This is a request for information regarding the issue of promotion and appropriate degrees. Although the policy may vary by institution, I am wondering if other institutions have promoted (as in rank) people who direct a writing program who do not have English degrees but have appropriate related degrees. In our case at La Sierra University (small, comprehensive Christian institution in CA), we have a person directing our Basic English, particularly writing, program who has been told she cannot be promoted beyond the rank of instructor since she holds 1) only an MA, and 2) her MA is an MA in Education (from Claremont)and not in English.
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Call for Proposalsâ€”Edited Collection
Undergraduate Majors and the Future of the Discipline
Greg Giberson, Ph.D., Salisbury University
Tom Moriarty, Ph.D., Salisbury University
Recently, undergraduate majors in Rhetoric and Composition have begun to spring up around the country. These programs go by many names and take on many forms. There is little doubt that the continuing growth of undergraduate degrees in Rhetoric and Composition will have a significant impact on the future of R/C as a discipline. The primary goal of this edited collection is to investigate the development of undergraduate majors in Rhetoric and Composition (by whatever name(s) it happens to be assigned) and the various impacts those majors will have on the future of the discipline. Possible topics for discussion include:
All those who are planning to attend the 2006 WPA Summer Workshop, Institutes, and/or Conference can now register online at http://wpacouncil.org/2006register
Program invitations are going out this week (April 3-7).
Dear Members of the Council of Writing Program Administrators,
It will soon be time to finalize your plans for participating in the 2006 WPA Summer Workshop, Institutes, and Conference, July 9-16 in Chattanooga.
Our department is in the process of moving to renewable terms for lecturers in our writing program, and the question has come up as to what consitutes appropriate degrees for the faculty in renewable terms. Currently we have primarily PhDs and MFAs as lecturers with a few MAs in English. The administration wants to implement policies that are consistent across the departments and one of their questions concerns what degrees for renewablelecturers are in line with best practices. The standard for continuing positions at our school has been a terminal degree but if many schools have renewable terms for lecturers who hold MAs, it would be helpful to know that.
Reflections invites submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts exploring diversity in community-based writing and literacy programs that engage traditionally marginalized populations. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
â€¢ In what ways can critical theories of race, gender, and/or language inform service-learning scholarship?
The WPA Network for Media Action (WPA-NMA) is WPA's effort to change conversations about and representations of writers and writing in mainstream media. Join the listserv to exchange information, responses, and strategies. To subscribe, go to:
Check out the NMA link in Digital WPA (wpacouncil.org/nma) for position statements and tips for writing to mainstream media, as well!
Theme: Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga , Tennessee
Online Program Near-final Draft: http://wpacouncil.org/WPA2006ProgramBookletDraft
TRAIN YOURSELF FOR EXCITEMENT as you make plans for participating in the 2006 WPA Conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center next July! Our theme, “Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Out for New Opportunities,” acknowledges both the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and nearby Lookout Mountain, but it also conveys the our thematic focus on the importance of continual reflection, planning, and inquiry to maintaining direction and momentum for the writing programs we lead.
The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16.
Conference sessions will include:
Conference Chair: Shirley Rose, President, Council of Writing Program Administrators
Local Chairs: Lauren Ingraham, Jennifer Beech, and James Inman
CALL FOR PAPERS: http://wpacouncil.org/node/216
2006 Summer Workshop and Conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators
Conference : Official activities begin Thursday evening, July 13, at 5:30 PM with a welcome reception/orientation and conclude Sunday, July 16, at 10:00 AM after the Town Hall Meeting. Plenary Speakers include Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ohio State University, on Thursday evening; Chris Anson, Past President of CWPA, North Carolina State University, on Friday; and Pam Childers, former President of the National Writing Center Association, The McCallie School in Chattanooga, on Saturday.
Workshop : Workshop participants gather Sunday afternoon, July 9, and meet all day every day through Wednesday evening, July 12. Workshop leaders Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva University) and Greg Glau (Arizona State University) will also be available for one-to-one consultations in the evenings and (for workshop participants not attending an institute) on Thursday morning. For more information about the workshop, go to http://wpacouncil.org/node/263
Assessment Institute and Technology Institute : These day-long institutes will be held on Thursday, July 13, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch included. If institutes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, registration fees will be refunded. Assessment Institute: http://wpacouncil.org/node/396 Technology Institute: http://wpacouncil.org/node/395
Early bird deadline is May 15; add $30 to registration cost for each event after May 15.
Register: http://wpacouncil.org/node/394 For information about the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn and convention Center, go to http://www.choochoo.com/ Members of underrepresented minorities are invited to apply for grants to support their attendance at the WPA Summer Workshop. To find out more about the WPA Fund for the Support of Minority Writing Program Administrators, go to http://wpacouncil.org/node/224.
Invitations to participate
With the help of Shirley Rose, Iâ€™m coordinating a WPA task force on studentsâ€™ research and human-subjects issues in first-year composition courses, and weâ€™re seeking composition professionals who have experience with Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures. Specifically, weâ€™re seeking volunteers for the task force who plan to attend the WPA conference in Chattanooga in July. In the months preceding this drafting session, weâ€™re also seeking documents and suggestions from WPAs and composition instructors who are already working to address the problem and goals outlined in the attached overview.
My name is Natalie M. Dorfeld, and I am a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
One of the main purposes of my dissertation is to shed light on the adjunct phenomenon in higher education today, particularly in English Departments.
If you would be so kind, please take a few minutes to fill out my on-line survey at:
Thank you very much.