News & Announcements

2015 CWPA Research Grants Call for Proposals

As co-chairs of the CWPA Research Grants Committee, Chuck Paine and Diane Kelly-Riley are pleased to share this CFP for the 2015 CWPA Research Grants.

The Research Grants Committee invites proposals that investigate issues and practices in writing program administration.  Funding is available for smaller award projects investigating the wide variety of issues related to writing program direction in its various forms.

Please congratulate our new EB members and VP!

The results from the 2015 election have been tabulated! Please join me in congratulating our newly elected officials:

Vice President: Dominic DelliCarpini, York College of Pennsylvania

Executive Board: Asao Inoue, University of Washington-Tacoma
Karen Keaton Jackson, North Carolina Central University
Cheri Lemieux Spiegel, Northern Virginia Community College

Welcome to all of you!
Rita Malenczyk

Deadline Extended--WPA-GO Travel Awards Call Now 2/13

Good news! We are now able to accept submissions for the WPA-GO Travel Grants for CCCC until next Friday, February 13th. The deadline has been extended from the original date of February 6th. If you are a graduate student presenting at CCCC or any of the related forums, please submit a proposal to WPA-GO. We are making several awards, and the process is pretty straightforward so there is still time. Details are below. Advisors--please alert your student advisees.


IRB Protocol Examples/help

Hello all,

I am a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University and will be gathering data for our first year writing program by asking questions to students on the effectiveness of the program and their thoughts, feelings, and work processes used in their first year writing classes. I was hoping someone would be able to share their IRB protocol with me so I can have a stronger grasp on the process and the research I will conduct in March.

Thank you,

Jared Bentley





Networked Publishing: Digital Writing in the Humanities

A one day symposium

April 25, 2015 

The University of Kentucky
Center Theater, Student Center
10 am – 5pm
Free and open to the public

Keynote: Douglas Armato, Director, University of Minnesota Press

Featured speakers:
Margy Avery, Senior Acquisitions Editor, MIT Press
Shoshana Berger, Editorial Director, IDEO
Maria Bonn, Editor, Journal of Electronic Publishing
Jeff Ullrich, past CEO, Earwolf

CFP for InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached a CFP for an upcoming issue of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching. Now in its tenth year, InSight is a refereed scholarly journal focusing on the scholarship of post-secondary teaching and learning. It is published annually by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Park University. As you will see in the CFP, Volume 10 of the journal will focus on various aspects of the SoTL paradigm.


I am happy to answer any questions you may have about the journal or the CFP.


Take care,


DIY Scholarship: Strategies for the WPA PhD

By Virginia Schwarz, University of Wisconsin-Madison


During my academic hiatus, I learned how to be a do-it-yourself scholar, and I 

think that approach can be helpful in PhD programs, especially for future writing 

program administrators (WPAs). The six years I spent in teaching and administrative 

roles at various community colleges helped me form a strong identity as a WPA, and I 

also learned to be very creative in finding—and making—opportunities. If you’re a new 

Keeping the Plates Spinning: Surviving as a Graduate WPA

By Katherine Daily, Arizona State University 


I’m sitting on the plane headed back to Wisconsin, throttled forward to a land of

cheese-shaped hats, my favorite beer (New Glarus Spotted Cow), and some of the 

nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet. I’m looking ahead to eight glorious 

days with family and friends: the baptism of my nephew and niece, an ugly sweater 

party (or two), meeting up with friends at my favorite cigar bar from my undergrad, 

and hopefully a snowstorm on Christmas eve. However, there’s a feeling of dread 

Negotiating WPA Service and Graduate Student Work

By Todd Ruecker, University of New Mexico


As the job market gets increasingly competitive, it is important for graduate students to build 

their professional profile in as many ways as possible.  Beyond completing a stellar dissertation 

and trying to get a few publications, students should seek varying service opportunities present at 

their institution.  As a doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso, I served at different 

times as the Assistant Director of the Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Program, Assistant Director 

If you have questions about the WPA C-E Service...


If you have been considering requesting a visit to your writing program by a team from the WPA Consultant-Evaluator Service and would like to know about the process for arranging for a visit or have questions about any other aspect of our work, I encourage you to call or email me for more information. Some information is also available on the CWPA website at