Below you will find minutes from previous MI-WPA meetings.
MI-WPA Affiliate Meeting Minutes
February 4, 2019: 10-11 am
- Update from CWPA Affiliate Committee
Amy: January meeting w/other CWPA affiliates around U.S. report
- Initiatives and Ideas
Recruitment and inclusion: how do we get more people to our conferences? Included in other activities? Ideas: webinars, regional workshops, shared conference materials online
Amy: back to committee by the end of this week, looking for suggestions
Rachel: add specific line re: what regional coordinators do, if it’s to serve as a possible model for other affiliates
- Agenda Setting for 2019
- Finalize Mission Statement
Logan: three action verbs will be useful to website
Amy: other feedback?
Rachel: WPA acronym spell out?
Do we assume everyone is an administrator or a director? “Coordinate” and “teach” are added
Megan / Mark: want to also name what we mean by “writing programs” (adding list, first-year writing, professional writing, writing centers, writing minors and majors)
- Roll-Out Recruiting Efforts
- Update Website
Logan: what do we want to prioritize?
Amy: (primary) position descriptions and mission statement; (secondary) officers and Corridors
Amy: ready to go, once terms are staggered for officers
Liz: do we want to stagger regional coordinators, too?
- Head shots: do we want images? Yes. Need to send to Logan.
Need: images from others
- Bios from Coordinators
Have bios from officers who are not coordinators
Minutes on the website? Every month? Yes.
Corridors as part of our site?
Amy: past conference links
Megan: could also add Corridors history + “how to” regional conference from presentation from Derek Mueller and Steve Krause (at EMU)
Amy: Any other changes? None.
Logan: who will receive notification when people join? Can use MI-WPA gmail account for form, will get notifications and/or Logan will check once a week
- Target Completion Dates
- Website Updates: new by-laws, mission statement on home page, minutes and agenda, Corridors (previous Corridors + history), headshots and bios, position description, Google Form on MI-WPA account
By mid-March? Logan will carve out time to work on March 1, by 5 p.m.
All other revisions and materials submitted by February 22
- Send out Recruitment Emails: don’t need to wait for website to be updated
Rachel: who’s sending? Do we want a deadline for that? Megan and Amy will decide. By end of February? Send to existing MI roster, WPA-L, Facebook, Twitter, social media, etc.
iii. Updated Roster/Google Group: by end of March, after recruitment email has gone out
- Next Steps
Amy: How to keep people engaged between the time they sign up and Corridors?
Add to agenda for next meeting: how to keep active and keep folks invested?
Rachel: how to balance what we know/think would be useful and what people say they want and have to offer (from the membership form)
- Update on Corridors?
Megan: committee of folks at Oakland have met again; CFP and website ready end of April, beginning of May, will be online; save the date flier in a couple of weeks w/conference theme
What venues to publicize? MI-WPA roster, Corridors Facebook page (Steve Krause and Scott K. moderators), WPA-L
- Panel at CWPA this summer in Baltimore? (call for proposals)
Panel on MI-WPA?
Likely already a panel re: affiliates at the national level (from different regions)
Rachel: might be a possible idea to reach out to Derek at Virginia Tech and/or others at EMU or MSU to talk about the history of Corridors and the affiliate, and a current member of MI-WPA could talk about the revamp
- New Business
- Next meeting?
Week of March 25
By then, we will have reached out to the roster with the mission statement + form to join; so we will have a populated form with some answers to the questions “what do you need” and “what do you want to offer”
Rachel: Doodle for that week
MI-WPA Board Meeting
September 7, 2018
Google Hangout, 12-1pm (ET):
Amy Ferdinandt Stolley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Megan Schoen (email@example.com)
Logan Bearden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rachel Gramer (email@example.com)
Jeff Pruchnic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Derek Mueller (email@example.com)
Scott Kowalewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Update from Scott about Corridors Conference
36 presenters, 14 talk sessions, 4 roundtables, 4 make-do sessions
Similar size as previous years
Plenary speaker TBA soon, with title for talk
Hotel/lodging accommodations + final schedule coming next week, too
Phase 2 descriptions/details due next week
Encourage folks to register
For MI WPA: roundtable space available for us on Saturday (see #5 below)
- Update from board members about action items from last meeting
Web presence (http://miwpa.emuenglish.org/)
Logan’s questions for us:
- Other coordinators? Exec members listed as coordinators?
- Head shots?
- What else do we want to add?
- Design suggestions?
Role of coordinators?
By-laws say coordinators appointed as needed
Coordinators initially “bought-in” folks
Could be individual programs/institutions who are receptive
Some folks Derek suggested might be bought-in
Brian Gogan at WMU
Daniel Lawson who directs the writing center at CMU
Stephanie Roach at UM-Flint
Could also be regional
Could discuss at Corridors during Friday and/or Saturday times
Wouldn’t necessarily post on website if folks are on more of an ad-hoc committee status
Coordinator positions not overdetermined, also don’t have to be permanent beyond 6 months or so
Could be a means of rotating in future exec members
Can reach out to short list (rather than deep end) of folks who have expressed interest since our compilation of email list (Amy)
Yes–which means we need to send photos to Logan (all)
Things to add to website
Places to share meeting minutes publicly (Logan)
Any updates about status of CWPA Affiliate Committee?
Not on the current list of affiliates produced this year
Megan wanted to address during CWPA Town Hall, but was not able to do so during that time
Affiliate being “official” seems less of a priority for CWPA
Will try to reach out to Marc (Amy at Corridors, and/or Megan will continue to try to find out)
None at this time
- Agenda Setting for MI-WPA Meeting (Draft of Agenda here)
Revisions to Bylaws? Re-Adoption of Bylaws?
Amy’s agenda draft approved by all
Previous agendas: meetings were late afternoon
Could do late afternoon, early evening, evening
Not sure who is likely/planning to attend meeting
Afternoon meeting might work better for folks who are closer and who want to drive home on Friday evening (whether coming on Saturday or not)
Location: Scott reserving location w/tech set-up and movable furniture/flex space
Virtual participation options for the meeting
Scott can provide space with tech + set-up for inviting folks virtually
SVSU switching platforms for group video conference; could also use Google Hangout (accessible, familiar)
Publicizing MI-WPA Meeting
Amy reaching out to listserv and smaller group of interested folks
Can send link to website along with email invite
Could send to roster? Some folks on roster *not* on listserv
Megan sending to roster (once we have room location from Scott)
Could use Google Groups, more flexible and accessible than listserv through MSU
Can add Communication preferences to Friday meeting agenda
- Developing a Talk/Collaborate Session on Saturday for Corridors–could be framed as Make/Do
Possible ideas for use of that time:
Open space/time for talking with other WPA folks
Recap/sharing out from Friday meeting
Sketch out plan for communicating with folks
Work session, writing emails to folks (more of a Make/Do Session)
Scott can/will create session on schedule as a Make/Do WPA session
Session B, around 10-10:25 a.m.
Amy starting draft of Phase 2 description for program schedule
- New Business