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
MnSCU -
Minnesota State
Colleges & Universities
College of Liberal Arts Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Pre-Conference Workshop

2009 Workshop for WPAs

July 12-15, 2009

Join new, prospective, and continuing administrators of all varieties of writing programs—including FYC, writing centers, WAC, ESL, and basic writing—in 3.5 days of workshopping and conversation addressing the theoretical, curricular, and political demands of our work.

Topics will include:

  • What is a WPA?
  • Institutional Relationships and Politics
  • Directing Writing Programs at Different Types of Institutions
  • Program Design, Outcomes, and Goals
  • Hiring Practices, Faculty Development, and Faculty Evaluation
  • Student and Program Assessment
  • Understanding Budgets
  • Developing and  Articulating Relationships with WAC Programs
  • Researching and Networking as a WPA

Participants will gather Sunday afternoon, July 12, meet daily through Wednesday afternoon, July 15, and will have the opportunity to consult individually with workshop leaders in the evenings. In the workshop, participants will be encouraged to raise issues from their own professional situations, which have in the past included liberal arts colleges, two-year colleges, regional and flagship state universities, and major research institutions.

Chris Anson is University Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program at North Carolina State University, where he helps faculty in nine colleges to use writing and speaking in the service of students’ learning and improved communication. Prior to moving to NC State in 1999, he was Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota, where he worked in the Program in Composition and Communication for fifteen years, eight as its director. He has written or edited 14 books and has published over 80 articles and book chapters. He has spoken widely across the United States and in 17 foreign countries. He is past president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Carol Rutz has directed Carleton College's writing program since 1997, where she teaches writing and provides leadership for Carleton's robust faculty development program. At Carleton, WAC faculty development involves a partnership with a learning and teaching center as well as a number of assessment and cross-cutting literacy programs such as quantitative reasoning and the use of images in argument. Rutz regularly presents at professional conferences (AAC&U, CCCC, NCTE, RSA, WPA, and others) and publishes on writing assessment, responding to student writing, and assessment of faculty development. She consults frequently at campuses interested in WAC, assessment, and faculty development. She is past secretary of CCCC and a current member of the WPA Executive Board.