CFP for MLA 2014: Responding to Vulnerability/ies of Writing Programs

Responding to Vulnerability/ies of Writing Programs

The Liaison Committee of the Council of Writing Program Administrators invites proposals for a panel at the MLA 2014 convention. This year’s MLA convention theme is “Vulnerable Times,” and drawing on that theme, we invite proposals that examine, explore and/or assess ways that WPAs and writing teachers have responded to the vulnerable position(s) of writing programs, writing faculty, writing students, and writing curricula and objectives. Panelists might address topics such as:

  • Contingency, contingent faculty, and The New Faculty Majority
  • Graduate labor in writing programs
  • The position of writing programs/faculty in departments and colleges
  • The status of Writing Program Administrators
  • Assessment of writing programs
  • Writing programs and accreditation, including involvement in QEPs
  • Establishing/changing writing curricula/objectives
  • Fluctuating writing program budgets
  • Administration of Writing Centers
  • Working with marginalized student populations (e.g., multilingual students, student veterans, GLBTQ students, students with differing abilities)

These topic ideas are intended as suggestions and not limitations. Proposals for the panel should be no longer than 250 words and must be received no later than March 1, 2013. Proposals should be sent via email attachment to Susan Miller-Cochran at Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Liaison Committee ( Important note: Session participants for the January 2014 MLA convention must be MLA members by April 7, 2013.