Serve on an OWCA Committee

OWCA members can apply to serve on one or more 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 at least 1 OWCA Executive Board Member. OWCA members can also serve as co-chairs when needed. Watch our recent special interest group (SIG) below to meet the current Executive Board and learn more about our committees:


Long-Term Committees

OWCA has 6 long-term committees. You can read about their responsibilities below.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Assist the organization with recruiting and retaining OWCA members and leaders with diverse identities, experiences, perspectives, and research interests
  2. Review organization resources, event topics/design, nomination procedures, bylaws, and other areas for inclusivity
  3. Share and develop resources to assist professionals in embedding social justice into online writing center training, pedagogy, and research
  4. Suggest presenters and event topics to the Virtual Events Committee
  5. Propose and assist in the development of diversity and inclusion initiatives
  6. Propose and review organization position statements
  7. Create and maintain job aides for future committee members

Accessibility Committee

The Accessibility Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Advise on the accessibility of the OWCA website, resources, events, and other areas of the organization
  2. Create and maintain accessibility guides for other OWCA committees and for presenters and attendees of OWCA events
  3. Create edited closed captions and transcripts for recorded events
  4. Edit presentation materials submitted to the scholarship archive for accessibility
  5. Work with the Virtual Events Committee to implement effective practices for accessible presentations
  6. Propose and review organization position statements
  7. Create and maintain job aides for future committee members

Virtual Events Committee

The Virtual Events Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Schedule and host regular virtual events
  2. Set up virtual participation at onsite events
  3. Provide technical support to presenters and attendees
  4. Submit proposals for special interest groups on online writing center work at the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) conference and similar events
  5. Record all events and make recordings available to the Accessibility Committee and Website and Communication Committee
  6. Maintain event registration and attendance lists
  7. Work with the Diversity Committee and Liaison Committee to recruit presenters
  8. Work with the Website and Communication Committee to advertise events
  9. Work with the Accessibility Committee and presenters to implement effective practices for accessible presentations
  10. Create and maintain job aides for future committee members

Website and Communication Committee

The Website and Communication Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Manage and update the OWCA website on a timely basis
  2. Research website plugins and applications that will offer additional features for Officers and members
  3. Work with the accessibility committee to make the OWCA website accessible to all users
  4. Compile and maintain reports on website statistics
  5. Initiate community and discussion with OWCA members
  6. Work with the Vice President to increase membership and visibility of the organization
  7. Maintain OWCA logos and branding
  8. Create and maintain job aides for future committee members

Mentoring and Resources Committee

The Mentoring and Resources Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate the OWCA mentorship program and serve as mentors
  2. Increase visibility of the OWCA mentorship program
  3. Solicit content contributions, training materials, or other resources
  4. Develop OWCA resources, such as training materials, suggested readings, and content videos
  5. Work with the Website and Communication Committee to add and update entries in the OWC scholarship database
  6. Propose virtual events, in collaboration with the Virtual Event Committee
  7. Create and maintain job aides for future committee members

Liaison Committee

The Liaison Committee will include OWCA members who are also members of other relevant associations or organizations. The Liaison Committee has the following responsibilities:

  1. Attend annual conferences or events hosted by related associations or organizations
  2. Document OWC-related issues, concerns, barriers, and reflections from affiliate constituents, to be presented to the Executive Board
  3. Promote OWCA to affiliate constituents engaging in online writing center work
  4. Suggest presenters from other affiliates to the Virtual Events Committee
  5. Work with the Website and Communication Committee to promote related events hosted by IWCA and other affiliate organizations
  6. Act as liaison between OWCA and their designated affiliate
  7. Create and maintain job aides for future committee members

Short-Term Committees

OWCA will soon create additional short-term committees for developing our 2021 virtual conference and for crafting position statements. Committee chairs will determine the responsibilities of these committees.

Want to Join a Committee?

Committees will begin after we have assigned committee chairs in January 2021.

If you’d like to be notified when our committees begin recruiting, please fill out the form below. Please note that committee chairs may request a statement of interest or other application materials from you at that time.