Volunteer for an OWCA Committee

OWCA members can serve on one of our committees, according to their interests and skill sets. Committee positions do not have set term limits; instead time commitments for individual committee projects will be agreed upon by the committee chair and committee members. Each committee is chaired by 1-2 OWCA Executive Board Members.

To inquire about joining a committee, please contact that committee’s email address below. The committee chair will let you know if the committee can take additional members at that time.

Diversity & Social Justice Committee

The Diversity & Social Justice Committee champions diversity efforts in other committees and develop social justice resources for OWCA. The committee broadly understands social justice in the context of Jones & Walton (2018), where social justice is invested in advocating for and amplifying the “agency of oppressed people–those who are materially, socially, politically, and/or economically under-resourced” in ways that center “a collaborative, respectful approach that moves past description and exploration…to taking action to redress inequities” (p. 242). The committee recognizes the ambiguity and appropriation of the term “Social Justice” and seek to conduct specific, actionable work centering marginalized groups.

Diversity and Social Justice Committee projects in 2021 have included helping draft the OWCA’s Commitment to Anti-Racism, reviewing the OWCA’s by-laws for equity and inclusion, assisting the Conference Committee in reviewing conference proposals in an impartial manner, and creating a demographic survey to be distributed among current OWCA members. Annual projects include attending the OWCA’s Conference and reporting on inclusivity concerns. In the future, we hope to expand the reach of our Committee’s work within the writing center community.

Current Chair: Paula Rawlins

Contact the Diversity & Social Justice Committee: diversity@onlinewritingcenters.org

Accessibility Committee

The Accessibility Committee champions accessibility efforts in other committees and develops accessibility resources for OWCA. In 2021, their 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.

Current Chair: Brooke Hessler

Contact the Accessibility Committee: access@onlinewritingcenters.org

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is not recruiting members at this time. The OWCA Executive Board is reconsidering the frequency of our conferences and will need to make a decision before recruiting committee members or accepting applications for a committee chair and co-chair. The Board’s decision will be announced in early 2022.

The Conference Committee plans and organizes OWCA’s virtual conferences. In 2021, the committee planned a conference from October 4-8. The committee wrote the call for proposals, reviewed proposals, and created the conference schedule. They helped host writing sessions to support people who were writing conference proposals or people who were creating their presentation materials. They also advised on the conference website and facilitated sessions during the conference.

Current Chair: Anna Shapland

Contact the Conference Committee: conference@onlinewritingcenters.org

Virtual Events Committee

The Virtual Events Committee (VEC) schedules and facilitates small virtual events for OWCA members and the wider writing center community. 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. The committee is 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.

Current Chair: Megan Boeshart

Contact the Virtual Events Committee: events@onlinewritingcenters.org

Mentoring & Resources Committee

The Mentoring & Resources Committee coordinates the OWCA mentoring program and develops resources to support mentoring in OWC work. In 2021, the Mentoring & Resources committee has been focused on two initiatives: (1) re-envisioning the OWCA mentoring program and (2) re-assessing our scholarship archive. For the mentoring program, the committee explored non-hierarchical forms of mentoring and decided to develop a group mentoring program that will begin in January of 2022. The committee has also discussed the best tags for the scholarship archive and ideas for special collections the committee could put together.

Current Chairs: Beth Nastachowski and Luke Shackelford

Contact the Mentoring & Resources Committee: mentoring@onlinewritingcenters.org

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee represents and connects with other associations, organizations, and affiliations to promote partnerships and the OWCA.  Currently, the committee is working to determine related associations, organizations, or IWCA affiliates, secure liaison representation at related associations, plan attendance at upcoming 2022 events, and work on a feasible strategy for liaison work moving forward.

The committee is still looking for liaisons for the following IWCA affiliates and organizations:

International Affiliates

U.S. Regional Affiliates

Other Organizations

Current Chair: Sarah Prince

Contact the Liaison Committee: liaison@onlinewritingcenters.org