Camp Completion

Camp Completion is an intensive week-long retreat designed to help advanced graduate students make significant progress toward the completion of their theses, capstone projects, or dissertations. Camp Completion offers five days of dedicated writing time, opportunities to get feedback from expert writers and researchers, and short activities geared toward managing the dissertation project, developing productive writing habits and strategies, and communicating research to diverse audiences. Camp Completion also provides lunch, coffee, and snacks every day! Offered every May and December after the end of the semester.

Fill out the application for May 2019

 Fast Facts and How to Apply:

  • The May 2019 edition runs Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17 in Talley Student Union from 8:30 AM to 4 PM Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to noon on Friday.
  • Camp Completion is open to masters and doctoral candidates in any discipline who are at the thesis/dissertation/capstone/prospectus writing stage of their program.
  • Participating requires a fully refundable $50 motivational deposit to hold your seat. Drop a check off at the Graduate School on Centennial Campus, send it via campus mail to box 7102, or send it via USPS to 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh NC 27695.
  • Applications available through May 1, 2019.
  • Attendance at Camp Completion requires permission from your advisor, PI, or dissertation director. We ask that you obtain permission so that your advisor/PI will release you from the lab and other duties during this time.

May 2019 Scholars-in-Residence (listed alphabetically)

Dr. Ronisha Browdy joined the English department at North Carolina State University in 2017 as assistant professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University. Her research focuses on Black women’s rhetorical and literacy practices, particularly how Black women use language and other communicative methods to name, define, and give meaning to their identities. Her research includes engaging Black women’s practices of self-definition within everyday contexts and private settings, as well as more public acts of self-determination employed by Black women within popular culture. Her work has been published in Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning, and Women & Language.

Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson completed an MA at Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric at Syracuse University. Her research examines the social histories of literacy and cultural rhetorics, in particular how these practices develop and respond to oppression. Dr. Epps-Robertson is committed to making her research and findings applicable to our communities. Her first book, Resisting Brown: Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the Heart of Virginia, was published in 2018 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The book examines a literacy program designed to serve a community that closed public schools from 1959-1964 to oppose integration. She is currently at work on a second book which investigates rhetorical education in the Black community during Reconstruction and the implications of that moment for contemporary conversations about race and citizenship.

Dr. Elan Hope takes an assets-based approach to exploring the factors that promote academic, civic, and psychological well-being for racially marginalized adolescents and emerging adults. Dr. Hope has two primary lines of research: 1) Examining psychological and contextual factors related to education, schooling, and academic well-being for underrepresented racial minority students. 2) Investigating how sociopolitical attitudes, beliefs, and experiences (e.g., justice, discrimination, efficacy) relate to civic engagement from early adolescence into emerging adulthood. Her numerous publications have appeared in such venues as Educational Psychologist, Journal of Adolescent Research, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and The Journal of Community Psychology.

Dr. Melvin (Jai) Jackson is a proud North Carolina native and graduate of Appalachian State University where he received degrees in both business administration and counseling. He earned his doctorate in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis from Louisiana State University and currently serves as the Director for Graduate Student Support Services for the NC State College of Education. Prior to joining NC State University, he served as the Department Chair and senior faculty member at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Lincoln Larson uses a variety of social science methods to understand human-environment interactions and address natural resource management and conservation issues. His human dimensions research questions and projects focus on three broad themes (natural resource management and conservation, outdoor recreation and health, and environmental education and stewardship) that are designed to help scientists, land managers, and the general public understand, communicate, and collaboratively respond to emerging challenges facing parks and protected areas. Dr. Larson’s work has appeared in a range of journals including Biological Conservation, Environment and Behavior, Landscape and Urban Planning, Ecosystem Services, and PLOS ONE.

Dr. Teomara (Teya) Rutherford is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. She received her PhD in Learning, Cognition, and Development from University of California, Irvine, her JD from Boston University School of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Computers in the Classroom from Florida International University. Dr. Rutherford’s work focuses on the ways that digital environments can support student learning and motivation and how analysis of student interactions within these environments can provide insight into learning and developmental processes. In 2019, Dr. Rutherford was awarded an NSF CAREER grant to examine these interactions among students in upper elementary school as they play a year-long digital mathematics software. Her other work investigates topics related to coding and computational thinking in elementary students, online learning in K-12 and university students, and the evaluation of educational programs, especially those featuring educational technology.

Dr. Wendy VanDellon directs the NC State Writing Center, which serves undergraduate and graduate students across the disciplines. Dr. VanDellon earned her BA in English from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York; her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Ohio University; and her Ph.D. in Composition from the University of New Hampshire. She has tutored in two different tutoring centers as a writing center assistant, worked with a writing across the curriculum program, taught a variety of classes, and overseen several local publications.

Dr. Douglas M. Walls is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His research interests are in digital rhetorics and user experience (UX) particularly in social networks and social justice contexts. His work has appeared in both traditional and new media forms in Computers and Composition, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and The Journal of Business and Technical Communication. He is the co-editor of Social Writing/Social Media: Publics, Presentations, and Pedagogies published by the WAC Clearinghouse. His article “Access(ing) the Coordination of Writing Networks,” (Walls, 2015) received Honorable Recognition for the 2016 Ellen Nold Award for the Best Article in Computers and Composition Studies while his 2017 article “The Professional Work of ‘Unprofessional’ Tweets: Microblogging Career Situations in African American Hush Harbors,” was nominated for Best Article Reporting Qualitative or Quantitative Research in Technical or Scientific Communication for 2017.

Previous Scholars-in-Residence

December 2018: Zachary Beare, Jennifer Burgess, Michael Carter, DeLeon Gray, Karen Keaton Jackson, David Ollis, Penny Pasque, Stacey Pigg

Questions and More Information

Direct any questions about Camp Completion to Dr. Shannon Madden, Director of Graduate Writing.

Note: NC State’s Camp Completion is adapted from Camp Completion at the University of Oklahoma, established by Dr. Michele Eodice and the award-winning OU Writing Center (used with permission).