Call for Proposals - 2010 and 2011 Summer Conferences!

The WPA Annual Conference in Your Backyard!

The WPA Executive Board is soliciting proposals to host the WPA Summer Conference, Workshops, and Institutes in 2010 and 2011.

As regular WPA attendees know, the WPA Summer Conference, Workshop and Institutes are sponsored by one or more institutions and hosted by local WPAs, members of the Executive Board, and the WPA at large. This is a terrific opportunity to be active in WPA, to build working relationships with WPAs in your area and to showcase your academic institution and home area.

Those interested in sponsoring a WPA Summer Conference and Workshop in 2010 and 2011 should submit a proposal to be considered by the WPA Executive Board by November 15. Proposals should include the following:

(1) Information about the people on the local arrangements committee. Provide names, contact information, institutional affiliation, (contacts, institution, etc.). Describe the "management structure" of responsibilities (local chair, coordinators for conference registration, web site, Saturday night social, local amenities, liaison with publishers, etc).

(2) Information about the site(s) for the Conference, Workshop, and one-day Institute(s). Describe the conference site, indicate the size of the hotel/lodging and the meeting facilities (number, size, location) for a three-day conference (250-300 attendees-one room must be able to hold 300) and the four-day workshop preceding the conference (30 people). One-day institutes are run concurrently and require meeting space plus break and lunch facilities. Provide cost estimates for hotel rooms/lodging, parking (if any), meals, meeting rooms, and AV equipment (including set-up and take-down). List local sightseeing and cultural opportunities for conference attendees. Describe transportation to and from the conference.

(3) Information about the institution(s) that will sponsor this event. Note types of sponsorship, including any institutional conference arrangers, and in-kind contributions your institution(s) can provide, including personnel, financial support, web hosting, publishing and photocopying services, etc.

You may request complete guidelines and/or models of successful proposals from Linda Adler-Kassner (see contact information below).

Please submit your proposal via email attachment by November 15 to Linda Adler-Kassner (, Chair of the WPA Summer Conference Siting Committee. Please use "WPA Conference Proposal" in your subject line. Questions are welcome! Other committee members include Dominic Delli Carpini and Barb Lutz.