WPA Book Award Announced

The Council of Writing Program Administrators is pleased to announce its 2004-2005 Award for Best Book on Writing Program Administration.

Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline, edited by Barbara L’Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo (Parlor Press, 2004) has been selected for the Council of Writing Program Administrator’s Best Book Award for 2004-2006.

The Council of Writing Program Administrators has established this award as part of its efforts to develop and promote an understanding of writing program administration as intellectual work of depth, sophistication, and significance. The Awards Committee employed the following criteria for selection:

1. The book addressed one or more issues of long-term interest to administrators of writing programs in higher education.
2. The book presents outcomes of the intellectual work of one or more writing program administrators.
3. The book discusses theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing program administration work.
4. The book shows sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing program administrators work.
5. The book makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of writing program administration.
6. The book will serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing program administration.

In nominating this text for the award, one faculty member noted that L’Eplattenier and Mastrangelo’s book offers the first “sustained examination of the historical roots of Writing Program Administration.” Another praised the text’s archival work and the editors’ ability to “tell us how WPAs worked to professionalize and intellectualize their programmatic work, often in the face of unsupportive, unreflective, and/or uninterested administration personnel. They give us disciplinary heroes and leaders.”

The editors received certificates of the award at a special presentation during the Friday evening banquet at the Council of Writing Program Administrators Summer Conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 14, 2006.

Members of the Award Committee were Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva University), Gregory Glau (Arizona State University), and Stephen Wilhoit, Chair (University of Dayton).