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CGC Summer Institute: Bridging English Language Teaching and Writing Studies in Supporting All Graduate Writers

Location: Yale University, New Haven, CT
Date: June 9, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Contact: Nigel Caplan & Michelle Cox, Co-Chairs at

This year’s theme focuses on graduate writing, especially the intersection of Writing Studies/Composition/Writing Across the Curriculum/writing center and ESL/ELT/EAP as we consider ways to support all graduate writers.

In this 2-and-a-half-day retreat for graduate communication specialists, we will hear from experts in the field, share ideas and experiences, and work in groups to develop graduate writing programs, courses, and research agendas. Building on our successful 2015 colloquium in Toronto, the CGC Summer Institute is an opportunity for us to roll up our sleeves and pursue our goals of supporting graduate writing skills across disciplines, across types of degree programs, and across diverse groups of graduate students.

Participants are encouraged to attend the Institute to develop a specific project in program, course, or research design for their local contexts. Keynotes, discussions, and working groups will provide ideas and opportunities for collaboration and writing.

Keynote speakers:

Michelle Cox, Cornell University
Mary Jane Curry, University of Rochester
Christine Feak, University of Michigan
Karyn Mallet, George Mason University
Talinn Phillips, Ohio University
Steve Simpson, New Mexico Tech

Sponsored by University of Michigan Press.

We look forward to seeing you at Yale in June!

Nigel Caplan & Michelle Cox, Co-Chairs
Jim Tierney, Local Chair (Yale University)
Steve Simpson & Talinn Phillips, Organizing Committee

International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference 2016: Writing Across Difference

Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Date: June 23, 2016 to June 26, 2016

The Sweetland Center for Writing at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce that the 2016 International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference will be held June 23-26 in Ann Arbor. The Call for Proposals is life and the deadline for proposals is November 1, 2015.? You can learn more at

Conference Theme: “Writing Across Difference”

Does writing across disciplinary differences risk writing over other kinds of differences? IWAC 2016 will focus on situating the cross-disciplinarity of WAC/WID within a pedagogy of inclusivity by asking how our pedagogy can broaden ideas of difference within and beyond the classroom to include social, cultural, linguistic, modal, and media differences, among others. In WAC/WID scholarship, writing ideally circulates among these differences, establishes connections and highlights points of conflict, and potentially situates WAC/WID scholars and teachers as agents of change. We welcome proposals that explore ways in which WAC/WID can promote a dialogue on difference and inclusivity and encourage representatives of different WAC/WID populations to offer their multiple voices and perspectives on WAC/WID today.


CWPA 2016 Conference: Engaging Multiple Perspectives in and about Writing Program Administration

Location: Raleigh, NC
Date: July 14, 2016 to July 17, 2016
Contact: Susan Miller-Cochran or Anushka Peres at or

Engaging Multiple Perspectives in and about Writing Program Administration

CWPA 2016 Call for Proposals

Raleigh, North Carolina

July 14-17, 2016



Recent calls for proposals in our journals and professional conferences in rhetoric and composition have highlighted the growing need to pay attention to a wider range of perspectives in our work. Professional organizations, conferences, writing programs, and writing courses have not always been welcoming and relevant to many who have also found their work, perspectives, and histories excluded from scholarly conversations.


Our work as writing program administrators is, and should be, impacted by the multiplicities of who we are and by the subjectivities of our students, colleagues, and staff. Therefore, we need a broad range of voices at the table when we make decisions about our curricula and assessment practices, our programs, and our profession. The field, as well as individual programs and classrooms, needs to encourage an environment that respects the necessity of a variety of perspectives that are both present and absent.


The annual conference gives us a space to invite multiple perspectives and to learn from each other. At our 2016 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina--a space of recent political tension, local activism, and persistent racial inequality--I ask that we examine through a critical lens who has been included in and excluded from conversations about writing programs and how we can encourage a broader dialogue. The following questions offer suggestions for topics you might address, but please do not feel limited by them:

?      What concerns should writing programs be engaged in addressing at this moment?

