CWPA Network Breakfast Table Topics!

Thanks to everyone who submitted input for topics at the WPA 2010 Network Breakfast. Based on your input, we've created the following table topics. WPAmbassadors will be on hand at the Seelbach to guide breakfast eaters to tables. Arrive early for your first choice!

Table 1: Writing Program Administration in the Two-Year College * Jeff Klausman and Eileen Ferretti

What are the specific challenges facing two-year college WPAs? What are some of your biggest success stories? What in your writing program from the past year are you most proud of? What resources do you find most useful / inspiring? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 2: Graduate Students and Writing Program Administration * Doug Downs and Stephen Wilhoit

What kinds of experiences best prepare graduate students for postgraduate WPA work? For the postgraduate WPAs at the table: what kinds of experiences do you wish you’d sought out as a graduate student? What graduate school experiences were the most helpful in preparing you for your career? For graduate students at the table: what in your graduate school experience have you found most helpful when considering a career in writing program administration? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 3: Writing Centers * Linda Bergmann and Barb Lutz

What are some strategies for writing center directors to partner with other WPAs, both on an off campus? What are the shared leadership skills of writing center directors and other WPAs, and how might all administrators on your campus share challenges and opportunities develop more effective leadership strategies? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 4: Small Colleges * Elizabeth Vander Lei and Carol Rutz

What are strategies for dealing productively with issues that frequently face small college WPAs? What are the specific opportunities offered in small college environments for collaboration and coalition building? What in your program are you most proud of? What upcoming project, plan, initiative has you the most excited? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 5: Independent Writing Programs * Rebecca Moore Howard and Keith Rhodes

What are the common challenges and opportunities facing independent writing programs in institutions with research- and teaching- focused missions? What in your program are you most proud of? What upcoming project, plan, initiative has you the most excited? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 6: Diversity and WPA Work * Eli Goldblatt and Barb L’Eplattenier

What are some initiatives and strategies by which WPAs can foster an understanding of diversity among students? Faculty? Administrators? What are some initiatives / projects / strategies by which WPAs can support all facets of the diversity of our student population? What are some initiatives / projects /strategies by which WPAs can recruit and retain diversity among the teaching faculty? What in your program are you most proud of? What upcoming project, plan, initiative has you the most excited? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 7: Placement * Bill Condon and Chuck Paine

What placement methods are you using now? What are some of the placement methods that interest you? What additional information would enable the best placement strategy in your program? What resources / materials related to placement have you found most useful? What placement related accomplishments in your program are you most proud of? What upcoming project, plan, initiative has you the most excited? How can CWPA best support members working in this environment?

Table 8: Programmatic Assessment Practices * Brian Huot and Irv Peckham

What current kinds of assessment work is your program engaged in? What is the biggest / most useful question about your program that assessment might help you answer? What resources have you found most useful / exciting in your inquiry into assessment? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 9: English Language Learners * Jeff Andelora

What issues are most pressing for English language learners in your classroom / program? Has the population changed in your campus in recent years? If so, how? What resources have you found most useful / exciting in assisting English language learners? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 10: Technology in the Writing Program * Charlie Lowe and Glenn Blalock

How has the use of technology evolved in your classroom over the last few years? In your program? What new technologies are you using and what new opportunities / initiatives do they enable? What challenges do you face? What resources have you found most useful / exciting in this area? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 11: Finding Mentoring * Joe Janangelo and Sheldon Walcher

How can you best identify and connect with individuals who will serve as a resource and share their expertise on your campus? In the professional community? How can you build a professional network? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 12: Mentoring Non-Tenure Track Faculty * Barry Maid and Susan Thomas

What are the challenges and opportunities we face when mentoring non-tenure track faculty? What are the different non-tenure track populations on your campus and how do you determine their shared goals and support their pursuit of these goals? What resources – including people – have you found most helpful / inspirational on this issue, both on your campus and in your professional community? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 13: Promotion and Tenure * Shirley Rose and Meg Morgan

What issues are specific to WPAs who are seeking promotion and tenure? What strategies are recommended by WPAs who have achieved tenure while administering a program and how might they be adapted to your institutional context? What resources – including people – have you found most helpful / inspirational on this issue, both on your campus and in your professional community? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 14: Publishing as a WPA * Duane Roen and Chris Anson

How does WPA work effect the creation of a research agenda? What are the opportunities and challenges specific to publishing administrative work? Where, on an off campus, can you refine and expand the skills needed for administrative scholarship, particularly empirical skills? What resources have you found the most useful /inspiring in pursuing this kind of work? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 15: Empirical Research * Kathi Yancey and David Blakesley

What are the challenges to developing and implementing empirical studies on your campus? What opportunities does such work offer? What resources have you found the most useful /inspiring in pursuing this kind of work? Where on your campus can you find support in this area? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 16: Advocating Publicly for Your Program * Darcie Bowden and Dominic Delli Carpini

How do you connect with -- and best represent -- your program to – the media and other external constituencies? What are the goals of such work and what strategies best achieve these goals? What resources have you found the most helpful / inspiring when pursuing this kind of work? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 17: WPAs Not on the Tenure Track * Greg Glau and Michael McCamley

What issues and opportunities are specific to WPAs in non-tenuring positions? What are strategies for surviving -- and thriving! –-- in these roles? What resources have been most helpful/inspirational for individuals in these roles? How you can seek out a strong professional network, on and off campus? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 18: WAC / WID * Marty Patton and Susanmarie Harrington

What WAC / WID programs are most successful on your campus? What models that you’ve heard about are most attractive to you? What is your goal for WAC / WID for the next year? How can you build strong writing-based interdepartmental alliances on your campus? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

Table 19 & 20: WPA Survival Strategies * Rita Malenczyk and Lauren Fitzgerald

What are some of the day-to-day challenges particular to WPA work and what are the strategies successful WPAs use to conquer these obstacles? How do experienced WPAs handle the prioritization of tasks? Time management? The balance of teaching/admin/research? The balance of personal and professional life? What are some of the resources you’'ve found most helpful/ inspirational in this area? How can CWPA best support members focused on this issue?

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