Call for Proposals: CWPA 2015 in Boise, Idaho

Sustainable Writing/Program/Administrators

CWPA 2015 Call for Proposals

Boise, Idaho--July 12-19, 2015

At the 2014 CWPA conference in Normal, Illinois, attendees considered the work of writing program administration, often returning to questions of workload, distribution of labor, and realistic expectations for ourselves and others. As our scholarship has shown time and time again, the work of writing program administration is difficult and labor-intensive, yet many invent strategies for approaching that work in ways that make it manageable and exceedingly rewarding. At this year’s conference, we invite you to continue and expand that conversation by considering issues of sustainability in writing program administration from a variety of perspectives: the sustainability of the WPA, the sustainability of writing programs, and the sustainability of writing as we know it. In addition to other issues of concern to WPAs, we particularly invite papers, panels, conversation starters, and interactive workshops that explore possibilities and unsettle accepted practices related to the following questions:

  • What are new visions for writing instruction in a wide range of institutions and programs – community colleges, tribal colleges, HBCUs, and colleges and universities of all kinds?
  • What approaches to sustainable administration are practiced in writing programs, centers, and courses?
  • How can we be more inclusive of voices that have been marginalized in conversations about writing instruction and writing program administration? How can the work of writing program administration be made more sustainable for a broad range of teacher-scholars?
  • What is the future of writing? How might new technologies affect the sustainability of writing as we now know it? How might these changes impact writing instruction?
  • How can partnerships at important transitional points help make post-secondary writing instruction sustainable? What might those partnerships look like?
  • How can we make majors, concentrations, and newly-formed departments of writing more sustainable? What challenges do these programs face? How might we address them?
  • How can writing instruction be supported by sustainable and ethical labor models? How do we make writing instruction a sustainable career for those who are often underpaid and overworked?
  • How might we share effective practices across institutions?
  • What are realistic expectations for WPA workload? How might we create and sustain reasonably happy, healthy lives and productive careers?

CWPA is eager to welcome the voices of those who participate in "writing program administration" writ large. This could include work with: writing centers; multiple sections or instructors of writing courses; community writing programs; WAC and WID programs; course and program assessment; or any other work that is related to writing instruction or program direction.

Planning is already well underway to make sure our time in Boise is thought-provoking, restoring, and challenging. We can look forward to learning from the following plenary speakers:

  • Cheryl Ball, West Virginia University
  • Elizabeth H. Boquet, Fairfield University
  • Seth Kahn, West Chester University


Proposal Types:

1.15-minute individual presentations

Presenters may submit individual paper or presentation proposals; these will be combined into panels/sessions of three or four speakers by the program committee.

2.Full session panel of multiple presentations

These may take any form you choose. In the past, we’ve had success with the following:

  • “Conversation Starters”: panels in which a number of speakers give six-minute presentations on a particular topic and then open the floor to a conversation about that topic. Proposals should address (a) the question/topic you want to address or point you want to make; (b) the exigency for your question—why is this important/significant for WPAs? (c) the issues you’d like participants to take up in conversation.  Plan to allow at least 30-45 minutes for conversation among the participants.
  • Extended Discussions: 10-minute individual presentations which share ongoing research intended to lead to action. Proposals would summarize the presentations and include discussion strategies—how would you engage the audicnce in discussion after the presentations? (E.g., by posing 2-3 questions for them to address?) Plan to allow at least 30-45 minutes for discussion.
  • Panel Sessions: These would consist three or four 15-minute individual presentations connected by a particular theme. Plan to allow at least 15-20 minutes for questions and discussion.

If you are proposing a full session panel, please clearly indicate in the proposal description which of the above categories your proposal falls into; if you are doing something different, please explain that too. We simply need to know what exactly you plan for your session to look like.

3. Interactive workshop

A full session (75-minute) workshop designed to address a particular issue of relevance to WPAs.Workshops might address how to revise one’s work for publication, how to put together a promotion and tenure dossier, how to prepare for a program review, how to lead as a new WPA, and so on. Due to space considerations, we will be able to accept very few double workshop sessions.


At the 2015 CWPA conference, we will feature two strands of sessions on the program.

Mentoring Project Sessions

In response to the interest generated by the Mentoring Project sessions at past CWPA conferences, as well as feedback from the Mentoring Project Survey, a strand of sessions at the 2015 conference in Boise will again be devoted to professional development and mentoring issues.

If you are submitting a proposal in any format to talk about mentoring (broadly defined), please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to Joe Janangelo, chair of the CWPA Mentoring Project, for review. Also feel encouraged to email Joe ( to let him know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the mentoring strand. For more details, please visit the CWPA Mentoring Project on the CWPA website.

People of Color Caucus Sessions

To celebrate the beginning of and emphasize the importance of CWPA's People of Color Caucus, a strand of sessions at the 2015 conference in Boise will be devoted to race and ethnic diversity issues in writing administration related to scholars, teachers, students, and administrators of color.

If you are submitting a proposal in any format that relates to issues appropriate for this strand, please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, chair of the CWPA POC Caucus, for review. Also feel encouraged to email Genevieve ( to let her know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the POC Caucus strand. 


Submissions are being accepted through the CWPA website here. The deadline for expedited review is Jan. 1, 2015, and the final deadline for submissions is March 15, 2015.

We look forward to receiving a variety of lively, engaging submissions from a range of participants, and to a fantastic conference!