Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program, Univ. of Calif., Davis

Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program -- Associate or Full Professor

The University of California, Davis, seeks to hire an associate or full professor to direct the University Writing Program, an independent academic program. The appointee will carry the title of Clark Kerr Presidential Chair of the University Writing Program for the duration of his or her tenure as director. We are seeking a candidate with successful administrative experience in a composition or writing program, preferably in a large public university, and with an emerging or national reputation in Composition and Rhetoric Studies. Ability to work with faculty in a large range of science, social science, and humanities disciplines desirable, as well as experience with assessment projects. Proven grant-writing ability is also desirable. Information about the program can be located at http://writingprogram.ucdavis.edu

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(Unofficial) Call for Proposals: 2006 WPA Conference

We'll soon be posting the official call for proposals for the 2006 conference in Chattanooga. Until then, here's an Advance Copy
Call for Proposals
2006 WPA Conference
"Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities"
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
July 13-16, 2006
Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2006

The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. In addition to plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions addressing the conference theme, "Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities," the program will include development mini-workshops and a several new ones on such topics as Documenting a Writing Program, Preparing an Administrative Portfolio/WPA Promotion Case, and Planning for Publishing Program Research. Ask your department chair or dean for funding to attend these mini-workshops! We also invite attendees to prepare poster presentations or other exhibits of their programs' special initiatives, research projects, or signature areas.

WPA at MLA: the party

Going to MLA? Come to the WPA Party!

All WPAs attending the MLA in Washington D.C. are invited to the Council of Writing Program Administrators' party.

When: Thursday, December 29th, 2005, 8:30- 11:00 PM--immediately following our Thursday evening panel on "Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media," from 7:15-8:30 in the Hoover Room at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Where: Ireland's Four Provinces (where we've celebrated before)

Address: 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW (202) 244-0860. That's one block south of the Cleveland Park Metro station on the Red line.

True and Candid Compositions Site Launched

For immediate use Sept. 14, 2005
Photo: To download a photo, see end of story.
Library debuts Web site of history as written by Carolina students

By KELLY OCHS
UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has written a new chapter of history – digitally. “True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina” will go live on the Internet today (Sept. 14).
There are tales about student discipline, as in this 1810 letter from John Ramsey to the university trustees:
“The reason upon which was founded my suspension appeared to have been the act of firing one pistol and if it is any palliation of the crime, it did not take place within the hours prescribed by law for study, nor at night when the cracking of a pistol might have caused greater tumult.”

Letter to David Brooks in response to NYT Editorial

Here's the letter I sent (via e-mail) to David Brooks at the Times in response to his column:

Dear Mr. Brooks:
I am a teacher of first-year writing (aka freshman comp) and of teachers who teach first-year writing. I’d like to invite you to learn more about how composition instructors at my institution -- in fact, at many institutions around the country -- are working to address the growing inequality that you discuss in your column of 25 September.

I teach at Eastern Michigan University, a school of about 25,000 students located 45 miles west of Detroit. Many of our students come from the “bottom half”to which you refer. For these students, as others, a college degree is increasingly necessary to be considered a legitimate participant in American civic life.

Writing Center Director, Coker College, Hartsville, SC (tenure track)

Coker College’s Department of Communication, Language, and Literature seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor to serve as the Director of the Writing Center beginning August 2006. Candidates should hold a doctorate in composition and rhetoric. Applicants with creative writing experience will receive special consideration. Successful candidate will teach two courses a semester while supervising the writing program at the Hartsville and satellite campuses. Desire to instruct non-traditional students is essential. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Review of applicants will begin December 1. Send application letter, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to David McCracken, Coker College, 300 East College Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina 29550. EOE. www.coker.edu.

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Director of Women's Studies, Purdue University

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Director of Women’s Studies Program
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

The Women’s Studies Program at Purdue University invites applications for the position of Director, effective August, 2006. The Women’s Studies Program, established in 1979, is an interdisciplinary academic program in the College of Liberal Arts. The program offers an undergraduate major and minor and a graduate minor curriculum. Courses are offered in feminist theory; interdisciplinary studies in sexualities; gender and multiculturalism; and global feminism, as well as a variety of specialized and advanced courses in areas of faculty interest. The program currently has eight joint-appointed faculty and more than 40 affiliated faculty and has received strong support from the College of Liberal Arts.

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English Education Position

Tenure-track position in English Education with specializations in incorporating technology in Language Arts instruction and one or more of the following areas: literacy and learning theory; planning instruction for diverse learners; writing and writing assessment. Experience in middle or high school required. Ph.D. required.

Please send a current c.v. and a letter detailing expertise and experience in the areas indicated to Dr. Theodore Steinberg, Department of English, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.

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Seeking info on writing program assessment

Our university is currently designing a program to assess several aspects of our First Year Writing program, which consists of two semesters of English Composition. We're considering several options/models for this assessment program, and I'm very interested to hear "real life" stories from WPAs about experiences they've had implementing such programs -- what have been the most significant challenges? benefits? if you could redesign your assessment program from the ground up, what might you do differently?

Ours is a mid-sized, undergrad-only branch campus of a major research university, and I'm especially interested to hear from WPAs at similar institutions, though I'm grateful for hard-won wisdom anyone might have to pass along.

Program Evaluation Consultant in Communication

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks an assessment consultant to evaluate its undergraduate Communication Requirement. The Communication Requirement focuses on developing both written and oral communication skills at the general level and in the student's major field of study. Students are expected to take four Communication Intensive Subjects (CI) sequenced throughout their undergraduate program.
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