Call for Proposals
2006 Summer Conference of the
Council of Writing Program Administrators
Chattanooga (Tennessee) Choo Choo Convention Center and Hotel
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, â€œKeeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Out for New Opportunities,â€ acknowledges both the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and nearby Lookout Mountain, but it also conveys our thematic focus on the importance of continual reflection, planning, and inquiry to maintain direction and momentum for the writing programs we lead.
We invite proposals for sessions addressing the conference theme in such areas as the following:
â€¢ histories of writing programs and writing program administration
â€¢ contributions of WPA experience to development as scholars and administrators
â€¢ means and uses of reflection in writing program administration
â€¢ strategies, processes, and outcomes of planning for WPAs and writing programs
â€¢ setting and measuring progress toward writing program goals
â€¢ extending the influence of our writing programs
â€¢ making connections between writing in secondary and post-secondary settings
â€¢ representing writing programs to our publics
â€¢ redesigning writing programs with new media and multi-literacies
We welcome a variety of session formats, including (1) full panels involving several speakers addressing related topics, (2) individual presentations to be grouped together by the program committee, and (3) roundtables and forums on a single topic. Proposals for innovative presentation formats are invited as well. We invite attendees to prepare poster presentations or other exhibits of their programs' special initiatives, research projects, or signature areas.
The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. In addition to plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions, the program will include professional development mini-workshops 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.
Proposals may be submitted at http://wpacouncil.org/node/216 from November 21, 2005, until February 1, 2006. Proposals submitted after this date will be reviewed only if space remains on the program.
For detailed up-to-date information about the conference, visit the conference website at:
Conference Chair: Shirley Rose, President, Council of Writing Program Administrators
Local Chairs: Lauren Ingraham, Jennifer Beech, and James Inman