2006 WPA Technology Institute

2006 Technology Institute University of Tennessee at Chattanooga July 13, 2006

Sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators in conjunction with its summer conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel Chattanooga, Tennessee July 13-16, 2006 Join writing program administrators from around the country in this day-long institute just prior to the 2006 WPA Summer Conference. The focus of this year's institute is multi-media/mixed-media composing in writing programs. Led by Darsie Bowden and Peter Vandenberg, participants will address such concerns as:

  • Identifying technical support needs (instructional spaces, IT staff, etc.)
  • Developing mixed-media assignments
  • Assessing student projects
  • Publicizing/explaining the rationale for multi-media composing to the writing program's constituents

Darsie Bowden is Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at DePaul University in Chicago. Professor Bowden earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinema and a PhD. in Rhetoric and Linguistics and Literature from the University of Southern California, and has published two books, The Mythology of Voice (Boynton/Cook 1999) and Writing for Film: the Basics of Screenwriting (forthcoming from Erlbaum).

Peter Vandenberg is Professor of English and Director of the MA in New Media Studies at DePaul University, where he teaches courses in composition theory and the rhetoric of design. Professor Vandenberg is co-editor of Relations, Locations, Positions (NCTE, 2006) and Keywords in Composition Studies (Boynton/Cook, 1996). His recent publications include essays in College English, JAC, Reflections, and Writing on the Edge. He has designed multimedia for Rhetoricians for Peace and The Rhetoric and Composition Sound Archives.

Together Bowden and Vandenberg operate SPAN, a production company focused on the composition of multimedia projects of interest to teachers and scholars. SPAN has produced a number of projects, including public service announcements and the film WPA: Past, Present and Future, which will have its premier screening at the 2006 WPA Conference in Chattanooga.

Cost: $125 by May 15 (includes lunch and breaks); $155 after May 15. Institute tuition includes all materials, plus lunch and breaks. Please register early, as enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Register for the Technology Institute: http://wpacouncil.org/node/394