Call for Proposals: IWAC 2020

IWAC 2020: Celebrating Successes, Recognizing Challenges, Inviting Critique and Innovation

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In their history of the Writing Across the Curriculum movement, Bazerman and his colleagues (2005) observe, “As far as has been documented, the earliest Writing Across the Curriculum faculty seminar was led by Barbara Walvoord in 1969-70 at Central College (a four-year liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa)” (p. 26). The 2020 conference marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Walvoord’s seminar—and provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect, individually and as a field, how our well-established educational movement has grown and continues to evolve.

As an educational movement, WAC is both successful and widely recognized. Early in the effort to identify high-impact practices, under the phrase “writing-intensive courses,” it was included in a list of several educational practices that had been shown to contribute to student learning and success (Kuh, 2008).

Yet the WAC movement is far from a finished product. As WAC practitioners, we understand it as a set of teaching and learning activities that can—and should—be continuously assessed and improved. Over the past five decades, the WAC community has

This conference calls for both celebration of successes and careful consideration of the challenges facing the WAC movement. And it calls for critique in the service of improving and strengthening the use of writing and speaking to advance learning. We invite proposals that address the broad categories of celebrating success, recognizing challenges, offering critique, and advancing innovation. Whether through research projects, classroom-based inquiry, or theoretical explorations, we offer the following suggestions for addressing this year’s conference theme:

We welcome submissions for:

Panels, roundtables, and teaching demonstrations will be presented in 75-minute blocks, while workshops will be three hours long. Poster presentations will be take place over two 75-minute blocks. 

We ask presenters to limit themselves to one speaking role in panels, roundtables, and teaching demonstrations (excluding service as a chair or respondent to a panel). In addition to a speaking role on a panel, roundtable, or teaching demonstration, we also encourage participants to consider participation as a workshop leader and as a presenter of a poster session.

We also ask presenters to consider issues of accessibility as they develop their presentation. Useful information about accessible presentations can be found on the Composing Access site at

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