Summer 2005 Newsletter of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

From the Outgoing President Chris Anson

As the Executive Board makes its transition in membership this month, I want to take this opportunity to say how much it has meant to me to lead this remarkable organization over the past two years.

As you'll see in this newsletter, the Council's work continues to expand, both in the number of its programs and services and in its reach. This year we moved from a mainly paper and snail-mail based organization to one that is fully digitized. Our Web site is now highly interactive, and as Dave Blakesley, its architect, is fond of pointing out, its potential is almost limitless. The new capacities the WPA portal has yielded now allow us to provide more convenient membership services, such as electronic membership renewals, links to all aspects of the organization, and opportunities for membership interaction. A newly constituted Membership Committee will be studying possibilities for enhanced benefits, especially those that can be provided online. Dave's work electronically archiving past issues of the WPA Journal makes a significant scholarly resource available to WPAs and others with a few keystrokes.

The WPA's Network for Media Action, thanks to a large number of participants but especially to the pioneering work of Linda Adler-Kassner, is giving us many new ways to track issues in the press that are relevant to our work, and to make available to broader constituencies some of the research and expert advice that emerge from our field and allied fields. As Linda says elsewhere in this newsletter, to be successful, the NMA needs your contributions--as writers, as conveyors of information, and as mediators between our organization and other publics.

Meanwhile, our longstanding programs and services are thriving. Our conferences have been uniformly successful. The addition of a new Assessment Institute several years ago is now a permanent part of our summer conferences, and this year we added the first Technology Institute, which we hope follows suit. The WPA Journal is especially healthy, thanks to the leadership of its editorial team at Arizona State. The Consultant-Evaluator Service, under the guidance of Deb Holdstein, has its hands full. Our grants program steadfastly attracts excellent projects, and we continue to find it hard to choose among the field's books and the articles in the WPA Journal for our annual awards. Last year's WPA reception at the Modern Language Association Conference appeared to break all records for attendance, thanks the support of the Temple University Writing Program and McGraw-Hill. And our annual WPA breakfast continues to attract a healthy crowd (well, maybe healthy on the way in: our breakfast committee ensures that no one leaves that event needing to eat anything for a day or so).

Increasing global interest in writing continues to show promise for the WPA's move toward internationalization. Over the past two years, the WPA's Consultant-Evaluator Service conducted its first two international visits, to Cairo, Egypt and to Beirut, Lebanon. There is interest in the formation of a Southeast Asian WPA affiliate based in Thailand. And new connections with those in WPA-like positions overseas continue to develop. Over the next year, we will be studying the issue of internationalization to define ways that the WPA can be more inclusive of those beyond the United States and more responsive to their needs and interests.

We're also clearly aware that WPA is not a very diverse organization. We have made strides over the past few years reaching out to WPAs at small colleges, community colleges, and private colleges and universities. A new graduate student SIG and the approval of a parallel listserv will, we hope, begin responding more fully to the needs of graduate students. An additional SIG and place on the summer conference program will provide a forum for WPAs who are not yet tenured. But these efforts are not enough. Our members do not adequately represent HBCs and Tribal Colleges, our two-year college involvement remains limited, and our conferences do not attract enough members of underrepresented groups. We suffer, of course, from a more general problem of diversity in higher education, but we must do our part. I am especially pleased that in the past few months the Board approved a new grant program designed to fund the attendance at the WPA Summer Workshop of new WPAs who are members of underrepresented groups. Thanks to contributions by Robert Eddy (Washington State University) and the University of Dayton, the program is launched. Over the years and with vigorous fundraising, we hope to make this program as successful as our Connors Fund, which underwrites the cost of attending the annual WPA breakfast for graduate students.

These and other activities are described in more detail in this--our third electronic issue of the WPA Newsletter. But programming and activities are only one part of what makes me proud to be associated with the WPA. This organization would not be as vibrant and successful as it is without its members and leaders. I have been blessed to preside over an outstanding Executive Board made up of some of the finest people in our profession--hard workers, insightful and caring administrators, and terrific friends. In 2001, I wrote in my election statement that the WPA "has been for me a source of much professional and personal support--in good times and in bad, in my development as an administrator and in my sense of belonging to a community of good people working extraordinarily hard to do good things." The last four years on the Board have only anchored those feelings more firmly in my affection for the WPA and for all who are part of it. I look forward to my continuing role on the Board as Immediate Past President. Thanks to all of you for the opportunity to serve.

