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

But What Kind of WPA Am I?

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.

“Could you tell me a bit about how you would work as a WPA?” he asks, resettling himself in his chair and looking the candidate in the eye.

Great Results from the WPA-GO Breakfast Buddy Event at the 2013 CWPA Conference!

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.

Call-Out for 2014 CWPA Roundtable Participants in Three WPA-GO Sponsored Mentoring Sessions

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.

Acting Like a Colleague on Campus Visits

By: Kathleen J. Ryan, Montana State University

What Makes a Good (Virtual) Campus Visit to a Two-Year College?

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.

The Top Three Questions to Ask on a Campus Interview

By: Nicholas Behm, Assistant Professor, Elmhurst College, behmn@elmhurst.edu

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.

All New CWPA Mentoring Blog on "Campus Visits"

“Narrative, Affiliation, and Alliance”

By Frankie Condon, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Intersubjective Commitments: Acknowledging the Limits of Our (Educational) Experience”

By Mark McBeth, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“Mentors, allies, activists – what it takes to change a profession”

By Carolyn (Collie) Fulford, North Carolina Central University

“Taking on the ‘Little Things’ that Mean A Lot”

By Harry Denny, St. John's University

New York, June 30, 2012

 

“Expanding the Boundaries of WPA research: A response to Craig and Perryman Clark’s “Troubling the Boundaries”

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?

“Race, Recruitment, and Reciprocal Mentorship”

By Ryan Witt, Temple University

CWPA Mentoring Project Blog

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

Thanks to Timothy Dougherty and Joseph Janangelo for their efforts.  

“Introducing the CWPA Mentoring Project 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.

"Enough With the Theory, Already?"

By Rita Malenczyk, Eastern Connecticut State University

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