Fall 2006 Newsletter of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Newsletter Contents:

From the President

by Shirley Rose

Dear WPA Member and Friends,

I hope the 2006-2007 academic year is off to a happy start for all of you. I'm pleased to be able to send you this newsletter with updates on recent WPA activities and announcements about some upcoming events and deadlines.

It's a great privilege to be addressing you as the WPA President now, as the organization is celebrating several important anniversaries this year. This past July, at the 2006 WPA Summer Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first WPA conference, which was held in 1986 at Miami University of Ohio. In a 1987 WPA journal article, Lynn Bloom noted that 80 WPAs attended that first conference. In the past 20 years the conference has become our major organizational event, and this year it drew a record-breaking 250-plus people for the four-day workshop, the assessment institute, the technology institute, and/or the 3-day conference itself. Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find reports on the conference plenary speakers' talks, professional development workshops and work-group sessions, and special WPA awards and recognitions announced at the conference banquet.

This year also marked the close of a twenty-year term of service for Miami University of Ohio as the WPA's Institutional Home. For two decades, faculty and staff in the English Department there have been responsible for organizational communications and records-keeping; and the organization's continuing viability is due in large part to their stewardship. Chris Anson's article about the relocation of our Institutional Home follows this letter.

In a few months, we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The organization was started by a group of WPAs who attended a 1976 MLA convention session sponsored by the Division on the Teaching of Writing. If you'd like to read more about that kairotic moment, see Edward P. J. Corbett's "A History of Writing Program Administration " in Theresa Enos' collection Learning from the Histories of Rhetoric: Essays in Honor of Winifred Bryan Horner (Carbondale, Southern Illinois UP, 1993. 60-71). To mark this significant milestone in the life of the organization, our WPA-sponsored sessions at the 2006 MLA convention will focus on our efforts to meet our commitments to diversity (for details, see the article "Help Celebrate the WPA's 30 th Anniversary" in this newsletter). With the help of our Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators affiliate, Temple University, and York College of Pennsylvania, we will also be hosting a special reception for WPAs at MLA (see details elsewhere in this newsletter). If you will be attending the MLA convention, be sure to come to the party, and bring a potential new member with you.

If you won't be at MLA, I look forward to seeing you at the WPA Breakfast at CCCC in New York City -- 7:00 Thursday morning, March 22, at the 3 West Club (3 West 51st Street). Our thanks to Joe Bizzup (Columbia University) for making the arrangements.

Best wishes for a great school year!

Shirley K Rose
President

WPA Relocates to New Institutional Home

by Chris Anson

Although mostly invisible to WPA members, its institutional home is the backbone of the organization's operations. It serves as the main contact point for communications, the place where all the money is handled, and the place where materials are mailed to and from. Faculty at the institutional home serve the WPA in the role of Secretary and Treasurer, and staff members are involved in answering phones, forwarding inquiries, sending and receiving faxes, taking and distributing minutes of meetings, producing and disseminating flyers and newsletters, mailing journals, filing materials and maintaining archives, and doing a host of other things that keep the organization running. Increasingly, this work has taken digital forms and requires constant upkeep of Web sites and digitally coordinated organizational support services. It's a big job, and much of it is done with little or no remuneration.

Earlier this year, a team of past presidents was formed to serve as an ad hoc Institutional Siting Committee: Barbara Cambridge, Doug Hesse, Chuck Schuster, and Kathi Yancey. After a careful review of applications, the committee presented its recommendation to the Executive Board to offer Purdue University the opportunity to become the WPA's next institutional home, starting this month. This recommendation was approved by the Executive Board in a unanimous vote. In order to avoid a conflict of interest between WPA President Shirley Rose (of Purdue) and the organization, Immediate Past President Chris Anson was asked to negotiate the final arrangements of the relationship between Purdue and the WPA, and an agreement was signed at the end of August.

