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Call for Proposals

WPA 2010: Conversations Toward Action

In the midst of busy everyday lives, sometimes it’s hard to find a quiet place to contemplate with friends our directions and opportunities. CWPA is eager to welcome the voices of people who participate in "writing program administration" writ large and who engage in myriad ways in the work associated with it. This could include work with writing centers; multiple sections or instructors of writing courses; work with community writing programs; course and program assessment; considering how to effectively make connections with others in the classroom, on campus, and beyond; or any other work that is related to writing instruction or program direction.

We invite four types of proposals to foster conversation that will bring together the multiple and varied voices of those with an interest in developing and directing writing programs. These voices include writing instructors (part- or full-time, graduate or lecturer, tenure-track or tenured); 2- and 4-year instructors; department chairs; writing center directors; institutional researchers; teaching and learning center directors, and others. These are described in sections 1, 2, 3, and 4 below under "Proposal Types." Please review the information here about the different session types, then proceed to the Instructions for Submitting Your Proposal to WPA 2010 to submit one or more proposals.

**Deadline for final proposals has been extended to Saturday, May 1.**
Submit by Wednesday, March 24 for expedited review.

Proposal Types

1. 6-minute individual presentations: Conversation Starters

6-minute presentations are opportunities to share information, questions, and/or ideas quickly, then to facilitate vigorous and lively dialogue among session attendees.

These very short presentations should include three elements: 

The focus in the session is on short presentations and lots of talk among participants.

Proposals should include a very brief (150 word or fewer) description that addresses:

For instance, a 6-minute presentation could focus around:

2. 10-minute individual presentations: Extended discussions

10-minute presentations are opportunities to share ongoing research intended to lead to action. Attendees should share a research project with an emphasis on design, evidence/outcomes, and actions based on the research. Presentations should be 10 minutes. We strongly encourage interactive, non-reading presentations.

Proposals (150 words or fewer) should include a description of the focus of the presentation and strategies for engaging attendees in discussion about the presentation’s subject such as questions that will be posed for audience discussion.

For instance, a 10-minute extended discussion could focus around: 

Proposals would summarize these and include discussion strategies -- for example, posing 2-3 questions for participants to discuss; asking attendees to turn to the person next to them after your presentation/the conclusion of the session to share questions the session raised for them, or other strategies to foster conversation.

3. Full sessions: Panel discussions (75 minutes total)

A full panel can consist of several linked 6-minute presentations (maximum 7 presenters), or fewer linked 10 minute presentations (maximum of 4 presenters). Of the 75 minute session, allocate at least 20 minutes for discussion.

In these sessions, attendees will present very brief subjects for whole-group discussion, including questions related to the subject of the panel discussion.

Proposals should include a (300 word or fewer) description of the panel's focus and strategies for audience participation.

4. Mentoring Project Sessions

In response to the interest generated by the Mentoring Project sessions at the 2009 WPA Conference in Minneapolis, as well as feedback from the Mentoring Project Survey, several sessions at the 2010 WPA Conference in Philadelphia will be devoted to professional development and mentoring issues. To shape the focus of these sessions, though, we need your input! Please complete this to let us know:

If you are interested in facilitating or presenting as part of a mentoring project session, you can indicate your willingness to do so via the Mentoring Project CWPA 2010 Conference Survey . You do not need to submit a full proposal to participate in a mentoring project session.

Submitting Your Proposal

If you're ready to submit a proposal, go to the Instructions for Submitting Your Proposal to WPA 2010 .

We look forward to receiving a variety of lively, engaging submissions from a range of participants, and to a fantastic conference!

Questions about proposal formats or WPA 2010 should be directed to Linda Adler-Kassner, conference chair and/or Eli Goldblatt, local chair. Questions about mentoring project sessions should be sent to Joe Janangelo or Sheldon Walcher.

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