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DIY Scholarship: Strategies for the WPA PhD

By Virginia Schwarz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

During my academic hiatus, I learned how to be a do-it-yourself scholar, and I 

think that approach can be helpful in PhD programs, especially for future writing 

program administrators (WPAs). The six years I spent in teaching and administrative 

roles at various community colleges helped me form a strong identity as a WPA, and I 

also learned to be very creative in finding—and making—opportunities. If you’re a new 

Keeping the Plates Spinning: Surviving as a Graduate WPA

By Katherine Daily, Arizona State University 

 

I’m sitting on the plane headed back to Wisconsin, throttled forward to a land of

cheese-shaped hats, my favorite beer (New Glarus Spotted Cow), and some of the 

nicest, most genuine people you will ever meet. I’m looking ahead to eight glorious 

days with family and friends: the baptism of my nephew and niece, an ugly sweater 

party (or two), meeting up with friends at my favorite cigar bar from my undergrad, 

and hopefully a snowstorm on Christmas eve. However, there’s a feeling of dread 

Negotiating WPA Service and Graduate Student Work

By Todd Ruecker, University of New Mexico

 

As the job market gets increasingly competitive, it is important for graduate students to build 

their professional profile in as many ways as possible.  Beyond completing a stellar dissertation 

and trying to get a few publications, students should seek varying service opportunities present at 

their institution.  As a doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso, I served at different 

times as the Assistant Director of the Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Program, Assistant Director 

WPA-GO 2015 Graduate Committee Election

In July 2015, the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Graduate Committee (GC) will say goodbye to members Christine Garcia (U of New Mexico), Brian Hendrickson (U of New Mexico), and Heather Stone (U of Utah), while Al Harahap (U of Arizona) will assume the Past Chair role.

WPA-GO 2015 Graduate Committee Election

In July 2015, the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) Graduate Committee (GC) will say goodbye to members Christine Garcia (U of New Mexico), Brian Hendrickson (U of New Mexico), and Heather Stone (U of Utah), while Al Harahap (U of Arizona) will assume the Past Chair role.

Call for Nominations WPA-Go Graduate Committee Elections

***DEADLINE EXTENDED to NOV 7, 2014. Get your nominations in this week!***

In July 2015 the WPA-GO Graduate Committee (GC) will say goodbye to current members Christine Garcia, Brian Hendrickson, and Heather Stone; in addition, our current Chair, Al Harahap, will be moving into a special projects and advisory role rather than serving on the standing committees per the organization's succession plan. Therefore, we invite nominations for four new Graduate Committee members.

Call-Out for 2014 CWPA Roundtable Participants in Three WPA-GO Sponsored Mentoring Sessions

The WPA Graduate Organization’s (WPA-GO) Mentoring and Professional Development Committee is searching for colleagues, graduate students, and faculty mentors to participate in three roundtable mentoring sessions at the 2014 CWPA Conference. WPA-GO sponsors professional development sessions that support the preparedness and confidence of graduate students interested in WPA work. This year’s roundtable topics are described below.

Important note: Please know that an individual can participate in no more than two sessions, in any capacity, at this year’s CWPA conference.

WPA-GO 2014 Graduate Committee Election

In July 2014, the WPA-GO Graduate Committee (GC) will say goodbye to members Jessica Nastal, Kathryn Trauth Taylor, Carolyn Wisniewski, & Courtney Adams Wooten. In order to maintain the 7-person GC as outlined in the WPA-GO Bylaws, we will elect 4 new GC members. Voting will take place for 2 weeks (January 16-31), & results will be announced in early February.

Call for Applications: 2014 CCCC Graduate Student Travel Grants

The Writing Program Administrators Graduate Student Organization (WPA-GO) & the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) are pleased to offer at least six travel grants of $100 each (plus admission to the CWPA Breakfast at CCCC) to current graduate students presenting at or in association with the 2014 Conference on College Composition & Communication, to be held March 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN.

 

Eligibility & Special Considerations:


To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

WPA-GO Call for Graduate Committee Nominations

In July 2014 the WPA-GO Graduate Committee (GC) will say goodbye to current members Jessica Nastal, Kathryn Trauth Taylor, Carolyn Wisniewski, & Courtney Adams Wooten; therefore, we invite nominations for four new Graduate Committee members.

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