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"Writing Teachers are Writers" CWPA-High Mountain Affiliate Retreat - Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana - Nov 1-3 2013

The High Mountain Affiliate of the CWPA invites writing teachers to a weekend of writing, collaborative workshopping, and reflecting. (With Hot Springs!)

Writing teachers know the value, and scarcity, of time for writing, opportunities for collaboration to push our thinking, and space for reflecting on works in progress. Moreover, we recognize how our writing lives are enmeshed in our teaching lives; our own writing practices inform and are informed by our teaching.

This retreat brings writing teachers together to: 

Montana State University - Bozeman tenure-track (asst prof) position, rhet/comp

Rhetoric & Composition -- Assistant Professor, tenure-track

Starting date: August 16, 2013

The Department of English at Montana State University seeks an imaginative, innovative scholar/teacher to collaborate with faculty colleagues in further developing Writing Studies at MSU. The University has recently invested significant resources in the study and teaching of writing on campus, and the Department is poised to develop a national profile in this area.


Assistant Professor Administrators workshop at WPA conf

Hello, Folks --
With our sojourn to Tempe rapidly approaching, Shelley Reid and I, co-chairs of the WPA's APA SIG, wanted to again invite untenured WPAs and interested others to a professional development workshop entitled, "Untenured WPAs as Change Agents: When to Rule, When to Run, When to Hide." (It's tentatively scheduled for the Fri. 2:45-4:15 session.) The workshop will provide a forum for assistant-professor administrators to share experiences an dlearn from each other, while Barry Maid and Rita Malenczyk will serve as our Wise Pragmatist tenured-WPA perspectivists.

Computer Grading - homebrewed

Story out of Columbia, MO:
A sociology prof has designed "SAGrader" software to cut down on redundant comments he has to make on student papers. He got NSF funding to develop it. Check out the "sophisticated" feedback the program can give students (after the prof manually programs the program).

Hopefully the below link will work -- it's an AP story linked on Netscape News.