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WPA Workshop, Institutes, and Conference 2008
Denver, Colorado
Workshop: July 6-9; Institutes: July 10; Conference: July 10-13

"Writing Program Administration and/as Learning"
Conference Chair: Joseph Janangelo, Loyola University

Local host: The University of Denver Writing Program


Call for Proposals

About the Workshop

Conference Hotel: The Grand Hyatt

Denver in the Summer

Local Host:
The University of Denver Writing Program

Council of Writing Program Administrators

for Information about the program
contact Joseph Janangelo,

for Information about Local Arrangments, contact Doug Hesse,

(We'll provide information about costs and registration processes in early 2008)

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Call for Proposals

“Writing Program Administration and/as Learning”

Our goal is to examine WPAs as learners, as teachers, and as learned contributors to students’ lives, to knowledge, and to higher education. We will come together in Denver to work toward a better understanding WPA work as an intellectual and a pedagogical activity with a rich and complicated history of learning.  I invite you to think about some of the following topics and questions. This list is meant to be suggestive, not exhaustive. You are welcome to address any ideas you like, including those not explicitly tied to the conference theme but important to writing program administration. 

  • What have been our key or catalytic learning moments as individuals and as a profession?
  • What are our sources of learning? Which people and texts (print and new media) that have mentored you and helped you learn?
  • How can we project our learning forward and serve as mentors to others?
  • How have evolving technologies and new media influenced our learning?
  • How can we put our learning into practice when working and communicating with students, colleagues, administrators, accrediting agencies, the media, and the public?
  • How can we best learn from the feedback—laudatory and critical—that we receive?
  • When examining issues and practices of testing, placement, and assessment, how is student learning marked and (mis)measured?
  • Thinking about readiness, receptivity, and resistance, how does learning relate to timing?
  • What are the roles of intentional (planned or deliberate) learning and accidental, perhaps serendipitous learning?
  • Consider retrospective learning; what have you learned after the event or experience?
  • How does WPA scholarship (e.g. conceived contextually as the work we do on campus as well as in grants, multimedia projects, and publications) reflect our learning as an intellectual community? How does it influence, direct, or constrain knowledge making?
  • How can we better document, preserve, protect, and share our learning?
  • What are the key differences between personal and programmatic learning? How can we bridge or reconcile the two?
  • How can we create and support valuable learning opportunities for ourselves and for the many constituencies (undergraduates, adjunct faculty, graduate students, colleagues, administrators) we serve?

Joe Janangelo

How and when to submit proposals?

Submit proposals online at the WPA website. A link from will take you to a proposal submission form. The submission deadline is March 15, 2008. However, rolling review of proposals (and notifications) will begin after February 15. l. 


Page updated by Doug Hesse 1/21/08

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