?      What does it mean to be a WPA?

?      Who identifies as a writing program administrator? Why might people choose to identify (or not to identify) with this professional community?

?      What does it mean to “belong” to this community of writing program administrators?

?      Where does WPA work occur? What are the locations of writing program administration?

?      What are the frames/lenses/terms that can help us examine our work in important ways? For example, would the frames of intersectionality, assemblage, belonging, inclusion, and/or diversity help us rethink assumptions about WPA work?

?      Who have we included, and who have we excluded, in the scholarship we have conducted, the policies we have enacted, and the statements we have made?

?      How has writing program administration research excluded investigations of (dis)ability, race, sexual orientation, culture, and other important social dimensions that construct difference in our world?

?      What proactive, real actions can WPAs take--or have you taken--in writing courses, programs, and/or the profession so that we invite a range of voices and perspectives to the table, especially those who critically challenge current directions?

?      How can we effectively mentor and provide relevant professional development and support to a range of students, faculty, staff, and WPAs?

?      What are the shifting demographics at our institutions, and how should writing programs respond to those changes?

?      What curricular designs and assessment models are most inclusive of a range of abilities, orientations, and perspectives? What can we learn about our current curricular and assessment assumptions? What work in other disciplines might inform the work of WPAs?

?      What is the status of working conditions in writing programs on our campuses, and how can we work to improve those conditions for all instructors?

?      What proactive steps can we take to include the perspectives, needs, and goals of writing teachers from a range of ranks and positions (e.g., graduate student, non-tenure-track, staff, tenure-track) in decision-making and planning?

?      What outreach, activism, and advocacy work could writing programs engage in?


CWPA is eager to welcome those who participate in "writing program administration" writ large. This could include work with: writing centers; multiple sections or instructors of writing courses; professional and technical writing programs; community writing programs; ESL writing programs; WAC and WID programs; course and program assessment; or any other work that is related to writing instruction or program direction.



There are three parts to the annual conference that you might participate in:

?      The pre-conference workshop for writing program administrators (July 10-13) with workshop leaders Sheila Carter-Tod, Heidi Estrem, Peggy O’Neill, and Chuck Paine. We will offer two workshops this year to accommodate more participants.

?      The pre-conference institutes (July 14). New this year: instead of pre-determining the three institutes we will offer, we invite proposals for full-day institutes on topics of relevance for WPAs. See proposal information below.

?      Conference (July 14-17): we invite proposals for full panels, individual presentations, and interactive workshops as part of the conference schedule. See proposal information below.



You can propose up to two speaking roles, whether an institute and a conference presentation or two conference presentations.


A.    Conference Presentations

1. 15-minute individual presentations

Presenters may submit individual paper or presentation proposals; these will be combined into panels/sessions of three or four speakers on the program.


2. Full session panel of multiple presentations

These may take any form you choose. Two popular formats have been:


Conversation Starters: panels in which a number of speakers give six-minute presentations on a particular topic and then open the floor to a conversation about that topic. Proposals should address (a) the question/topic you want to address or point you want to make; (b) the exigency for your question—why is this important/significant for WPAs? (c) the issues you’d like participants to take up in conversation. Plan to allow at least 30-45 minutes for conversation among the participants.


Panel Sessions: These would consist of three or four 15-minute individual presentations connected by a particular theme. Plan to allow at least 15-20 minutes for questions and discussion.


If you are proposing a full session panel, please clearly indicate in the proposal description which of the above categories your proposal falls into; if you are doing something different, please explain that, too.


3. Interactive workshop

A full session (75-minute) workshop designed to address a particular issue of relevance to WPAs. Workshops might address how to revise one’s work for publication, how to put together a promotion and tenure dossier, how to prepare for a program review, how to lead as a new WPA, and so on.


