CFP: At the Crossroads: Shaping the Future of Writing Programs

Call for Chapter Proposals

Rebecca Jones, Christopher Keller, and John Wittman invite chapter proposals for an edited collection—tentatively titled At the Crossroads: Shaping the Future of Writing Programs that addresses the current and future changes and challenges facing writing programs of all kinds. The editors are interested in chapters that respond to how new challenges are being defined, addressed, theorized, and/or prepared for by those in composition studies and writing program administration. Such chapters might address the growing uses of emerging technologies, growing student enrollments, debates about the future of liberal arts education, or calls for transforming the structure of colleges and universities in general as they relate to Writing Programs. Additionally, the editors are interested in chapters that address basic or developmental writing programs as well as composition programs with unique connections to writing centers, second language learning/literacy centers, and writing across the curriculum programs. The editors envision a book that will serve as a resource for programs at the crossroads, those needing innovative and creative research and information to guide them in their transitions. We invite proposals from those in two-year or community colleges and colleges and universities of all sizes and types. We also welcome collaborative papers written by those responsible for creating and/or implementing new programs. Contributors writing about already-existing writing programs and curriculum designs—those that uniquely address a particular challenge or issue—should also discuss the theoretical assumptions that underlie these designs in order to manifest their potential application and use elsewhere.

Questions to 500-word chapter proposals may be emailed to Christopher Keller ( Please submit proposals by March 15, 2006 (this is an extended deadline).