During the closing Town Hall meeting at the annual summer conference in Chattanooga, Chris Anson gave official thanks and praise to the English Department of Miami University of Ohio, which has served as the organization's institutional home for 20 years--spanning almost the entire history of the WPA. A plaque with the instricption below was presented to John Heyda, retiring CWPA Treasurer:

"Presented to the Department of English at the Miami University of Ohio by the Council of Writing Program Administrators as a token of our gratitude for their generous and unstinted support as the first WPA Institutional Home, from 1987 to 2006, and in recognition of the trustworthy and reliable service of their faculty members who have served as our Secretary and Treasurer, whose names are listed below.

Donald Daiker, Secretary-Treasurer 1987-1989
Jeffrey Sommers, Secretary-Treasurer 1990-1996
Robert Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer 1997-1998
Jennie Dautermann, Secretary 1999-2005
John Heyda, Treasurer 1999-2006
John Tassoni, Secretary pro tem July 2005- June 2006

July 17, 2006"

In addition, several WPA members, including past presidents, spoke in praise of Miami 's steadfast support of the organization over so many years. Following the conference, a special page was set up at the WPA Web site for further thanks and commentary, and members are welcome to add their own posts: (node/491).

Thanks to Retiring Board Members and
Welcome to New Executive Board Members

by Joe Janangelo, Vice President

With gratitude and applause at our conference banquet, we said thank you and farewell to our three retiring Executive Board members: Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva University), Greg Glau (Arizona State University), and Raul Sanchez (University of Florida). We thank them for their fine work.

We also welcomed three new Board members: Joe Marshall Hardin (Western Kentucky University), Rita Malenczyk (Eastern Connecticut State University), and Carol Rutz (Carleton College). We look forward to working with these colleagues. Their terms will continue until June 30,2009

2006 Technology Institute

by Joe Janangelo, Vice President

The Technology Institute was lead by Darsie Bowden and Peter Vandenberg, both from DePaul University in Chicago . The focus was on new media, and the workshop leaders led participants through a number of exercises to help students use digital images and sounds to create visual arguments. The workshop covered a range of topics from theory, to pedagogy, to hands-on practice designed to help participants gain experience incorporating new media into literacy instruction. Participants drafted their own projects, and were treated to an advance screening of the Workshop leaders' film of The WPA 2005 Conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

2006 Assessment Institute

The fifth WPA Assessment Institute "Electronic Portfolios, Writing Classrooms, and College Programs: Practices, Theories, Issues, and Challenges" was led by J. Elizabeth Clark (La Guardia Community College--CUNY), Michael Day (Northern Illinois University), and Kathleen Blake Yancey (Florida State University). Over 30 participants discussed issues in planning and implementing electronic portfolios, addressing questions such as "How are E-portfolios similar to and different from print portfolios?" "What are the options for software, and how do they compare?" "How are eports assessed? Once implemented, how can digital portfolios change an institution's understanding and expectations of assessment? What role might they play in a long-term assessment plan?" and "What are likely to be the questions around electronic portfolios in the next five years?"

Call for Nominations for WPA Executive Board Members

WPA will hold elections for three Executive Board members this fall.

Executive Board members Rebecca Moore Howard (Syracuse University), Martha Patton (University of Missouri), and Susan Miller-Cochran (North Carolina State University) will complete their terms in June of 2007. We invite your nominations for three Executive Board members to replace those rotating off. The Executive Board oversees the WPA, its events, and its activities, creates policies and procedures for its management, and engages in special projects and initiatives. The new Board members will serve for three years, with terms beginning in July of 2007. 

Nominees should have a demonstrated commitment to the work of the Council and a background in writing program administration, and should be willing to attend Board meetings at the CCCC and at the WPA summer conference. Self-nominations as well as nominations of others are welcome. To be considered, a nomination should include all contact information, a C.V. (attached or posted on a web site) or a description of the nominee's work as a WPA, and a statement explaining why the nominee makes a strong candidate for membership on the WPA Executive Board. If possible, please secure the nominee's permission before submitting the nomination. All nominators and nominees must be current members of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Nominations are reviewed by the WPA Nominating Committee, which creates a slate for vote by the membership.

Please send your nominations to the Chair of the WPA Nominating Committee, Joe Janangelo (jjanang@luc.edu) by November 15, 2006.

