2007 WPA Research Institute

WPA invites you to attend the

2007 WPA Research Institute

July 12, 2007

Sponsored by the Council of Writing Program Administrators
in conjunction with its summer conference at the
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Tempe, AZ, July 12-15, 2007

Focus: “Writing Program Based Research: Identifying Best Practices and Developing New Projects”

We invite all interested to participate in the identifying and discussing a set of “Best Practices” for writing program based research (WPBR). The purpose of the Research Institute is to identify valuable exemplars and types of WPBR and to help participants coordinate and implement cross-institutional projects through sharing instruments, designs, and/or results.

The institute offers a primer on research methodologies used to investigate writing and participants will work on developing research project designs for whole writing programs (rather than individual classroom-based projects) and discuss the ethics, rhetoric, and politics of conducting WPBR.

Institute Leaders:

Irwin (“Bud”) Weiser is the Head of the Department of English at Purdue University. Co-editor of WPA as Researcher (Heinemann, 1999) and WPA as Theorist (Heinemann, 2002), and author of several articles and book chapters reporting writing program based research, Bud has taught Purdue’s core graduate Rhetoric/ Composition course on empirical research and teaches Purdue’s WPA seminar on assessment. Bud was Director of Introductuor Composition at Purdue for fifteen years.

Susan McLeod is Research Professor of Writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her publications include Strengthening Programs for Writing across the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum: A Guide to Developing Programs; a multi-cultural textbook for composition, Writing about the World; Notes on the Heart: Affective Issues in the Writing Classroom; WAC for the New Millennium: Strategies for Continuing Writing Across the Curriculum Programs; Composing A Community: A History of Writing Across the Curriculum; and Writing Program Administration, in the Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition series edited by Charles Bazerman, as well as numerous articles on writing across the curriculum and writing program administration.

Bob Broad is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Illinois State University. He teaches graduate courses in writing assessment, composition pedagogy, and research methods as well as undergraduate courses in composition, pedagogy, and English Studies. Bob wrote What We Really Value: Beyond Rubrics in Teaching and Assessing Writing (Utah State UP, 2003), and his articles and book reviews have appeared in Research in the Teaching of English, Assessing Writing, The Journal of Writing Assessment, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Works and Days, and African American Review.

Message and Assignment from the Institute Leaders: The research institute will help participants to develop and refine plans for a specific program-based research project. We will consider the question "What is (Program) Research?" and will discuss topics such as developing research questions and appropriate methodologies for investigating them and working with Institutional Review Boards. As a means of beginning a discussion of Best Practices, we will discuss some models and exemplars of program research. Participants should bring copies of at least one tentative research question for which they have identified a purpose, audience, and forum. We also encourage participants to bring copies of their institution’s relevant IRB/Human Research Subjects guidelines and applications.

Institute price: $ 140 (includes lunch and two breaks)

Online registration is now closed. Mail-in registration must be postmarked July 1 or earlier. After that date, only onsite registration will be accepted.