Susan Kay Miller Elected to WPA Executive Board
The CWPA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the election of Susan Kay Miller from Mesa Community College (AZ) to membership on the CWPA Executive Board. Susan will be serving in the position left open by Cynthia Martin's resignation. Her term will end June 30, 2007.
Professor Miller is a full-time faculty member in the English department at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, where she teaches writing, linguistics, and English as a second language. She is especially interested in two-year college writing programs, second language writers, and effective ways of incorporating technology into writing instruction. She currently serves as the chair of the Composition Committee in her English department, a group which recently led a successful three-year effort to revise the previous, current-traditional first-year composition curriculum with a rhetorically-based approach inspired by the WPA Outcomes Statement. The new curriculum was adopted throughout the Maricopa Community College District in April 2005 and will affect over 80,000 students district-wide. The success of this effort has encouraged the Composition Committee to lobby for a permanent WPA at Mesa Community College, a position which has never existed in any of the English departments in the district.
Susan has been actively involved in WPA, NCTE, and CCCC since she was a graduate student at Arizona State University. She is a co-editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration, the journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. In addition, she is a member of the CCCC Executive Committee and a co-chair of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing. She also serves on the Two-Year College English Associationâ€™s Teacher-Scholar Committee, which recently authored the TYCA Position Statement on Research and Scholarship in the Two-Year College.
Susanâ€™s work has appeared in the journals Computers and Composition, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and Composition Studies as well as the collection Language Alive in the Classroom (1999), edited by Rebecca Wheeler. She is also a co-editor of NCTEâ€™s Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition (2002) with Duane Roen, Veronica Pantoja, Lauren Yena, and Eric Waggoner. She is currently co-editing a collection with Shelley Rodrigo titled Rhetorically Rethinking Usability, a book focused on connections between rhetoric and usability studies.
Susan says her goals as an Executive Board member are â€œto be an advocate and voice for two-year college English faculty. I am particularly interested in helping WPA continue to actively support the critical, thoughtful use of technologies in writing instruction and assessment. Additionally, I hope to encourage WPA to rethink how writing programs address the needs of second language writers. As our student populations change, definitions of second language writing have begun to shift, making ESL students the concern of all writing teachers and administrators.â€