WPA at MLA 2007: The Panels

WPA-Sponsored Panels at the
2007 Modern Language Association Convention
Chicago, Illinois, December 2007

The WPA Executive Board, and the committee on WPA at MLA (Dominic Delli Carpini, Chair, Joe Jananagelo, and Rita Malenczyk) are pleased to announce the following exciting and timely panels to be held at the 2007 MLA Conference in Chicago , Illinois . The panels address issues of concern for WPAs that have been raised at the 2006 and 2007 WPA Summer conferences.

In 2006, Past President of the WPA Chris Anson urged our membership to revitalize the important research agendas that have always been at the heart of our work, research that can then demonstrate to many publics what we have learned about the teaching and administration of writing. This topic is addressed in Panel 1. Chris Anson will act as a respondent for this panel.

At the 2007 WPA summer conference, the membership discussed its ongoing commitment to fair labor practices in the administration of writing programs. Panel 2 will offer discussions of programs that have attempted to address those issues.

We hope that many of you will be able to attend.

Panel 1: (Session #11) Current Research Agendas in Composition and Writing Program Administration

Thursday, 27 December: 3:30–4:45 p.m. , Columbus Hall G, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Presiding: Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan Univ.

1. “The Search for ‘Replicable, Aggregable, and Data-Supported' Research: Rethinking What Actually Happens in Writing Center Tutorials,” Linda S. Bergmann, Purdue Univ. , West Lafayette ; Laurel Reinking, Purdue Univ. , West Lafayette

2. “But What Difference Can It Make? A Small-Scale Study of Course-Based Peer Tutoring,” Dara Rossman Regaignon, Pomona Coll.

3. “How Do Teaching Assistants Put Theory into Practice? Researching the Effectiveness of Teaching-Assistant Education in Composition,” E. Shelley Reid, George Mason Univ.

Respondent: Chris Anson, North Carolina State Univ.


Panel 2: (Session #219) Ethical Practices in Delivering Composition: Beyond Labor Problems to Labor Solutions

Friday, 28 December: 10:15–11:30 a.m. , Water Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago

Presiding: Joseph M. Janangelo, Loyola Univ. , Chicago

1. “Permanent Lecturers: Somewhere Sideways of Tenure,” Douglas Hesse, Univ. of Denver

2. “Intervening in the Adjunctness of It All: Compensation for Adjunct Faculty Members Who Participate in Faculty Development,” Christine Faye Ross, Quinnipiac Univ.

3. “Passing on the Directorship of a Writing Center ,” Bradley T. Peters, Northern Illinois Univ.

4. “The Custom Textbook as Professional Development,” Kim McDonald, Univ. of New Orleans

WPA Social at the 2007 MLA Conference, December 28

To entice you further to join us in Chicago, WPA and Purdue University, the organization's institutional home, will be hosting a WPA Social at the MLA Conference , to which all WPA members are invited. Join us for great Cajun food and a cash bar on Friday evening, December 28 at Heaven on Seven ( 111 North Wabash Avenue, 7 th floor) from 5:30-7:30 . Details and a more formal invitation will be forthcoming.