2006 WPA Summer Conference, Workshop, and Institutes

Theme: Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities

July 13-16
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga , Tennessee

Register: http://wpacouncil.org/2006register

Online Program Near-final Draft: http://wpacouncil.org/WPA2006ProgramBookletDraft

TRAIN YOURSELF FOR EXCITEMENT as you make plans for participating in the 2006 WPA Conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center next July! Our theme, “Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Out for New Opportunities,” acknowledges both the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and nearby Lookout Mountain, but it also conveys the our thematic focus on the importance of continual reflection, planning, and inquiry to maintaining direction and momentum for the writing programs we lead.

The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16.

Conference sessions will include:

Conference Chair: Shirley Rose, President, Council of Writing Program Administrators
Local Chairs: Lauren Ingraham, Jennifer Beech, and James Inman

CALL FOR PAPERS: http://wpacouncil.org/node/216

Planning Information

2006 Summer Workshop and Conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Conference : Official activities begin Thursday evening, July 13, at 5:30 PM with a welcome reception/orientation and conclude Sunday, July 16, at 10:00 AM after the Town Hall Meeting. Plenary Speakers include Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ohio State University, on Thursday evening; Chris Anson, Past President of CWPA, North Carolina State University, on Friday; and Pam Childers, former President of the National Writing Center Association, The McCallie School in Chattanooga, on Saturday.

Workshop : Workshop participants gather Sunday afternoon, July 9, and meet all day every day through Wednesday evening, July 12. Workshop leaders Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva University) and Greg Glau (Arizona State University) will also be available for one-to-one consultations in the evenings and (for workshop participants not attending an institute) on Thursday morning. For more information about the workshop, go to http://wpacouncil.org/node/263

Assessment Institute and Technology Institute : These day-long institutes will be held on Thursday, July 13, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch included. If institutes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, registration fees will be refunded. Assessment Institute: http://wpacouncil.org/node/396 Technology Institute: http://wpacouncil.org/node/395


Early bird deadline is May 15; add $30 to registration cost for each event after May 15.

Register: http://wpacouncil.org/node/394 For information about the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn and convention Center, go to http://www.choochoo.com/ Members of underrepresented minorities are invited to apply for grants to support their attendance at the WPA Summer Workshop. To find out more about the WPA Fund for the Support of Minority Writing Program Administrators, go to http://wpacouncil.org/node/224.

  • Panels on WPA research and issues of concern
  • SIGs for graduate student and untenured WPAs
  • Sessions on making connections between secondary and post-secondary writing teaching and research
  • Content development sessions for WPA’s Network for Media Action, CompFAQs, and the WPA website
  • Poster presentations on writing program innovations
  • Exhibits of current scholarship and teaching materials

Plenary Speakers

Jacqueline Jones Royster is Professor of English and Executive Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University. Former Chair of the CCCC, she has won the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for Best Book in the Teaching of English and the Braddock Award for best article in College Composition and Communication in 2001. In her plenary talk focused on "Looking Back," Royster will reflect on her work as a WPA at Spelman College in the early years of her career.

Chris M. Anson is Professor of English and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University. He has served on the NCTE Board of Directors, the CCCC Executive Committee and numerous other committees for the CCCC, and was program co-chair of the NCTE Global Conference on Language and Literacy (2000, Utrecht, Netherlands). As the Immediate Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, Anson will speak on "Looking Forward" as WPAs individually and collectively.

Pamela B. Childers is the Caldwell Chair of Composition at the McCallie School in Chattanooga. An active member of NCTE, MLA, and other professional organizations, she is currently serving on the Executive Board of the International Writing Centers Association. She has written numerous articles and books related to her work with Writing Centers and Writing Across the Curriculum in Secondary Schools, and is a frequent consultant and leader of workshops on related issues. Childers' talk will focus on "Looking Out for New Opportunities," particularly opportunities for making connections between secondary and post-secondary writing curricula.

Professional development and mini-workshops

In addition to plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions, the program will include professional development mini-workshops on such topics as Documenting a Writing Program, Preparing an Administrative Portfolio/WPA Promotion Case, and Planning for Publishing Program Research. Ask your department chair or dean for funding to attend these mini-workshops.

  • Housing at Holiday Inn Choo Choo: $118/per single or double room/per night, plus tax Call 1-800-872-2529 or reserve online at www.choochoo.com. Use group booking code WPA.
  • Conference Registration early bird $200 (includes 6 meals)
  • Workshop Registration: early bird $630 (includes 10 meals)
  • Assessment or Technology Institute Registration: early bird $125 (includes lunch)
  • Workshop PLUS Institute Package Price: $675

Other 2006 WPA Conference Documents

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