This fall WPA will also elect a new Vice-President. Nominees for Vice-President make a six-year commitment to WPA, first serving as vice-president for two years, as president for the next two years, and as immediate past president for a final two years.

The nominating committee chooses Vice-Presidential candidates from among recent Executive Board members. Nominating Committee members are Joe Janangelo, Susan Miller-Cochran and Chris Anson.

2004-2005 WPA Book Award

At the summer conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Council of Writing Program Administrators announced its 2004-2005 Award for Best Book on Writing Program Administration . The Awards Committee selected Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline, edited by Barbara L'Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo (Parlor Press, 2004).

The Council of Writing Program Administrators has established this award as part of its efforts to develop and promote an understanding of writing program administration as intellectual work of depth, sophistication, and significance. The Awards Committee employed the following criteria for selection:

1. The book addresses one or more issues of long-term interest to administrators of writing programs in higher education.
2. The book presents outcomes of the intellectual work of one or more writing program administrators.
3. The book discusses theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing program administration work.
4. The book shows sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing program administrators work.
5. The book makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of writing program administration.
6. The book will serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing program administration.

One faculty member nominating the book for this award noted that L'Eplattenier and Mastrangelo offer the first "sustained examination of the historical roots of Writing Program Administration." Another praised the text's archival work and the editors' ability to "tell us how WPAs worked to professionalize and intellectualize their programmatic work, often in the face of unsupportive, unreflective, and/or uninterested administration personnel. They give us disciplinary heroes and leaders."

Members of the Award Committee were Lauren Fitzgerald ( Yeshiva University ), Gregory Glau ( Arizona State University ), and Stephen Wilhoit, Chair ( University of Dayton ).

Report on Professional Development Workshops at
Summer Conference

by Rita Malenczyk

The 2005 WPA conference in Anchorage introduced a new feature: interactive mini-workshops scattered throughout the conference program and focused on particular topics ranging from fiction writing (no, not in one's annual reports) to developing an administrative philosophy. Following the success of those workshops, this year's conference in Chattanooga also featured several interactive sessions. Subtitled "Professional Development Focus," they enabled participants to talk with WPA leaders and with each other about common issues of concern.

For example, in a workshop entitled "The JIL, Position Descriptions, and The Job Itself: How to Unpack What a Job Ad Describes," Kathleen Blake Yancey (Florida State) and Greg Colomb (University of Virginia) worked with participants on decoding what position descriptions, often cryptic, are really asking one to do. In another session entitled "Administering from a Point of Principle," Linda Adler-Kassner (Eastern Michigan) and Eli Goldblatt (Temple University) discussed with participants what it means to enact principles within one's work. Sharing principles that governed their own actions--for Linda, the Jewish principle of tikkun olam ("transforming the world") and, for Eli, the ideas of John Dewey--the leaders discussed with participants strategies for putting those principles into practice. Discussion was wide-ranging, leading to (among other things) talk about the role of faith and religion in the work of WPAs. In the "Assistant Professor Administrators' Mentoring Workshop," the intrepid and as-yet-untenured Melissa Ianetta (University of Delaware) and Doug Downs (Utah Valley State College) recruited senior colleagues Barry Maid and Linda Bergmann to talk in groups with untenured WPAs about strategies for producing tenure-file documents and about what Doug calls "the rhetorical situation imposed by tenure" (or, perhaps, lack of it). Workshop leaders reported good attendance and great discussion. Let's continue these next year.

SIGs and Workgroups meet in Chattanooga

Several established allied groups met at the summer convention in Chattanooga this year, including the APA (Assistant Program Administrators), the GWPA (Graduate Writing Program Administrators), and the Technology Plank Task Force.

Doug Downs reports that the APA SIG, which focuses on issues of interest to assistant professors who work in program administration, was attended by nearly a dozen folks this year. This group focused its work at the conference on discussing tenure-file preparation and power relations inherent in the position, the establishment of a listserv, and the possibility of setting up a workshop at future conferences. The APA hopes to increase its presence within the Council and to delineate more clearly the nature of APA work. Melissa Ianetta was honored at the SIG as outgoing chair.

