CWPA Mentoring Blog
The Mentoring Blog will be focusing on issues of diversity and identity in WPA work for 2012-2013. To add your voice to the conversation, you can either comment on our invited posts or create your own post and tag it with the keywords "Mentoring Blog."
Visit the CWPA Mentoring Project Page to learn more about the blog's context and how you can participate
By Melissa Ianetta, University of Delaware
Scene: MLA Convention, New Orleans, 2002.
A PhD candidate is interviewing for an Assistant Professor/WPA position at large state university in the west. The conversation, which thus far has examined her teaching and research, has been both genial and animated—which the intrepid job seeker takes as a good sign. The search chair then moves the discussion to the WPA portion of the job.
The Mentoring and Professional Development Committee is proud to present a mini-report about the “Breakfast Buddies” event from the 2013 summer WPA conference in Savannah. As you may know, last year was the first iteration of Breakfast Buddies. As we hope there will be many more are to come, we are using last year’s feedback to constructively critique the program, making it better for future CWPA appearances.
The WPA Graduate Organization’s (WPA-GO) Mentoring and Professional Development Committee is searching for colleagues, graduate students, and faculty mentors to participate in three roundtable mentoring sessions at the 2014 CWPA Conference. WPA-GO sponsors professional development sessions that support the preparedness and confidence of graduate students interested in WPA work. This year’s roundtable topics are described below.
Important note: Please know that an individual can participate in no more than two sessions, in any capacity, at this year’s CWPA conference.
By: Jeffrey Klausman, Whatcom Community College
Last spring, my colleagues and I successfully completed a hiring process for a new full-time faculty member in English. By “successful,” I mean not only that we made a hire, but that we hired the person whose experience and interests most closely matched our needs. How did this one person rise to the top? How was he, along with a half-dozen other candidates, selected for an interview? Here’s the best answer I can give: He brought us something we needed.
By: Nicholas Behm, Assistant Professor, Elmhurst College, firstname.lastname@example.org
When I talk to graduate students planning a career in the academy, I always speak candidly with them about the dearth of tenure-line opportunities and the seemingly relentless challenges of working in the academy. So, before I address questions that should be asked on campus interviews, I want to relate what I wish I had known about the market before I went on the market.
By Kendall Leon, Purdue University
In “Troubling the Boundaries,” Craig and Perryman Clark conclude their article with recommendations for “proactive” measures that the CWPA can take to encourage diversity within CWPA. As a scholar of color and a WPA in training, I welcome the opportunity to respond with an extension—or maybe a step back?—to understanding how this problem the authors identified came to be. So, why is this? A good question to ask is: How do we come to these positions?
I invite you to visit and bookmark the new CWPA Mentoring Project Blog going live today on our Web site. Throughout this inaugural year, the blog will be exploring issues of diversity, difference, and identities in WPA work. Every other day for these next few weeks, they will add a featured post from one of our colleagues. Check out the opening post for more information and add your voice to this important conversation: http://wpacouncil.org/mentoring-blog
Welcome to the premiere of “The CWPA Mentoring Project Blog!”
We hope this forum will invite and inspire robust discussion, healthy debate, and best practices by, for, and with all CWPA members for years to come.
Because diversity, difference, and identities are essential and under-discussed topics for writing program administrators, CWPA as an organization, and the field at large, we wish to devote this entire upcoming year to these topics on the blog. We invite everyone to participate in this important conversation and the action steps we hope will follow.