From Incoming President Shirley K. Rose

It's a great privilege for me to be providing leadership for this organization at this time. As Chris' letter makes clear, the Council of Writing Program Administrators has been moving into new spheres of activity that will allow us to provide more kinds of support for a more diverse membership. For these recent initiatives to be as successful as possible, it is especially important that our organizational operations--those things we do to keep the longer-standing but still important activities going and to maintain the organization itself--be carried out as effectively as possible and not distract us from opportunities to extend our influence on college-level writing instruction and our contributions to broader change in higher education.

Currently two major organizational tasks face us: selecting CWPA's Institutional Home for the next several years and considerations of amendments to our constitution that will reflect necessary structural changes in governance, such as identifying long-term responsibility for Digital WPA and long-term oversight of NMA activities. Closely related to these organizational projects, the activities of a new ad hoc committee, the WPA Archives Committee, will include inventorying the current archival holdings and developing collection goals and policies. The work of the organization is of interest to historical researchers and it's critically important that we make information and records accessible. Some of that historical work will be featured at the 2006 WPA Conference in Chattanooga, highlighting the theme "Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities." It's no doubt obvious that the priorities I've set for my term as President reflect my own scholarly interests and experience to some degree. There's enough work to be done within and by the organization for the same to be true of all of the members. You all can expect to be invited and urged to volunteer for service on our standing committees, special committees, and ad-hoc committees. Please watch for these announcements and invitations forthcoming on Digital WPA.


Alaska Conference a Success

by Shirley Rose, President

The theme "Writing as Writing Program Administrators" focused the activities of the WPA's 2005 summer conference, workshop, and institutes at the University of Alaska Anchorage, July 3-10. The conference, which began after the conclusion of the four-day summer workshop and all-day assessment institute and technology institute (all reported on elsewhere in this newsletter), brought together over 150 participants from Alaska and the "Lower 48" (and a few from other countries) to participate in roundtables, panels, problem-solving sessions, forums, and collaborative writing sessions in addition to a series of professional development mini-workshops on various genres of WPA writing. After a Thursday evening reception and orientation session opened the conference, the program kicked into high gear with Malea Powell's Friday morning plenary address. At the Friday evening banquet, conference participants and guests were both entertained and informed by the after-dinner remarks of UAA Chancellor Elaine Maimon and UC-Berkeley Vice Provost Donald McQuade--both founding members of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. Paul Prior's plenary address kept participants focused and energized through Saturday afternoon. Though the formal conference program ended with the traditional Sunday morning Town Hall Meeting, a number of conference-goers were overheard still discussing the issues with one another on hikes, cruises, and other recreational trips afterwards.


Knotted Threads from WPA-L

by Carol Rutz, Carleton College

In addition to some annual topics (e.g., highlights of the Sundance Film Festival by Bonnie Kyburz, the lowdown on the conference site and environs in advance of the WPA Conference in Anchorage [thanks to Trish Jenkins, Jeff White, and many more!], a query about good readings for TA training posed by Sue McLeod), a couple of topics dominated discussion on our favorite listserv this spring and summer. The new SAT writing test became a cultural phenom the moment that high school juniors sat for the first administration last spring. Led by Les Perelman, Dennis Baron, Doug Hesse, and others, the national media joined a thoughtful discussion that went beyond wit and parody to serious considerations of techniques of writing assessment. As always, WPAs, including Ed White, David Jolliffe, and Kathi Yancey, drew on assessment literature and current research, and some who participated in the scoring, including Becky Taylor, described their experience with incisive commentary. Anyone interested in the theorizing accompanying this debate should contact Les for the text of Perelman's Conjecture. Ask him to send you the illustrated version. A question from John Gravener about how to decode job ads that request familiarity with "technology" spawned a wide-ranging discussion on hardware, software, pedagogy, orality and literacy. Among the wise contributors were Dennis Baron, Rich Haswell, C.J. Jeney, Chet Pryor, Fred Kemp, Kathy Fitch, Beth Daniell, Chris Anson, John Walter, and Elizabeth Wardle. The discussion about the pencil as a technology (not to mention Wendell Berry's writing habits) spun this thread into the equivalent of Rumpelstiltskin's straw into gold. "Never start a sentence with 'A.'" This advice was quoted by Karen Lunsford, responding to a student's memory of being taught this rule. A fascinating discussion ensued, featuring detailed exposition by Rich Haswell and Joe Williams that touched on genre, rhetorical context, and much more. (A quick scan reveals three such sentences in this column, including this one. If they violate any laws, natural or otherwise, I plead guilty. Cheerfully.)

