The OWCA is accepting applications and nominations for the following Officer positions on the Executive Board. Terms begin in January 2022. Please click the links below to learn more about each position and submit an application or nomination:
- Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair
- Accessibility Co-Chair
- Virtual Events Co-Chair
- Student Representative
- Website Coordinator
- Grant Coordinator
The current OWCA Executive Board recently hosted a Meet and Greet that further explained each of the open Board positions. The recording is below:
Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair
The Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair serves a 2-year term as a voting member of the Executive Board. They help to chair the OWCA Diversity & Social Justice Committee.
The Diversity and Social Justice Committee seeks a Co-Chair interested in helping initiate, energize, and lead the OWCA’s engagement in social justice work and human rights advocacy within the writing center community. The Diversity and Social Justice Co-Chair will be a voting member of the Executive Board who, along with the Chair of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee, coordinates tasks and deadlines for the Committee and assists the Diversity and Social Justice Chair with fulfilling their duties, including serving in place of the Diversity and Social Justice Chair in their absence.
This position is suitable for those with a commitment and drive to generate, organize, and maintain new projects for the Committee. Anyone who possesses a passion for social justice work, including but not limited to anti-racist practice, queer activism, and disability justice, is encouraged to apply. While we value engagement and interest in writing center work, our primary requirement is in your interest in social justice, equity, and community building.
The Accessibility Co-Chair serves a 2-year term as a voting member of the Executive Board. They help to chair the OWCA Accessibility Committee.
The OWCA Accessibility Committee is seeking a Co-Chair to co-imagine, research, develop, and lead new and ongoing projects that foster accessible practices in online writing centers and within OWCA. In 2021, our work included developing resources and providing one-on-one mentoring to help people create more accessible conference proposals and presentations. Upcoming activities include: observing and reporting on the accessibility of the OWCA virtual conference to identify lessons learned and to make recommendations for events; researching and developing additional resources, workshops, and webinars; and drafting a formal statement on OWCA’s commitment to accessibility that can guide our work.
Virtual Events Co-Chair
The Virtual Events Co-Chair serves a 2-year term as a voting member of the Executive Board. They help to chair the OWCA Virtual Events Committee (VEC).
The VEC schedules and hosts regular virtual events related to online writing center work. This work includes recruiting presenters, advertising and planning the events, providing technical support to attendees and presenters, providing accessible recordings and materials from events, and collaborating with other committees on various projects. The past year, the VEC has hosted several events including pop-up writing consultation events focused around the OWCA conference and a webinar. We are currently working on hosting a bi-monthly reading club and quarterly webinars. The committee is dedicated to hosting events that can be attended as professional development for both writing center administrators and tutors.
Student Representatives serve 1-year terms as voting members of the Executive Board. They represent the interests/needs of secondary school, undergraduate, and/or graduate students who research, implement, or practice online writing support. Student Representatives serve on an OWCA committee of their choosing and have the flexibility to initiate projects within OWCA and assist other OWCA Officers, depending on their interests and professional goals.
The Website Coordinators serve 2-year terms as voting members of the Executive Board. They manage the OWCA website and OWCA membership software, in addition to creating and maintaining detailed documentation for future Website Coordinators. The Website Coordinator will receive extensive training on the OWCA website backend, membership software, basic HTML, and digital accessibility principles.
The Grant Coordinator serves a 2-year term as a voting member of the Executive Board. They find grant opportunities and submit grant applications for OWCA, in addition to creating and maintaining detailed documentation for future Grant Coordinators. The Grants Coordinator can also propose and lead short-term OWCA committees, when needed, to meet specific grant deadlines.