B.    Pre-Conference Institutes (Thursday)

New this year! In the spirit of welcoming a range of voices and perspectives, we invite proposals for full-day pre-conference institutes. We will offer three institutes on the program. Institutes are interactive and practical spaces for WPAs to learn about topics such as program assessment, preparing for the job market, conducting administrative research, working with various student populations, writing grant proposals, writing as a WPA, leading effective professional development activities in a writing program (to name a few). Independent of how many co-leaders participate in the institute, institutes chosen for the program will be given:

?      two free registrations for the conference (for two of the leaders)

?      a $1000 honorarium (to be divided among the leaders)

?      two rooms at the conference hotel for Wednesday night

?      $60 toward a planning meal on Wednesday night



At the 2016 CWPA conference, we will feature three strands of sessions, and you can indicate your desire to be featured in one of the strands in your proposal:


A. Mentoring Strand Sessions

A strand of sessions at the 2016 conference in Raleigh will again be devoted to professional development and mentoring issues. If you are submitting a proposal in any format to talk about mentoring (broadly defined), please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to Joe Janangelo, chair of the CWPA Mentoring Project, for review. Also feel encouraged to email to let him know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the mentoring strand. For more details, please visit the CWPA Mentoring Project on the CWPA website.


B. People of Color Caucus Sessions

CWPA's People of Color Caucus will offer a strand of sessions at the 2016 conference devoted to issues of racial and ethnic diversity in writing program administration related to scholars, teachers, students, and administrators of color. If you are submitting a proposal in any format that relates to issues appropriate for this strand, please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, chair of the CWPA POC Caucus, for review. Also feel encouraged to email to let her know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the POC Caucus strand.


C. Two-Year College Caucus Sessions

CWPA's Two-Year College Caucus will offer a strand of sessions at the 2016 conference devoted to topics related to, involving, and discussing the contexts of two-year colleges. If you are submitting a proposal in any format that relates to issues appropriate for this strand, please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to Daniel Cleary, chair of the CWPA Two-Year College Caucus, for review. Also feel encouraged to email to let him know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the Two-Year College Caucus strand.



We will begin to receive submissions for the 2016 conference on November 15, 2015. Visit at that time to submit a proposal.



?     January 1, 2016: final deadline for Institute Proposals; expedited review deadline for Conference Proposals

?     March 1, 2016: final deadline for Conference Proposals


For local Raleigh, NC questions email: Jessie Moore (

For CWPA proposal questions email: Susan Miller-Cochran ( or Anushka Peres (

Writing Research Across Borders IV

Location: Bogota, Colombia
Date: February 15, 2017 to February 18, 2017

Writing Research Across Borders (WRAB) IV

International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research - ISAWR invites you to the Fourth World Conference on Writing Research 

15th - 18th February, 2017

Bogotá, Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana


Call for proposals Proposal Deadline 1st April, 2016

The International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research (ISAWR) is composed of researchers from all over the world interested in writing across all education levels. 

ISAWR's Writing Research Across Borders conference is currently the most important global research meeting on writing research and is aimed at discussing topics related with writing and knowledge production across different levels of education. In seven years, the WRAB Conference has promoted the exchange of approaches, the regular updating and the creation of networks to carry out research and international projects. In order to share experiences and research on reading and writing from all over the world, more fully with the work in Latin America and the Caribbean, the next Conference will be held in Bogotá, Colombia, February 2017. 

Previous WRAB conferences were: Writing Research Across Borders (2008) – University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA Writing Research Across Borders II (2011) - George Mason University, de Fairfax, Northern Virginia, USA Writing Research Across Borders III (2014) - Université Paris-Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, France 

The Conference Organizers invite proposals for presentations, symposia, round tables, and posters from all perspectives and methods, as well as directed to all levels of writing development.


Deadline for submission of proposals: April 1, 2016

Proposal acceptance notices sent: June 2016

Proposers must accept the invitation and register for the conference in order to appear on the program: of October 31, 2016.