Check the WPA-L archives <> for instructions for joining the list as well details on these and other threads, including reciprocal jibes about and praise for the quality of two-year and four-year programs, ways to articulate the distinction between writing to learn and writing to perform, and the technology/outcomes discussion at the WPA conference.


San Francisco Breakfast Reaches a High

by Lauren Fitzgerald, WPA Breakfast Committee

High above the San Francisco skyline, on the 52nd floor of the Bank America Building, the WPA held its annual CCCC breakfast at the Carnelian Room. If you missed the chance to catch up on news of the organization while dining with fellow WPAs and enjoying the panoramic views, many of the announcements can be found in this newsletter. We were especially happy to honor Chet Pryor with a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding service to the WPA for his years of supporting the annual breakfast, and for being such a welcoming presence to new and continuing WPAs. Clyde Moneyhun and Carol Rutz also deserve a hearty thanks for their ongoing service to the Breakfast Committee.


Reaching Out with WPA-NMA

by Linda Adler-Kassner, Chair, WPA-NMA

The WPA Media Committee has been in the process of developing the Network for Media Action (WPA-NMA) for several months. At the Delaware conference, the NMA held a SIG; attendees agreed that the NMA should continue to develop through the NMA web site, but also try to begin working on our charge of shifting the tenor of public discussions about college-level writing/writing instruction in mainstream media even without the site. To begin working on this goal, we decided we would launch a small, focused campaign around a particular issue in conjunction with the beginning of school. SIG attendees decided that "plagiarism," since it's always hot (as recent discussions on this list have demonstrated), would be attractive to mainstream media/audiences. We decided that the best approach would be to draft a generic document -- something like a press release, but something that would require "doctoring" to incorporate the NMA's strategy of always tailoring our outreach efforts (like letters to the editor, op-ed columns, interviews, and so on) to local sources and local audiences. For that purpose, Joel Wingard put together a template document--something like an extended press release--which was distributed via the NMA listserv. NMA members have used the document, tailored to their local concerns and issues, for various purposes. Some, for instance, have distributed to their institutional public relations staff, who have in turn sent it to local media. Others have used it as the basis for appearances in local media for discussions about student writing and defining and preventing plagiarism through good teaching. The NMA web site should be up and running in the next 2-3 months. In the meantime, if WPA members are interested in learning more about the WPA-NMA, contact Linda Adler-Kassner, NMA Coordinator, at, or subscribe to the NMA listserv by going to and following the prompts.


Best Book and Article Awards

by Joe Janangelo, Book and Article Awards Committee

At the WPA conference in Anchorage, the Best Article Award was given posthumously to Candace Spigelman for "Politics, Rhetoric and Service Learning." Her article appeared in the Fall 2004 (Vol. 28, No. 1-2) issue of WPA: Writing Program Administration. The award-winning article was chosen from those published in the CWPA's journal in 2003 and 2004.

The CWPA has established this award as part of our efforts to develop and promote an understanding of writing program administration as intellectual work of depth, sophistication, and significance. The Awards Committee developed the following criteria for selection:

1) The article has an informed methodological or theoretical perspective.
2) The article is generative, suggesting ways of thinking beyond its immediate context so others can use, build on, or transform the ideas.
3) The article is useful to people in multiple settings and multiple contexts.
4) The article is connected to writing and writing instruction itself and helps the writing program administrator to think about these.
5) The Article helps WPAs get inside of and reflect on real practices in programs and institutions.
6) The article is interventionist, stimulating thought about a plan of action.
7) The article suggests potential for replication in other profession and institutional contexts.
8) The article has potential for continuing relevance for many years to come.

The Best Article Award Committee was composed of Duane Roen (Chair) Joe Janangelo, Libby Miles, and Joel Wingard. CWPA has made a donation to the Penn State Berks-Candace Spigelman Memorial Fund.


