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WPA at MLA 2006: in brief

Dear WPA Members and Friends:

If you're going to MLA in Philadephia this year, please note these WPA events on your convention schedules:
(more details available at

Panel: “Moving toward Inclusion: Thirty Years of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,” Friday, December 29th, 1:45–3:00 p.m., Room 307 of the Philadelphia Marriott.

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WPA at MLA 2006

WPA at MLA: 30th Anniversary

The 2006 MLA Convention will mark the 30th Anniversary of the MLA session at which the Council of Writing Program Administrators was founded. To celebrate that occasion, this year’s panels look back at WPA’s efforts at inclusion over the past thirty years and discuss the great potential that increasing diversity provides for us, both as an organization and within our writing classes.

Special Call for Proposals: WPA Conference Site for 2008

I'm posting the following notice on behalf of the Conference Siting Committee--Shirley

Special Call for Proposals: WPA Conference Site for 2008

Thanks to all who submitted proposals in response
to our earlier call for 2008, 2009, and
2010. The WPA Executive Board has accepted a
proposal from the University of Minnesota and
surrounding schools to host the conference in
July 2009. However, we were unable to finalize a
site for 2008­-hence this special call.

As regular WPA attendees know, the WPA Summer
Conference, Workshop and Institutes are sponsored
by one or more institutions and hosted by local

Post-Katrina: Life in America Writing Assignments

I'm pasting in Lillian Bridwell Bowles recent WPA-L post from Baton Rouge.

From: Writing Program Administration on behalf of Lillian B Bowles
Sent: Fri 8/18/2006 11:39 AM
Subject: Post-Katrina, Life in America Writing Assignments

Dear WPA Colleagues,

I met a new first-year writing instructor last weekend who told me that she and her husband are in utter culture shock after their move from another state to Louisiana. The conditions here are still desperate for many Louisianians as we brace for more potential hurricanes. Displaced children

AACU Response to Spellings Commission Report

Dear Members of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Today the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities issued a response to the third draft of the Spellings Commission Report. The AACU statement is at this URL:

I've also pasted it in below.
The Council of Writing Program Administrators is an Affiliate of AACU.

AACU Letter and Response:
Dear Colleagues,

Today, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) is releasing a statement (below) on the draft report of the Spellings Commission on the Future of Higher Education. The commission held its final meeting today, which included discussion of its third draft report, released on August 4, 2006.

Good Press about the WPA Conference in Chattanooga

An announcement about recent WPA conference is currently posted on the website of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. To view the story online, go to Since these news stories are generally posted for only a week, I'm also pasting the story below for all to see. Thanks again to all the conference participants for making the meeting in Chattanooga such a success.


Council of Writing Program Administrators Meets in Chattanooga

The Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA), the professional organization for university faculty who design and direct college writing programs, gathered at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo recently, where more than 200 participants from nearly 50 states were registered for a conference, according to Dr. Lauren Sewell Ingraham, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition, and Local Arrangements Chair WPA 2006.

WPA Book Award Announced

The Council of Writing Program Administrators is pleased to announce its 2004-2005 Award for Best Book on Writing Program Administration.

Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline, edited by Barbara L’Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo (Parlor Press, 2004) has been selected for the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s Best Book Award for 2004-2006.

The Council of Writing Program Administrators has established this award as part of its efforts to develop and promote an understanding of writing program administration as intellectual work of depth, sophistication, and significance. The Awards Committee employed the following criteria for selection:

Preparing Graduate Students for WPA Positions

On WPA-L today, Shirley Rose asks, "How many schools are offering graduate coursework in writing program administration?"

You can respond to her question by sharing information @ CompFAQs:

Start here for an explanation and links to the form you can use to share your course information: