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Representing the Council of Writing Program Administrators

As President of WPA, I was invited to participate in the CCCC featured session panel "Who Represents English Studies? Whom Does English Studies Represent? A Public Conversation" (Session I). I'm pasting in a copy of my prepared remarks here. I'd appreciate hearing from any who want to take the conversation further.

Proposals for 2007 WPA Conference AND for WPA at MLA 2007 are both due March 12

Proposals for the 2007 WPA conference in Tempe (July 12-15) are due March 12. After that date, proposals will be accepted on a space-available basis only. Proposals may be submitted here:

Proposals for presentations to be included in the sessions the council of Writing Program Administrators sponsors at the modern language Association's annual convention are also due March 12. The call for proposals for WPA at MLA 2007 in Chicago is here:

We're eager to hear about your work.

Shirley Rose


2007 MLA Division on Teaching as a Profession: Due March 9

Call for Proposals for 2007 MLA Convention Division on Teaching as a Profession

Session 1 The Undergraduate Student as Scholar

How is research effectively integrated into undergraduate capstone courses/upper-level seminars? How might we envision undergrads as scholars? How can upper-level courses be structured/ reconceived to create student scholars?

Abstracts of 250 words to Laura Behling at by March 9, 2007


WPA 2007 Election Results

I am pleased to announce the results of the 2007 WPA Elections for Executive Board Members and Vice-President

Elected for 3-year terms on the Executive Board, July 2007-June 2010:

Eli Goldblatt, Temple University

Jeffrey Andelora, Mesa Community College

Barbara L'Eplattenier, U of Arkansas, Little Rock

Elected to a two-year term as Vice-President beginning July 2007, to subsequently advance to President, and thereafter to Immediate Past President:

2007 Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) Conference: CFP due April 20; conference is Oct. 4-6

The 2007 Feminism(s) & Rhetoric(s) conference invites proposals on civic discourse, feminisms, and rhetorics. The conference draws inspiration from the 50th anniversary of Little Rock’s Central High School integration, the Clinton Presidential Library, Heifer Project International & the Clinton School for Public Service.

For conference information, go to

Submit your abstracts online— and click Proposal Submission Deadline: April 20, 2007

Register for the conference online— and click Conference Registration


WPA Journal Welcomes New Editorial Team

WPA Journal Welcomes New Editorial Team

The Council of Writing Program Administrators is pleased to announce the appointment of the 2007-2009 Editorial Team for our journal, WPA: Writing Program Administration.

The new Managing Editors are Deirdre Pettipiece (Cheyney University of Pennsylvania), William Macauley, Jr. (The College of Wooster), and Timothy Ray (West Chester University of Pennsylvania). The editorial team officially took the helm this January and will oversee the publication of issue 31.1-2 (Fall/Winter 2007) through issue 33.3 (Spring 2009).

Deirdre Pettipiece is the Director of WAC and Chairperson of Communication and Modern Languages at Cheyney University, and was formerly Writing Program Coordinator and Director of the Writing Center. She has been a member of the Executive Editorial Board for Making Connections. Deirdre will be responsible for Submissions and Editorial Correspondence. William Macauley is Director of the Writing Center at Wooster and is an editor of Open Words: Access and English Studies. Timothy Ray is Assistant Professor of Writing at West Chester University and is currently guest editor and webmaster of College Literature. Tim is the Production Editor. Lori Salem (Temple University) will serve as Co- Book Editor with Jeanne Marie Rose (Penn State Berks), who will join her as Co-Editor in July. The Managing Editors will be assisted by Eli Goldblatt (Temple University) and the large and diverse panel of WPA scholars who serve as the journal’s Editorial Board.

December 2006: 30th Anniversary of WPA at MLA

Dear WPA Members and Friends:

If you're going to MLA in Philadelphia this year, please note these WPA events on your convention schedules:
(more details available at

Panel: “Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,” Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

CFP: China Literacy Conference - Beijing, summer 2007

WPA announces its co-sponsorship of 'Literacies of Hope: Making Meaning across Boundaries' to be held in Beijing, China, July 24-27, 2007.

The conference, co-hosted by Beijing Normal University and Global Interactions, Inc., will inquire into the many forms of literacy that are vital to an increasingly globalized world, where partnership is essential. Proposals for presentations are invited for five strands:

Print Literacy / Media Literacy / Oral Literacy
Technology & Literacy
Creative & Critical Thinking
Social & Cultural Literacy

For detailed information about the conference and to download forms for submitting proposals go to and select "2007 China - U.S. Conference on Literacy." Submission deadline is December 12, 2006. Invitations to present will be emailed by December 20.