WPA Journal

Duane Roen, Barry Maid, and Greg Glau, Managing Editors

At the annual conference in Anchorage this July, journal editors met with members of the Editorial Board to conduct an anchoring session, focusing on an essay that's been submitted to the journal. Comments from this session will be sent to the author, along with reviewer comments. The editors also held an "open meeting" to answer questions about the journal, the reviewing process, to discuss possible essay ideas, and so on. Another Editorial Board meeting will be scheduled for CCCC in Chicago in March, 2006.

The fall 2005 issue (29.1/2) is in production, and includes Neal Lerner, "Internal Outsourcing of Academic Support: The Lessons of Supervised Study"; Judy Hebb, "Re-Envisioning WPAs in Small Colleges as Writing People Advocates"; Anthony Baker, Karen Bishop, Suellynn Duffey, Jeanne Gunner, Rich Miller, Shelley Reid, "The Progress of Generations"; Carl Lovitt, "Literature Requirements in the Curricula of Writing Degrees and Concentrations: Examining a Shifting Institutional Relationship"; Joseph Eng, "Beyond Quality Control: Writing Assessment and Adjunct Accountability at a Small Public University"; Lisa Cahill, Review of The Writing Program Administrator's Resource: A Guide to Reflective Institutional Practice; and Larry Beason, Review of What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing

In January 2005 we announced a special issue of the journal, which is scheduled to appear in spring 2007. The theme is "Bridging the Disciplinary Divide: Integrating a Second-Language Perspective into Writing Programs." The guest editors are Paul Kei Matsuda, Tamara Lee Burton, Maria Fruit, and Jay Jordan.


3rd Annual Assessment Institute Focuses on Outcomes

by Meg Morgan, UNC Charlotte, Institute Co-Leader

Led by George Meese, of Eckerd College, and me, the 2005 Assessment Institute, which took place all day before the opening of the Alaska WPA conference, focused on designing outcomes for program assessment. In the spirit of the WPA Conference, with its focus on administrative writing, the Institute asked its 27 participants to map the complexities of program assessment by considering the purposes and stakeholders of the assessment. We also asked them to describe where they were in the assessment process and to write specific outcomes for their writing programs. Based on participant feedback, there is a strong interest in these and other assessment issues, perhaps even enough that the Institute ought to be expanded to two full days in order to more fully orient the less experienced participants and then lead up to more advanced and complex issues.

We also note with much sadness the absence of the third member of our team, John Lovas of DeAnza College. Former chair of CCCC, John had already made substantial contributions to our planning when he was suddenly diagnosed with advanced, terminal cancer. In spite of this dire prognosis, John expressed sincere regrets at being unable to join us in Alaska. We are deeply saddened to lose this gracious friend and important voice in the field of composition. In many ways, his spirit was very much with us at the Institute.


Digital WPA

by David Blakesley, WPA Web Developer

More than a year in development, Digital WPA made its debut on April 11, 2005 at The new website features a wide variety of tools for WPA members to stay in touch with Council news, events, journal archives, and much more. Members are encouraged to browse the Network for Media Action site, featuring new campaigns and message frameworks on the SAT/ACT, Plagiarism, and Machine Scoring. Several more are in their final stages of approval. Active members can access journal archives, with plans for the complete archives to be available in September, 2005. Active members can also access the most current issue of the journal electronically. Every WPA member can now start a weblog, complete contact and program profile information, active daily notifications about new content, contact other WPA members from the site, and find links to updated writing program websites.  In the fall of 2005, new features to be added will include a chatroom and photo galleries. Executive Board members and other committees can share drafts, vote on motions, and store important content at the site, all in a secure space that allows for different user roles and permissions. We hope to conduct Council elections in Digital WPA in the future.

Members can now renew their memberships online with a credit card, in addition to joining or renewing by mail. Since April 11, 2005, online renewals or new memberships have generated $3,800 in revenue to support the Council's activities. Charlie Lowe (Purdue) was the chief consultant on the project and deserves much credit. Matt Westbrook (Iowa State) wrote the original program for the subscription and payment module. Jennie Dautermann and now John Tassoni process mail-in subscriptions and keep the membership database up-to-date.

