QUWAC Fall 2012 Conference – New Vistas

  • Apr 18, 2012

Conference Theme – New Vistas: WAC/WID Intersections in the 21st Century

Conference Date: November 16-17, 2012

Proposal Deadline: Monday, June 18th, 2012. Send your 250-300 word abstract to Paul.Pasquaretta@Quinnipiac.Edu. We welcome both individual proposals and panel proposals. Individual papers/presentations will be held to 15 minutes in length, panels will be held to 50 minutes total, with time left at the end of every session for questions. The registration cost for the full conference (Friday and Saturday) is $300 and includes all meals and receptions, shuttle service, keynote address, and presentations. The cost for Saturday only is $150.

Keynote: Barbara Waalvoord, Professor Emerita, Notre Dame University

Quinnipiac University’s fourth biennial international conference on critical thinking and writing will be framed around the effects WAC and WID programs have upon the teaching of critical thinking and writing in major programs of study, general education cores, and first-year composition. To advance a collaborative dialogue about writing across and within the disciplines, we invite disciplinary faculty and writing specialists to share their experience engaging WAC and WID programs and strategies. In addition to investigating theoretical concerns, presenters are encouraged to provide practical, research-based techniques and strategies that promote critical thinking and writing in a variety of contexts across the spectrum of liberal arts and sciences, business, health sciences, communications, and education. In focusing on these effects, organizers hope to create a forum to consider several related questions:

  • How are WAC and WID programs implicated in critical thinking and writing pedagogies in the disciplines?
  • If the responsibility for critical thinking and writing is being shifted over to the departments, where does the work of writing specialists and disciplinary faculty meet?
  • Where and how might we work together in ways that support the global aims of undergraduate education and stronger learning outcomes in the majors?
  • What is critical thinking within a given disciplinary context? What does the writing look like that captures that thinking?
  • What specific writing strategies and techniques have been found to foster critical thinking and disciplinary expertise in the majors?

Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for review for publication in the inaugural edition of Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing.

For more information about New Vistas, contact Paul Pasquaretta, Director of the Quinnipiac University Research and Writing Institute, at 203-582-8509, or, or visit the website: