical engagement with language and its judgement. Participants left the workshop with a sample labor-based grading contract and a handout of materials and links to other materials online.
On September 22, 2020, WAVA held a roundtable discussion via Zoom about writing placement strategies and procedures for higher education institutions across Virginia. The roundtable was led by WAVA’s co-presidents Kristi Costello and Cheri Lemieux-Spiegel and attended by WPAs and writing instructors from 2-year and 4-year institutions.
After introductions, attendees broke into breakout rooms on Zoom to discuss writing placement practices at their institutions. The attendees then reconvened to discuss topics and questions such as directed self-placement, measuring placement for efficacy, addressing unsuccessful student placements, and helping students “escape” the developmental course cycle.
Thank you to all of our attendees! It was a very productive discussion.
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.
In this one-hour round table session, Kristi Murray Costello (Old Dominion) and Cheri Lemieux Spiegel (Northern Virginia Community College) will lead participants in a discussion of writing placement practices, problems, and opportunities. The interactive session will begin with brief introductions of practices being used in the region and then move into open discussion and problem solving.
We have set up a Google Sheet to collect information about placement practices in VA both to inform our upcoming session and to serve as a resource for folks who are interested in placement. To this end, we hope that you will visit the sheet and include information for your institution.
The round table will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 4-5pm EDT. Please register for attendance using this signup form: https://forms.gle/qrgWJVuuP3Due4jk6