If you have questions about how to use Digital WPA, please contact Dave via Digital WPA (search on Blakesley, then click on his name) or by emailing him at


Don't Miss the Train to Chattanooga!

The Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center will be the site of the 2006 Summer workshop, institutes, and conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. The 4-day workshop will begin on Sunday, July 9, and continue through Thursday evening, July 13, and the day-long Technology Institute and Assessment Institute will be offered on Thursday. The Conference will begin Thursday evening and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. In addition to the plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions addressing the conference theme, "Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities," the program will repeat several of this year's professional development mini-workshops and a several new ones on such topics as Documenting a Writing Program, Preparing an Administrative Portfolio/WPA Promotion Case, and Planning for Publishing Program Research. Ask your department chair or dean for funding to attend these mini-workshops! We will also be inviting attendees to prepare poster presentations or other exhibits of their programs' special initiatives, research projects, or signature areas.

The local arrangements committee, headed by our colleagues at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lauren Ingraham, Jennifer Beech, and James Inman, is already planning exciting opportunities in and around Chattanooga before, during, and after the conference. A reception on Thursday evening will introduce participants to all that Chattanooga has to offer, including a variety of museums, a vibrant riverfront area, rich historical sites, and excellent restaurants--all within walking or shuttle distance from the conference center and hotel. Post-conference outings may include organized trips to Chattanooga's African-American History Museum and Bessie Smith Hall, a whitewater rafting trip down the Olympic course on the nearby Ocoee River, guided hikes in the mountains around Chattanooga, or other excursions participants may request. To allow conference attendees to begin planning as soon as possible, review of proposals for concurrent session panels, roundtables, poster sessions, and multimedia presentations will begin on October 15 and continue until the program is filled. A formal Call for Proposals for concurrent sessions will be posted on the Digital WPA website at


New WPA Institute Addresses Teaching Writing with Technology

The CWPA’s first day-long Technology Institute addressed issues including the basics of hardware and access, teacher preparation, funding, and intellectual property. Led by Samantha Blackmon (Purdue University), Will Banks (East Carolina University), and Barbara Schneider (University of Toledo), the institute participants explored both practical and theoretical sides of teaching writing with technology, worked hands-on with several new technologies, and discussed ways to set appropriate technology goals for a variety of writing programs in diverse institutional settings. We hope this institute will become a regular feature of CWPA’s summer activities.


Welcome New Board Members!

In July, three newly elected members to the Executive Board began their three-year terms. Dominic Delli Carpini joins us from York College of Pennsylvania, where he is director of the writing program. Carrie Leverenz hails from Texas Christian University, where she is Director of Composition. Steve Wilhoit brings experiences as a WPA and a director of TA education at the University of Dayton. And in a special election, Susan Kay Miller from Mesa Community College (AZ) will be serving in the position left open by Cynthia Martin, who resigned in order to pursue her new responsibilities as a dean. Susan's term will end June 30, 2007. We welcome all of them to the Board and to the work of the WPA.


Summer Workshop Sees 24-Hour Days

by Lauren Fitzgerald, Workshop Co-Leader

Twenty-three administrators of a variety of programs, including first-year composition, writing centers, WAC, and comprehensive writing programs, participated in the 2005 WPA workshop at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Participants came from a range of institutions--large, medium, and small; public and private; secular and religiously affiliated; from the Lower 48 as well as the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. Led by Irwin (Bud) Weiser (Purdue) and Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva), participants spent three and a half days discussing and writing about WPA roles and responsibilities, program design, curriculum development and trends, assessment, staffing and professional development, and more. Local arrangements provided by Trish Jenkins and Jeff White helped to keep the post-workshop evenings action-packed, with suggestions for local restaurants and recreational activities. Many participants spent their Alaska "nights" hiking, fishing, and moose-spotting. Planning for next year's workshop, to be led by Lauren Fitzgerald and Greg Glau, Director of Writing Programs at Arizona State University, is already underway. Lauren and Greg invite you join them in Chattanooga, Tennessee, July 9-13, for what promises to be a wonderful opportunity to network with other WPAs and learn more about the important work we do.



Two WPA-sponsored panels will be offered for those attending the Modern Language Association conference this December in Washington, D.C.

