Conference Chair:
Joseph Janangelo

For program, workshop, or institute questions:
Linda-Adler Kassner

For local arrangements questions:
Tim Gustafson

For more information about the WPA:
WPA Home

2009 WPA Local Hosts:

U of M - Twin Cities
Dept. of Writing Studies
Minnesota State
Colleges & Universities
College of Liberal Arts Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Plenary Speakers

  • Deborah Brandt's address, following the banquet on Thursday, July 16th, is entitled "The Broader Administration of Writing"
  • Lynn Priddy's address, at lunch on Friday, July 17th, is entitled "Student Learning, Assessment, and Accountability: A Complex Rubric or Uneasy Triad"
  • Michele Eodice's address, at lunch on Saturday, July 18th, is entitled "Will the Rain Follow the Plow?"

Deborah Brandt Deborah Brandt is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches undergraduate writing and graduate courses in literacy and contemporary writing studies. Her research focuses on the historical and economic contexts of literacy and literacy learning, and she is author of the award-winning book Literacy in American Lives. For fourteen years she directed the intermediate writing program at UW-Madison. A collection of her essays, Literacy and Learning: Reflections on Reading, Writing and Society, is forthcoming in 2009 from Jossey-Bass.

Lynn Priddy Lynn Priddy, Ph.D., became Vice President of Accreditation Services, the Higher Learning Commision of NCA in February 2009. Lynn is responsible for the Commission's decision-making, accreditation, and institutional and peer review systems. In addition, she oversees the Commission's education and training services, including programs, workshops, and curricula to support the Commission's 1000+ institutions and the nearly 1300-member Peer Review Corps. In this role, she is responsible for the Commission's Student Learning, Assessment, and Accountability Initiative, including leading the conception and development of the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. Currently, her primary project is to facilitate the development of new, innovative accreditation processes. Prior to joining the Commission, Lynn served in institutions from 1984 to 1999 as a Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Evaluation, and Planning; Director of Research, Assessment, and Development; and English/Composition Faculty. She has led institutions in accrediting efforts as both a Self-Study Coordinator and Focused Visit Coordinator, in addition to serving as a Commission peer reviewer (Consultant-Evaluator). She has published numerous articles and is a frequent presenter at national conferences on the areas of assessment, planning, strategic conversations, appreciative inquiry, and organizational learning.

Michele Eodice Michele Eodice is the Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma. With Kami Day she wrote (First Person)² : A Study of Co-Authoring in the Academy (Utah State University Press 2001). Currently she serves as the president of the International Writing Centers Association, an NCTE affiliate with over 700 members. Michele was a leader and co-chair of the International Writing Centers Summer Institute for Writing Center Directors and Professionals for three years and in 2007 published a book with four other writing center directors: The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice (Utah State University Press). She is the recipient of the 2006 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing’s Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.