Marc Pietrzykowski reports that the GWPA SIG conducted most of its business prior to and after the conference, as many GWPA's were unable to attend the conference itself. Still, the group worked through its listserv to further define the issues and problems of the graduate student administrator. A survey has been suggested as a way to clarify the roles that GWPA's occupy.

The Technology Plank Task Force meeting at the conference was attended by over 45 people, according to Kathleen Yancey. This group reviewed the history of the Outcomes Statement, discussed the utility of such statements in general, and reviewed discussion that had taken place on the techno-plank blog, which was started at last year's convention in Alaska . Briefly, the group is working on the wording of the plank and hopes to have a draft ready soon. The goal is then to gather comments about the draft and revise before submission as early as this Fall.

Two newer task forces also met during the conference: the WPA Internationalization Task Force, led by Chris Anson (North Carolina State University), Immediate Past Presdient of WPA, and the WPA Task Force on Students' Research and Human-Subjects Issues, led by Tony Baker (Tennessee Tech University). Watch for news coming from these groups soon.

Plenary Talks at WPA Conference in Chattanooga
Reflect on Our Past,
Provide Challenges and
Opportunities for our Future

by Dominic Delli Carpini

In keeping with the conference theme at the 2006 WPA Conference in Chattanooga our three plenary speakers presented us with perspectives on the past of the organization, and provided us with an overview of some possible opportunities to look out for in the future. Jacqueline Jones Royster asked us to consider the "lessons hopefully learned" over the course of the organization's 30 year history. Chris Anson challenged the membership to increase our focus on the types of research that will give us a firm foundation from which to do (and make public) our work. And Pamela Childers outlined for us the many reasons why collaborations between college and secondary school writing teachers are so crucial. These three panels, taken as a group, form a call to action for the organization to continue its work, to extend our research base, and to build bridges with community constituencies toward the advancement of literacy.

The work outlined by our plenary speakers was continued in breakout sessions following the plenary talks, and can be further extended via Digital WPA. To see comments on the plenary addresses, and to add your own thoughts to the issues raised there, WPA members can visit the discussion board at http://wpacouncil.org/node/470 . These forums can further serve as a location to build alliances with other WPA members interested in taking up the challenges presented to us by the three plenary speakers.

Digital Demonstrations in Chattanooga

Two sessions of the conference featured digital environments for WPAs' professional work. Glenn Blalock (Baylor University) and Rich Haswell (Texas A&M Corpus Christi, retired) demonstrated and led a discussion of the CompPile bibliographic database (http://comppile.tamucc.edu/) and the CompFAQS wiki (http://comppile.tamucc.edu/wiki/CompFAQs/Home). Charlie Lowe (Grand Valley State University) demonstrated the special features of the WPA website (http://wpacouncil.org) and disucussed ideas for future development of the website.

Help Celebrate the WPA's 30th Anniversary:
Join Us for WPA Panels and Social at MLA, 2006 in Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia

The Council of Writing Program Administrators will sponsor two panels and a social at the 2006 MLA Convention in Philadelphia .

WPA at MLA Panels: On the occasion of WPA's 30th anniversary, two WPA-sponsored panels at the Modern Language Association meeting in Philadelphia will focus upon diversity issues. The panels will look back at our efforts at inclusion over the past thirty years and discuss the great potential that increasing diversity provides for us, both as an organization and within our writing classes. The first panel, " Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators ," chaired by Shirley Rose (who will also act as a respondent), will be held on Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., in Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott. Presentations include

  • Chris Anson, North Carolina State University, Drawing in, Reaching Out: The Problems and Prospects of Internationalization
  • Joe Janangelo, Loyola University, Chicago, Why Diversify?
  • M. Elizabeth Sargent, University of Alberta, On the Trail of the Outcomes Statement: Increasing the Work of the WPA in Canada
  • Joseph S. Eng, California State University, Monterey Bay, WPA and Diversity: The Asian-American Locations in the Modern University

