CFP || CWCA/ACCR conference — The Writing Centre Multiverse: Vancouver May 30-31, 2019

The Writing Centre Multiverse: Vancouver May 30-31, 2019

For our 2019 conference, the Canadian Writing Centres Association/L’Association canadienne des centres de rédaction welcomes proposals on any writing-centre-related subject, but particularly invites proposals that explore how Writing Centres navigate, respond to, and negotiate the “multiverse” we all inhabit—in our spaces, our practices, and our research.

How, for example, do any of the following multis inform, enrich, and/or limit our work in the context of our own institutions? How do they intersect or overlap with practical, political, and/or personal concerns around training, pedagogy, administration, decolonization, or wellness,? How do we as writing centre practitioners respond to, negotiate, or resist, any or all of these?

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Job posting || Specialist in Professional/Technical Writing and Digital Rhetorics/Humanities, Department of English at the University of Prince Edward Island

Specialist in Professional/Technical Writing and Digital Rhetorics/Humanities

 From the job posting:

The Department of English at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, invites applications for a 10-month term position in professional/technical communication, digital rhetorics/humanities, and writing in the disciplines. The position is subject to budgetary approval.

Studies in writing, communication, and rhetoric is a growing area at UPEI, providing intellectual, pedagogical, and administrative leadership in writing and rhetoric in/across the curriculum (WID/WAC). This position requires teaching and leadership in professional/technical writing and digital rhetoric/new media. Writing faculty also contribute to teaching courses in first-year writing, with opportunities to teach literature and contribute to an emergent digital humanities area. We value liberal arts outcomes and student-centred, active, and experiential teaching and learning styles.

Minimum qualifications: 

The successful candidate must have the Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition or a closely related field. The candidate also must demonstrate (1) clear and relevant evidence of teaching experience and a commitment to teaching excellence; (ii) evidence of active scholarship, with a well-defined research agenda; (iii) the ability to work effectively with increasingly diverse students, culturally and linguistically; and (iv) an interest in contributing to a vibrant and intellectually engaged department.

Start Date: 

August 15, 2015

Application Instructions: 

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, and a list of three references. Applications should be emailed, as PDF documents, directly to the Chair of English: Dr. Greg Doran at mailto:gdoran@upei.ca.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

Closing date for applications is July 17, 2015.

Career opportunity | Manager, Writing Centre (One year contract) | University of Waterloo

Career opportunity  |  Manager, Writing Centre  (One year contract)

Date: February 2014

Reports to: Special Advisor to the Provost on English Language Competency

Jobs Reporting: Writing Centre Teaching Associates

Location: Main Campus

Grade: 10; 35 hours per week

Primary Purpose

The Manager, Writing Centre is accountable to the Special Advisor to the Provost for managing the staff, processes and activities involved in providing outstanding writing support for both undergraduate and graduate students.  A significant role of the Manager is working closely with the Special Advisor to the Provost, Writing Centre staff, Faculties, and key stakeholders on the strategic leadership and transition of the Writing Centre as it evolves to support a more integrated approach to English Language competency development on campus, including implementing recommendations of the 2012 report on Support for English Language Competency.

Conference materials – handouts, slides, etc.

Thank you again for your participation in Writing @ the Centre. We gained so much in just one day from your workshops, presentations, and panels.

The University of Victoria Writing Centre would like to offer you the opportunity to showcase and share your presentation, panel or workshop on the CWCA website. It is my role to create videos and other online objects highlighting some of the insights you shared.  If you would like to participate, please send any media (images, PDFs, PPTs, audio/video files) that you would like me to include, along with a list of key points or script notes. Please also indicate your preferred method of knowledge transfer. Here are just a few ideas:
·         Voice-over Powerpoint slides to create a video
·         A screen-captured Skype presentation
·         A traditional paper presented as a PDF
·         A podcast of you being interviewed
This is not an exhaustive list and we’re open to your ideas!  Of course, all contributors will be acknowledged for their authorship of the content and given access to this resource once established.

If you’d like to see some samples, here are some of the creations I made in my role as Coordinator at the UVic Writing Centre and as a tutorial developer for UVic Libraries:
Academic Integrity
The Arbutus Review
UVic TWC’s Help Videos Page
The UVic Library’s Help Videos Page

Please let me know if you would like to participate! We are working on a tight deadline and would need to have your project completed to your satisfaction by June 28th. The earlier we start, the better the product will be.

Send your materials to Abby – twccoor@uvic.ca

Conference success

Thank you to everyone who came to the CWCA/ACCR conference at University of Victoria. Over 95 members representing 40 institutions came from 8 provinces and as well as Washington state. It was good to meet with friends and colleagues, as well as new CWCA/ACCR members.

Special thanks

Special thank you from the CWCA/ACCR executive as well as all the members to UVic writing centre manger, Dr. Lauie Waye for hosting the conference. As was mentioned at the conference, Dr. Waye’s effort was key in the success of the conference, setting a template for future conferences for our association. Thanks, Laurie!

Thanks, too, to the planning committee:

Theresa Hyland, Liv Marken, Tammy Bryne, Grace Howell, and Miriam Unruh

Their work contributed to the success of this conference.

Further news

In the coming weeks, materials from the conference will be posted to this site. A note will be sent out on the listserve when these have been uploaded.

Also, a constitution committee and electronic media committee were formed. More information on these may be found in the AGM minutes to be posted shortly.

Thank you all for coming to the conference. Plans are already underway for 2014! I hope to see you all again.

Brian Hotson,

Past-Chair, CWCA/ACCR