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 every day! Offered every May and December after the end of the semester.

 Fast Facts and How to Apply:

  • The December 2019 edition runs Monday, December 9 through Friday, December 13 in Hunt Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. 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.
  • Application available October 1 through November 18, 2019. The December 2019 edition of Camp Completion is full. Join us in May 2020 for the next edition!
  • 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.

December 2019 Scholars-in-Residence


Dr. Zachary Beare holds a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric from the University of Nebraska. He is currently an assistant professor of English and also serves as the associate director of first year writing at NC State University. In this capacity, he is responsible for the preparation, support, and ongoing professional development of graduate teaching assistants. Dr. Beare has a wide range of teaching and research interests. In line with his administrative appointment, he is interested in teacher development and pedagogy. Within those areas, he is especially interested in queer and feminist approaches to teaching composition, the ways that emotion and embodiment shape the work of the classroom, and curricular revisions incorporating multimodal compositions with imagined public audiences. As a secondary research interest, Dr. Beare is interested in how disciplinary knowledge-making and academic life have changed in the digital era and how academics use new media and social media technologies to talk about their work and to dialogue about important disciplinary issues.

Dr. Jo-Ann Cohen is a professor of mathematics and professor of mathematics education at North Carolina State University. She was designated a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 1992, was named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 1995, was the college-level nominee for the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000 and was the recipient of the Equity for Women Award in 2011. She co-directed the Mathematics graduate programs from 1993-1995, and along with Virginia Knight of Meredith College, created and co-directed Math Week at Meredith, a residential mathematics summer camp for young women, from 1993 to 2008. Jo-Ann was appointed as associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at NC State in 2001 and served for 15 1/2 years in that position. During her tenure she worked with colleagues across campus to develop the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Village. She served on a wide variety of college-level and university-level committees and chaired or co-chaired a number of university committees including the Council of Associate Deans, the WISE Administrative Council, the Academic Affairs Assessment Planning Team, the Summer Sessions Task Force, the Undergraduate Student Success Task Force (one of nine strategic planning task forces), and two task forces charged with the development and implementation of a structure for the Division of Academic and Student Affairs. From 2012 to 2015, she worked with colleagues across campus to ensure a smooth transition for NC State’s newest college, the College of Sciences.

Dr. Cameron Denson is an associate professor of Technology, Engineering, and Design Education in the Department of STEM Education at NC State. Dr. Denson’s research efforts are focused on the integration of engineering design into high school curricula and how this would create pathways to technical careers for individuals from historically oppressed groups. Much of his research has centered on the influence of co-curricular activities on underrepresented students’ self-efficacy, interests, and perceptions of engineering as a field and career choice. He has numerous publications and hundreds of citations of his work, in such venues as Journal of Technology Education, Journal of African American Studies, and Journal of STEM Education. In an NSF-funded project, Dr. Denson developed and tested an e-mentoring program for underrepresented students living in rural North Carolina that engaged them in peer mentoring relationships around engineering-related experiences. Prior to coming to N.C. State, Dr. Denson worked as a postdoctoral research associate with the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education at Utah State University.

Dr. Katie Homar earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently the Director of Engineering Writing Support with the Graduate School’s Professional Development Team and writing liaison to the College of Engineering. In addition to teaching composition and professional writing, she has extensive experience in individual writing consulting and certification in TESOL. Complementing her research interests in rhetoric, literature, and 19th-century culture, she has published in Chaucer Review, Studies in Romanticism, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and Rhetoric Review. She enjoys collaborating with writers across the disciplines as they achieve their academic and professional goals.

Dr. S. Ranji Ranjithan joined the civil engineering department at NC State in 1995 and is currently a full professor in CE as well as a faculty member in the operations research program. His primary areas of teaching and research focus on developing mathematical and computer-based procedures for modeling and analysis of engineering systems, and implementing these models to aid decision makers in exploring and examining solutions to complex engineering problems. Current and recent areas of application include infrastructure systems engineering, water and environmental sustainability, solid waste management, groundwater monitoring and remediation, watershed management, non-destructive testing of pavements and timber structures, and emergency evacuation management. Working in collaboration with fellow researchers, he focuses on approaching these problems from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Most of his applications research attempt to integrate systems analytic methods with different computational paradigms to develop working prototypes of engineering decision support tools.

Dr. Mahmoud Sharara received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas with the support of the University of Arkansas Doctoral Academy Fellowship. He was a postdoctoral research associate and an assistant scientist at the Biosystems Engineering Department and the Wisconsin Energy Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sharara joined the Biological and Agricultural Engineering department as assistant professor in August 2018. His work has been published in such journals as Journal of Sustainable Bioenergy Systems, Bioresource Technology, and Applied Engineering in Agriculture.

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.

Previous Scholars-in-Residence

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

May 2019: Ronisha Browdy, Elan Hope, Melvin “Jai” Jackson, Lincoln Larson, Teomara Rutherford, Jason Swarts, Wendy VanDellon, Douglas Walls

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).