Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Director of the Writing Program

The Spelman College English Department invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Associate Professor with a concentration in Rhetoric/Composition to direct the Comprehensive Writing Program, beginning August 2016, job code TF0700. Candidates should be able to teach in the general education core, and in the English major and Writing minor. Directing the CWP will be a rotating position.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Composition or related field with a specialization in Assessment and/or Writing across the Curriculum.

Assessment Specialist I, Verbal & Writing

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Wholistic Writing Assessment Rubric


I would like to ask you for any suggestions on how to create a wholistic writing assessment rubric for first-year university writing students. I'm intrigued by Vicki Spandel's 6-Trait Writing Assessment Methodology as outlined in "Creating Writers;" however, if possible, I would like adapt a methodology like that to my first-year university writing students who are learning argument.

At the same time, my students are working to master some of the fundamentals of edited
American English. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks so much.



ISU's Eng. 101 Grading Standards (shared by request)

Attached please find a copy of grading standards for single units in "Composition as Critical Inquiry" (Eng. 101), the introductory composition course in Illinois State University's Writing Program.

Several participants in today's (Fri. 7/13) WPA 2007 conference session C.4 ("Readiness...") requested that I share these. I hope you find them helpful.

Thanks to Marvin Diogenes for his presentation, and thanks to all those who attended our session.

--Bob Broad

2007 Assessment Institute Blog and other info for participants

I'm pleased to pass along this message from the Asessment Institute leaders.--Shirley

Dear WPA Assessment Institute Participants, 

We (your facilitators) look forward to working with you next week! To maximize our day together, we thought it would be helpful to do a bit of reading before the institute takes place.  So we've started a blog on Wordpress ( to enable us to connect. 

2007 WPA Summer Workshop Agenda/Schedule

I'm pasting in a note from the 2007 WPA Summer Workshop leaders.--Shirley


There are still a few seats left for the WPA Summer Workshop (held the Sunday-Wednesday, July 8-11) before next month's conference (July 12-15). For full details please see

Susan Miller Cochran and I have been working hard to construct a thoughtful and useful agenda -- see below.

WPA Assessment Institute Blog for Participants

WPA Assessment Insititute leaders Margaret Price, Darren Cambridge, and Michael Neal will be communicating via blog with registered participants prior to the institute, which will be held July 12. 

For more information about the 2007 WPA Assessment Institute, go to this node on the WPA website:

 As of June 8, there were still a few spaces remaining in the institute.


Shirley Rose

WPA President