Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference: 9-10 April 2010
WOU hosted the annual Pacific Northwest Writing Center Association (PNWCA) Conference 9-10 April 2010 at Western Oregon University. The state of Oregon last hosted PNWCA in 2006, so we were thrilled to have the conference on Oregon soil again.
Katherine Schmidt, WOU Writing Center Director
Heidi Coley, WOU Writing Center English Writing Specialist for Spanish Speakers
Jennifer Morris, WOU Writing Center International Writing Specialist
The Writing Center Effect: Collaboration, Professionalization, & Sustainability
One tiny, seemingly unimportant event has the power to alter the whole of history and direct universal future. This phenomenon, known as the butterfly effect, is Edward Lorenz’s scientifically founded idea that one butterfly’s small turbulence in the sky can determine larger, devastating atmospheric behavior. The butterfly is one of the tiniest creatures on earth, yet its metamorphosis can stymie the genius, and its flight can cause the difference between rain and drought. Like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings can massively reconstruct the atmosphere’s weather, a writing center can direct long-term effects on the behavior of the larger, dynamic system and atmosphere: its institution. The writing center can play a pivotal role, whether large or small, in creating winds of change on its surrounding community.
With the butterfly effect in mind, use the following questions as springboards to consider your writing center’s effect on its larger institution and surrounding community with regards to collaboration, professionalization, and sustainability.
• Name, position, institution, and contact information of all presenters
• Title, description, and 50-word abstract of presentation
• Identification of your audience: (1) peer consultants, (2) professional staff, or (3) combination of both consultants and professional staff
• Format of session (see session format description below)
• Request for necessary audiovisual or technical support
All proposals must address the following:
• A particular question, issue, or problem
• Panels [45 – 60 minutes] allow for 3 to 4 individuals to each present their work in 15 – 20 minutes increments.
Process for Submitting Proposals
You have two options for submitting proposals: submit electronically to email@example.com or send via US mail to the following address:
Attn: PNWCA Proposal Committee
Individuals and groups from all disciplines are invited to send proposals; cross-disciplinary teams are especially encouraged to share their strategies in creating and sustaining successful partnerships that serve the larger institution.
*Note: students who live more than 80 miles away are eligible to apply for free housing when they register for the conference by the registration deadline: 12 March 2010.
Oregon Directors' Day Out: 24 June 2009 at Western Oregon University
For those who attended the DDO at WOU on 24 June 2009, please find meeting notes and minutes at DDO 2009 Minutes.
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