The second panel, entitled "Challenges of the Future: Foregrounding Diversity in the WPA Palette" and chaired by Dominic Delli Carpini, will be held on Saturday, December 30th , noon to 1:15, in Room 302 of the Philadelphia Marriott. Presentations include

  • Juanita Comfort, West Chester University, Framing Diversity Issues for College Writers: Listening to a Multi-Vocal Writing Program
  • Wendy Olson, Washington State University, Pullman, Writing Programs, Diversity, and the Knowledge Economy: Some Implications
  • Ellen Strenski, University of California, Irvine, Electronic Equity or Exclusion: Four Campus Digital Divides
  • Jonathan Alexander, University of Cincinnati, and William Banks, East Carolina University, Queer Eye for the Comp Program: Towards a Queer Critique of WPA Work

WPA Social

WPA, the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators (PWPA),Temple University, and York College of Pennsylvania will be sponsoring a social event at MLA 5:00 to 7:00 on Friday evening, December 29 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Philadelphia. More information on the event will be provided soon on Digital WPA and WPA-L. All WPA members are cordially invited. Save the date!

Regional Affiliates Help Diversify Membership

by Marty Patton, University of Missouri

WPA is reaching out to new folks in multiple directions: While some initiatives are international, involving more voices from more distant places; other initiatives are concentrated in a given US region, involving connections with WPAs who might not be active in the national organization. WPA has welcomed four US regional affiliates:

WPA-related conversations in Southern California are formally organized under a writing center umbrella (WCA), not WPA.

In 2005-06, one affiliate had quarterly meetings; the others had an annual meeting. For two affiliates, the annual meeting took shape as a conference, with CWPA featuring Joe Harris and MAWPA featuring Gail Hawisher and Darsie Bowden.

Groups wishing to become affiliates of WPA should send a letter to the WPA Executive Board requesting affiliation and providing basic information such as the group's name, a roster of officers, an estimate of membership, and a list of schools represented by members. The Executive Board will consider the application and communicate a decision to the group.

WPA Breakfast at CCCC
A Culinary, Artistic, and Community Triumph

by Carol Rutz, Carleton College

What could be better than breakfast in the Loop? Not too much, if the record attendance at this year's WPA Breakfast is any indication. Two hundred twenty of us, including over thirty graduate students, powered up for the first day of sessions at CCCC as guests of DePaul's downtown facility. Local hosts Darsie Bowden and Pete Vandenberg and their able assistants worked with the Breakfast Committee (Lauren Fitzgerald, Chair, Clyde Moneyhun and Carol Rutz) and the indefatigable Chet Pryor to arrange a scrumptious menu, party favors, and plenty of social delights.

Most of the reservations were completed on Digital WPA, which streamlined the paperwork. WPA members' donations remained strong to the Connors Fund, named after the late Bob Connors, a major WPA Breakfast fan. Thanks to the generosity of donors, WPA can subsidize graduate students who attend the breakfast. Thank you!

In addition to important announcements and introductions, attendees were treated to the very first screening of the trailer for the film shot at the July 2005 WPA Conference in Alaska . Filmmakers Bowden & Vandenberg could not have missed the many thumbs up in the crowd. (No doubt the trailer improved attendance at the workshop and conference in Chattanooga.)

Plans are underway for the next WPA breakfast gathering in New York on March 22, 2007. If you don't have a lapel pin with "WPA at 30" on it, you missed the Chicago breakfast. Show up in New York and be ready to sport the latest WPA finery.

WPA Renews Affiliate Status with AACU

Last March, the Executive Board renewed the Council of Writing Program Administrators' application for membership with the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) as an affiliate organization. Our affiliate status with AAC&U aligns us with an organization that focuses on addressing issues of assessment, civic engagement, diversity, general education, globalization, integrative learning and educational outcomes. As part of WPA's affiliate status, we have proposed a special session at the AAC&U annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in January 2007. The conference is themed "The Real Test: Liberal Education and Democracy's Big Questions," and we will announce details of the panel should it be accepted for inclusion on the program.

