WPA 2008 Workshop for WPAs

Denver, Colorado
July 6-9, 2008
Sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators in conjunction with its summer conference (July 10-13)

Join new, prospective, and continuing administrators of all varieties of writing programs—including FYC, writing centers, WAC, ESL, and basic writing—in 3 ½ days of workshopping and conversation addressing the theoretical, curricular, and political demands of our work. Topics will include:

  • What is a WPA?
  • Institutional Relationships and Politics
  • Directing Writing Programs at Different Types of Institutions
  • Program Design, Outcomes, and Goals
  • Hiring Practices, Faculty Development, and Faculty Evaluation
  • Student and Program Assessment
  • Understanding Budgets
  • Developing and Articulating Relationships with WAC Programs
  • Researching and Networking as a WPA

Participants will gather Sunday afternoon, July 6, meet daily through Wednesday afternoon, July 9, and will have the opportunity to consult individually with workshop leaders in the evenings. In the workshop, participants will be encouraged to raise issues from their own professional situations, which have in the past included liberal arts colleges, two-year colleges, regional and flagship state universities, and major research institutions.

Workshop Leaders

Chris Anson is University Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University, where he helps faculty in nine colleges to use writing and speaking in the service of students’ learning and improved communication. Prior to moving to NC State in 1999, he was Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, where he worked in the Program in Composition and Communication for fifteen years, eight as its director. He has written or edited 14 books and has published over 80 articles and book chapters. He has spoken widely across the United States and in 17 foreign countries. He is past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Susan K. Miller-Cochran is Associate Professor of English at North Carolina State University and Director of the First-Year Writing Program. Her research focuses on the uses of technology in teaching writing, especially with second language writers. Prior to her appointment at North Carolina State, Susan spent six years on the faculty at Mesa Community College, part of the Maricopa Community College District. She has published articles in Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and she is also a co-editor of Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (with Shelley Rodrigo), the Wadsworth Guide to Research (forthcoming, with Shelley Rodrigo) and NCTE’s Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition (with Duane Roen, Veronica Pantoja, Lauren Yena, and Eric Waggoner).

Questions about the workshop’s content and focus? Contact Chris Anson (chris_anson@ncsu.edu) and Susan K. Miller-Cochran (susan_miller@ncsu.edu).

Cost: $650.00
Includes all materials and 7 meals

Package Price: Workshop PLUS one institute (see below): $760.00.

Learn more about related opportunities at the main WPA 2008 Registration page.

  • Workshop Tuition Grants for Minority WPAs
  • One-day Institutes
  • WPA Workshop plus One-Day Institute
  • WPA Summer Conference, July 10-13

For more information about the 2008 WPA Conference, visit http://www.du.edu/writing/documents/WPA_informational_brochure.pdf

To register for the workshop only: