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.

 Fast Facts and How to Apply:

  • The December 2018 edition runs December 10 through December 14 in Hunt Library 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.
  • 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 October 1 through November 21, 2018. The application period for the December 2018 edition is now closed. Contact Graduate Writing Services for more information or to register for the May 2019 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 2018 Scholars-in-Residence (listed alphabetically)


Dr. Zachary Beare is an Assistant Professor of English and a specialist in the field of rhetoric and composition. Here at NC State, Dr. Beare serves as the Associate Director of First-Year Writing, a role that allows him to provide mentorship and professional development to graduate students who teach in the First-Year Writing Program. Dr. Beare teaches graduate courses in composition history, theory, and pedagogy. His scholarship focuses on teacher identity and teacher development, and he is especially interested in how emotion and embodiment shape the work of the classroom. Dr. Beare is currently engaged in a qualitative research project that involves interviewing scholars in the field of rhetoric and composition about the practical and emotional dimensions of drafting, submitting, and revising scholarly work for publication.

Dr. Jennifer Burgess earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University as recently as May 2018 and is currently an Assistant Professor of English specializing in Professional Writing at Meredith College. Her dissertation focused on the rhetorical practices and performances of late nineteenth and early twentieth century American women as deployed through their business, professional, and technical writing. Dr. Burgess has won numerous awards for her teaching and research, including the Professional Equity Grant from the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the Kitty O. Locker award for excellence in Business Communication. She is currently at work on a co-edited book collection about feminist historiography and archival research in composition.

Dr. Michael Carter is Professor of English specializing in rhetoric and composition, science writing, and writing in the disciplines. He is also Associate Dean of the NC State Graduate School, in which capacity he runs outcomes assessment for all NC State graduate programs and mentors doctoral student winners of the Dissertation Completion Grant. His 2007 article on how disciplinary writing practices reflect disciplinary epistemologies has been cited more than 400 times in print and is one of the best known publications of the Writing in the Disciplines movement. His most recent published work in the journal Written Communication addresses rhetorical moves in science article introductions, and he is currently working on a collaborative article about perceptions of mentoring relationships and practices held by faculty mentors and their graduate student advisees.

Dr. DeLeon Gray is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at North Carolina State University. Dr. Gray also holds an appointment as Mentor Faculty in the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee for the American Psychological Association’s Educational Psychology Division (Division 15). He is also on the Editorial Board for four journals, including the Journal of Educational Psychology. So far, Dr. Gray has secured over 2 million dollars in funding to support his research program, which examines how adolescents and emerging adults perceive and interpret their social encounters in academic contexts. He has received numerous awards and honors for his research and his community outreach, including the (RiSE-UP) Research on Socially and Economically Underrepresented Populations Award from the Association for Psychological Science, a prestigious dissertation fellowship from the Spencer Foundation, and the 2013 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Human Development from the AERA. He was also featured as one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s 100 men of color who promote excellence in their fields.

Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson is a native of Detroit, Michigan and began her academic career at Hampton University in Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Science in English Secondary Education with Summa Cum Laude distinction. She went on to receive her Master’s and Ph.D. in English Composition from Wayne State University in 2004. While pursuing her Ph.D., she was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses on multicultural literacy. Since joining the faculty at North Carolina Central University in 2004 as an assistant professor, she has become the Director of the Writing Studio, coordinates the campus-wide Writing Intensive Program, and has served on the executive boards of the International Writing Center Association, the Southeastern Writing Center Association, the Council of Writing Program Administrators. In May 2015, she received a University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition, she was a facilitator at the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) Summer Institute in 2009, 2016, and 2018. She maintains an active research agenda on the interrelated notions of literacy, race, and identity in the writing classroom, and more recently she has focused on composition instruction and writing centers at HBCUs and on how writing center tutorials can impact student success.

Dr. David Ollis is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, where he studies photocatalytic remediation, which involves the use of light-activated semiconductor oxide catalysts to treat and purify contaminated water and air. His research has been funded by the NSF and he has more than 200 publications in venues such as the Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and the Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, and many others. Research Gate shows his work has been cited more than 14,000 times. He is currently at work on photocatalysts for self-cleaning of office windows and self-sterilizing surfaces for hospitals.

Dr. Penny Pasque joined NC State in July 2017 as professor and department chair of the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development. Before coming to NC State, she was the O’Brien Presidential Professor of Adult and Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Oklahoma, as well as a core faculty member for Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the Center for Social Justice. Her nearly 100 publications address qualitative inquiry, educational equity and diversity, indigenous methodologies, and the relationships between higher education and society. She has received dozens of research grants and awards throughout her academic career, including Diamond Honoree from the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the Advocate Award from ACPA’s Standing Committees, and in November 2018 received the high honor of being named ACPA Senior Scholar. Her most recent book is Qualitative Inquiry in Higher Education Organization and Policy Research, which she co-edited with Vicente M. Lechuga.

Dr. Stacey Pigg is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Professional Writing Program at NC State. She researches the digital and networked writing practices that shape work, learning, and engagement, and has published scholarship in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Written Communication. Dr. Pigg enjoys working with graduate students to plan, organize, and revise their writing and does so often in her rhetoric and digital communication courses. In her role as the Director of the Professional Writing Program, Dr. Pigg mentors teaching assistants for technical, business, and science writing courses and works to help students across the university improve their writing skills.

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. She also oversees the Writing and Speaking tutorial programs.

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).