Change Media Message about our Work:
Join the WPA Network for Media Action!

by Dominic Delli Carpini, York College of Pennsylvania

WPAs cannot ignore media and government reports that almost daily inform public perceptions about writing and writing instruction. The National Commission on Writing, the Spelling Commission Report, and many other groups and documents highlighted in the media, not only influence public opinion (often negatively), but affect policies that influence our ability to do our work. The Network for Media Action provides a space wherein those interested in changing the public conversation about writing and writing instruction can converse, share resources, and find support in publicizing the positive facets of the work we do.

This group is committed to developing media messages that can accurately portray the goals and methods of writing instruction, illustrate the crucial importance of a literate public, and foreground the efforts of writing programs in providing high quality instruction in writing. Recent efforts include the formation of message frameworks, which provide us with cogent statements of issues like plagiarism, machine scoring of writing, high-stakes testing, and the role of grammar instruction--all concerns that often become issues for the media. The NMA is also in the early stages of developing a "National Conversation on Writing" (NCoW). NCoW is a documentary project wherein we will encourage public conversations on how writing and other forms of composition--including visual and multi-modal composing--influence the day-to-day lives of individuals. These conversations will be videotaped and brought together toward the formation of a documentary about the public and private uses of writing.

Also, look for our NMA calendar, co-sponsored by the WPA-NMA and Bedford/St. Martin, which will this year focus upon the theme "Writing Makes Democracy Happen." This, and our fall campaign on the work of writing instruction, will continue the work of the NMA toward changing the messages about our work that is heard in the media.

To participate in NCoW or other initiatives of the NMA, or to find out more information on this work, visit our site on Digital WPA (http://wpacouncil.org/nma) or contact Linda Adler-Kassner (Linda.Adler-Kassner@emich.edu) or Dominic Delli Carpini (dcarpini@ycp.edu).

WPA Journal to be Included in EBSCO Database

In a few days, WPA members will be receiving the Fall 2006 (Volume x, Number YY) issue of WPA: Writing Program Administration . Under the direction of the Editorial Team, Greg Glau, Barry Maid, and Duane Roen, the journal has developed and circulated increasingly influential WPA scholarship. Just one reflection of this increased visibility is our recently negotiated contract with EBSCO to provide our journal content for inclusion in online bibliographic databases, bringing our work to the attention of a much broader audience and making it much more accessible. Content from the two most recent years will continue to be available only to individual members and institutional subscribers. If you've allowed your membership to lapse, be sure to renew in time to receive the Fall 2006 issue, which will be mailed in a few days.

More WPA Journal News

by Duane Roen, Barry Maid, and Greg Glau, Managing Editors

At the annual conference in Chattanooga this July, journal editors met with members of the Editorial Board to conduct an anchoring session, focusing on an essay that's been submitted to the journal - and we got to meet in a train car! Comments from this session will be sent to the author, along with reviewer comments. The editors also held an "open meeting" to answer questions about the journal, the reviewing process, to discuss possible essay ideas, and so on. Another Editorial Board meeting will be scheduled for CCCC in New York in March, 2007. Also in Chattanooga, we met with members of the prospective new editorial team. You will soon be hearing news of the outcome of that search, chaired by Carrie Leverenz (Texas Christian University) The fall 2006 issue of the journal is a special ESL issue, with guest editors Paul Kei Matsuda, Tamara Lee Burton, Maria Fruit, and Jay Jordan. The theme is "Bridging the Disciplinary Divide: Integrating a Second-Language Perspective into Writing Programs." This issue is in press. If you've allowed your membership to lapse, be sure to renew in time to receive the Fall 2006 issue, which will be mailed in a few days. The spring 2007 issue is nearly complete and currently is being edited. In addition, guest editors, Catherine Chaput, Danika Brown, and MJ Braun will edit a special issue (currently scheduled for spring 2008) that addresses new and innovative program design in rhetoric and composition. They are asking for articles that explore programs in all aspects of writing administration--first-year writing, undergraduate writing, masters, and doctoral programs, as well as writing centers, writing across the curriculum, and writing in the disciplines. They are especially interested in articles that not only outline new programmatic trends, but also place those trends within both an historical context of the field and within evolving theoretical conversations about the field.

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