"Writing Program Administration and Civic Discourse" will feature papers by Dominic Delli Carpini, York College of Pennsylvania; Kelly Kinney, University of Notre Dame; and Bonnie Kyburz, Utah Valley State College. The panel will take place on Friday, Dec. 30, from 1:45-3:00 p.m., in the Park Tower Suite 8228, Marriott Wardman Park.

On Thursday, Dec. 29, from 7:15-8:30 p.m. in the Hoover Room of the Marriott Wardman Park, a panel on "Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media" will feature papers by Shirley Rose, Purdue University; Deborah Holdstein, Northern Illinois University; Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University; and Todd Taylor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Also be on the lookout for announcements about the WPA's annual reception at the MLA. The reception will most likely take place on Friday, Dec. 30, from 5-7 p.m. As always, there will be refreshments and lots of good cheer. Look for more information on WPA-L.


Thanks and Praise


At the WPA conference banquet in Alaska, Board members and conference participants recognized the outstanding service of four Board members to the organization. We bade farewell to three members who had finished their three-year terms on the Board: Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University; Susanmarie Harrington, IUPUI; and Irwin "Bud" Weiser, Purdue University. Kathi Yancey, finishing six years on the Board as Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President, was recognized for her excellent leadership and accomplishments. While all these fine people have transitioned off the Board, we have no doubts that they will continue to serve the organization in countless ways. Our heartiest thanks to all of them for the energy and intelligence they have brought to the WPA.

Occasionally the WPA makes special awards to recognize those who have contributed in longstanding ways to the organization and its causes. At this summer's conference, Certificates of Commendation for outstanding service to the organization went to David Schwalm and Barry Maid for their steadfast attention to the national listserv WPA-L. As founder and original owner of the list, Dave has created something that hundreds of WPAs count on virtually every day of their lives for news, information, and interactions with other WPAs, scholars, and teachers. Barry's help after joining Dave in the effort some years ago has been invaluable. We thank them collectively for their efforts.

We also wish to thank and honor Jennie Dautermann for her years of wonderful and much-appreciated service as Secretary to CWPA. Since Jennie couldn't be in Alaska, a certificate of thanks and a gift from us are on their way to her at as she begins her new position with the SUNY Learning Environments project.


C-E Service Goes International--Again

by Deborah Holdstein, Director, CE Service

The Consultant-Evaluator Service has just completed another successful academic year. In 2003-2004, the Service sent teams to five institutions, one of which was the first overseas visit of a C-E team (to Cairo, Egypt). For AY 2004-2005, the Service extended its reach to The American University in Beirut, where the C-E team had a successful, extended visit that resulted in a useful report to the campus. During this term (Spring, 2005), there have been numerous inquiries, several requests, and, at this relatively early point in terms of inquiries, one confirmed visit for the fall for which a team will be identified.

For further information on the Consultant-Evaluator Service of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, contact Deborah H. Holdstein at


WPA Allied Membership in MLA

Through our Allied Organization status with the MLA, the WPA offered two panels at the 2004 MLA convention in Philadelphia. Chris Anson, Doug Hesse, Kathi Yancey, and Irwin "Bud" Weiser gave papers on a panel titled, "Anything Goes? The Content of Composition." The following day, a panel on "Shaping Conversations about Writing and Reading" featured papers by Clyde Moneyhun, Stanford University; Patrice Gray, Fitchburg State College; and Christine Faye Ross, Quinnipiac University.


Nominations Invited


The WPA will be seeking nominations for a slate of three Executive Board members and a new Vice President, all of whom will begin their terms in July of 2006. Look for a call over the membership email list and on WPA-L soon.



Your Membership

You are now able to renew your membership electronically, using a credit card. In the meantime, if you have questions about your current membership status, please contact WPA Secretary John Tassoni at


About Us

The Council of Writing Program Administrators is a national association of college and university faculty with professional responsibilities for (or interests in) directing writing programs. Members include directors of freshman composition, undergraduate writing, WAC/WID/CAC, and writing centers, as well as department chairs, division heads, deans, and so on. WPA publishes a journal and newsletter, holds an annual workshop and conference, makes grants and awards, develops position statements, offers consulting and program evaluation, and fosters extensive discussions about college writing and writing programs. Faculty and graduate students with professional interests in writing program administration are cordially invited to join WPA.


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