The WAC Summer Institute, a three-day event, will be held for the first time in June 2019 at the University of Denver. The Institute will begin with a reception on the evening of Sunday, June 23rd, and conclude after lunch on Wednesday, June 26th. Jeff Galin and Chris Anson are serving as co-chairs of the 2019 event. Doug Hesse and Richard Colby are serving as local hosts. Contact information can be found below.


Registration will open November 5, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST, and will be limited to 30 attendees. The first to register will receive a spot. A waitlist will be available. 


The $500 registration fee includes a Sunday evening reception; breakfast, lunch, and snack breaks on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and an institute dinner on Tuesday. Optional social events will be offered at an additional cost.

Rooms will be available in the residence halls at the cost of $175 for all three nights. For those wishing to stay in a hotel or other accommodations, light rail connects campus and downtown.

Who Should Attend

We have designed the Institute primarily to help new and prospective leaders of WAC/WID and similar initiatives in the US and internationally plan, develop, and assess their programs. The Institute is also designed to support experienced program directors who face new challenges or wish to update, expand, or revitalize their current programs.

What Participants Will Gain

The Institute's guiding theme is building sustainable, high-impact WAC programs. The agenda will include interactive workshops, as well as small group sessions that address issues specific to certain schools.

Mindful that in order to flourish each WAC program must fit comfortably in its own institutional context, we will help each participant develop ways to adapt general principals and strategies to the participant’s own campus.

Participants will be able to consult individually with Institute leaders and share their situations and aspirations with one another in formal and informal settings. All should expect to leave with clear goals and practical strategies for building or strengthening their own programs.


We are able to offer one graduate student scholarship. The graduate organization WAC-GO will handle the application details and will select the recipient. More information on the application process and criteria will be forthcoming on this site.

Questions? Suggestions?

We invite questions and suggestions. Please feel welcome to contact co-chairs Jeff Galin ( or Chris Anson ( or any member of the planning group listed below.

Paul Anderson

Vicki Tolar Burton

Richard Colby (local chair)

Doug Hesse (local chair)

Mike Palmquist

Alisa Russell

Terry Myers Zawacki (