WPA 2011 Conference Workshop

2011 Workshop for WPAs

Join new, prospective, and continuing administrators of all varieties of writing programs—including FYC, writing centers, WAC, ESL, and basic writing—in three and a half days of workshopping and conversation addressing the theoretical, curricular, and political demands of our work.

Topics will include:

  • What is a WPA?
  • Institutional Relationships and Politics
  • Directing Writing Programs at Different Types of Institutions
  • Program Design, Outcomes, and Goals
  • Hiring Practices, Faculty Development, and Faculty Evaluation
  • Student and Program Assessment
  • Understanding Budgets
  • Developing and Articulating Relationships among FYC, WAC Programs, Writing Majors, and Writing Centers
  • Researching and Networking as a WPA
  • Writing as a WPA

Participants will gather Sunday afternoon, July 10, meet daily through Wednesday afternoon, July 13, and will have the opportunity to consult individually with workshop leaders in the evenings. In the workshop, participants will be encouraged to raise issues from their own professional situations, which have in the past included liberal arts colleges, two-year colleges, regional and flagship state universities, and major research institutions.

Workshop Leaders

Shirley K. RoseShirley K. Rose is Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs at Arizona State University (Tempe), the nation’s largest college writing program, and is a past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.  She has held WPA roles at Eastern Michigan University, San Diego State University, and Purdue University; has served as Assistant Head of the Purdue Department of English; and is an experienced Systems Appraiser and Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  She regularly teaches graduate courses in writing program administration and has authored numerous articles on writing pedagogy, the intellectual work of writing program administration, and issues in documenting the work of writing programs.  With Irwin Weiser, she has edited three collections of essays on the intellectual work of writing program administration.

Irwin (Bud) WeiserIrwin (Bud) Weiser, Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of English at Purdue University, has served as Director of Composition and Head of the Department of English. He teaches graduate courses in contemporary composition theory, writing across the curriculum, composition research methods, and writing assessment, as well as undergraduate composition courses. Weiser has been a member of the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and of the Executive Committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication and has been a member of the editorial board of WPA and CCC. He has previously co-led the WPA annual summer workshop in 2004, 2005, and 2010. With Shirley K Rose, he has co-edited The WPA as Theorist (2002) and The WPA as Researcher (1999) (Heinemann/Boyton-Cook) and Going Public: What Writing Programs Learn from Engagement (Utah State UP, 2010); and with Kathleen Blake Yancey, Situating Portfolios (Utah State UP, 1997).