MLA Events of Interest to WPAs--all of the info in one place

MLA Sessions of Interest to WPAs:
WPA Panels at 2005 MLA in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 29 December
599. Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media
7:15-8:30 p.m., Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park
Presiding: Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

  1. "The More Things Change"
    Deborah H. Holdstein, Northern Illinois University
  2. "Breaking (the) News: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers in Mainstream Media through the WPA Network for Media Action"
    Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University
  3. "Coming Soon to a Writing Program Near You"
    Todd Taylor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  4. "Multi-Media Archives and the Documentation of WPAs' Intellectual Work"
    Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

Division on History and Theory of Rhetoric Panels at MLA

Please note these additional MLA sessions of interest to WPAs:

(information about sessions sponsored by the council of Writing Program Administrators and sessions sponsored by the Teaching of Writing Division is available at

*329. Ancient Rhetorics and Contemporary Pedagogies
Wednesday, 28 December
7:15–8:30 p.m., Wilson A, Marriott Wardman Park

Presiding: Don Bialostosky, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

CompFAQs Wiki for Developing WPA Knowledge

If you're interested in WPA knowedge or in how WPAs develop knowledge, check out Glenn Blalock and Rich Haswell's new web resource for WPAs. From the home page of CompFAQs:

CompFAQs is a Wiki site, an extension of CompPile, meant to be a space for collaborating on answers to questions we pose regularly as writing teachers and as administrators of writing programs.

Assistant or Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator

The University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for the position of Assistant, advanced Assistant, or Associate Professor of English and Writing Program Administrator (WPA), starting in the Fall semester of AY 2006-07; the WPA has a 2/1 teaching load per academic year, including undergraduate and graduate teaching, and thesis and dissertation supervision. The WPA will work with and supervise Associate and Assistant Directors of the First-Year English Program (FYEP), the Director and Associate Director of the Writing Center, and the Coordinator of Developmental English. The WPA will also be responsible for supervising graduate teaching assistant training and coordinating outcomes assessments for the individual programs listed above as well as for the English Department as a whole. Additional duties will include serving as a liaison between the English Department and other University departments and programs, providing leadership and assistance in the development of cross-disciplinary writing programs and initiatives. The WPA must be an active researcher--preferably in two or more of the following areas: writing program administration, assessment, pedagogy of writing, and writing across the curriculum (WAC), and writing in the disciplines (WID). Additional research or experience in technical writing, educational technology, distance learning, learning communities, or service learning is desirable. Minimal qualifications are a PhD in English, Rhetoric, Composition, or a related field as well as experience as a writing program administrator or a similar administrative position. Salary and rank are commensurate with credentials/experience; salary is based on a nine-month contract. Summer teaching is a possibility. Located in the Dallas-Forth Worth metropolitan area, UTA is rated a Doctoral/Research Extensive University by the Carnegie Foundation and offers an M.A. and Ph.D. in English. Applications must be postmarked no later than November 15 if applicants wish to be considered for an MLA interview. Position open until filled. Send letter of application and CV to Professor Kevin Porter, Chair, WPA Search Committee, English Department, P.O. Box 19035, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019-0035. UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Assistant Professor/Composition and Rhetoric

Assistant Professor of English

English Department at small four-year public college invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure track) specializing in composition. Doctorate and primary research program in composition and rhetoric or a related field required, as well as two years teaching of writing at the college level. In addition to teaching and pursuing an active program of research, responsibilities will include oversight of York's freshman writing course. The successful candidate will be prepared to teach a range of writing courses at both freshman and advanced levels. Experience with basic writing, ESL, writing program administration, WAC, online teaching are assets. To begin September 1, 2006; must have doctorate by that date. York, a senior college of the City University of New York located in southeast Queens, is an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. Preliminary interviews anticipated at MLA. By 30 November 2005, send letter of application and curriculum vitae to the attention of Professor Linda M. Grasso, Department of English, York College/CUNY, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11451.


Writing Program Director and Rank-Open Professor of Composition and Rhetoric


The University of Michigan-Dearborn invites applications and nominations for an Associate or Full Professor to direct its Campus Writing Program starting July 1 2006. Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Writing Program and its long term strategic planning, the Director will serve as the administrative head of the program collaborating with writing faculty; overseeing peer counselors in the Writing Center; facilitating faculty development under the direction of the Humanities department, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters and the Office of the Provost; overseeing hiring, retention, and review of part time lecturers in the Program and connecting the WP with academic initiatives such as First Year Seminars, the Honors Program and the writing track in the English discipline. The Director will be responsible for continuing the conversations on student writing and engaged pedagogy across campus.


Assistant Professor: Professional Writing and/or Journalism

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Assistant Professor, Professional Writing and/or Journalism

We invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Professional Writing and/or Journalism, beginning August 2006. Required: a PhD with a concentration in professional writing, rhetoric, and/or journalism and a demonstrated commitment to research and teaching. Responsibilities will include teaching such undergraduate and graduate courses as magazine writing, editing, journalism, professional writing, and rhetorical theory. Preference will be given to candidates experienced in teaching with technology. All tenure-line faculty participate in teaching basic studies courses in composition or literature. Candidates should expect to engage in an active and productive research agenda as well as contribute to departmental and college service. To apply, please complete the online application process available on the Web at A letter of application, vita, and contact information for three professional references should be addressed to Keith Newlin, Search Committee Chair, and attached to the online application—not emailed, mailed, or faxed. Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachments are preferred. For questions regarding the online application process, contact Jane Bullock at (910) 962-3764. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release. The search committee will conduct interviews at the MLA Convention in Washington. UNCW, ranked among the top ten regional public universities in the South, is located in an historic coastal resort city and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.