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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 (

Creative Connectivity: Thinking, Writing and the Translation of Information to Understanding

Location: Quinnipiac Univeristy, Hamden, CT USA
Date: November 18, 2016 to May 10, 2016
URL: ....
Contact: Paul Pasquaretta at Paul.Pasquaretta@Quinnipiac.Edu
Creative Connectivity: Thinking, Writing and the
Translation of Information to Understanding

6th Biennial International Critical Thinking and Writing Conference

Friday, November 18th, and Saturday, November 19, 2016
Quinnipiac University, Mt. Carmel Campus

Featuring the Keynote Address

The Meaningful Writing Project: A Site of Creative Connectivity

Michele Eodice, University of Oklahoma
Neal Lerner, Northeastern University
Anne Ellen Geller, St. John's University?

Throughout the day on Saturday, the keynote speakers will be available during the concurrent sessions to meet with individuals and groups that are interested in discussing the challenges faced by their programs. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Research and Writing Institute Coordinator: Paul.Pasquaretta@Quinnipiac.Edu 

Conference proposals are due Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Our Theme: Connectivity in its diverse and expanding forms – technological, institutional, glob- al, social, neurobiological, linguistic, and textual - has a profound effect on the way we process, comprehend and apply what we learn. The exponential growth and complexity of knowledge, along with our virtually unlimited access to it, have en- hanced the need to make meaningful connections between what we know and what we seek to understand. In an educational environment that is increasingly dependent on the ability to forge connections, how are meaningful connections made? By whom and for whom are they made? How is the need for creative con- nectivity evidenced in the classroom? What role does connectivity play in the achievement of learning outcomes? 

Creative Connectivity, is intended to explore the many ways that writing, as a critical and reflective practice, can be used to support the creation of deep and meaningful connections within and across the range of experiences that contribute to learning: first-year writing, disciplinary seminars, general education requirements, major and minor programs of study, professional internships, and co-curricular activities. We welcome presentations that explore pedagogical approaches to integrating writing in ways that 
  • ??articulate and witness commonalities and differences across a range of learning experiences
  • facilitate the application of language to thought, and thought to language
  • deepen understanding by observing synergies and distinctions among related course concepts
  • foster inquiry and reflection in ways that broaden knowledge and the opportunity to establish linkages across disciplinary divides
  • integrate co-curricular and curricular experiences
  • create new opportunities for faculty-to-faculty, student-to-faculty, and student to-student dialogue
  • identify and foster connections between student experiences, assignments, and outcomes
  • recognize and appreciate disciplinary distinctions; collaborate across disciplines, and create new modes of inquiry
  • connect thinking across a range of academic cultures and social media
  • bridge academic and professional identities 
 Presenters will have the opportunity to submit their work to be reviewed for publication in the 2017 issue of Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing, which will publish research articles, reports from the field, and letters related to the conference.

Proposals can be submitted via email to the Research and Writing Institute coordinator: We welcome individual and group proposals. Panel sessions will be 90 minutes to allow for discussion. Individual presentations will be limited to roughly 20 minutes each.

Please include the following in your proposal:


  • ??  Title of panel or presentation
  • ??  Information about each presenter, including name, title, institutional affiliation, phone number and email.

  • ??  500-750 word abstract/session description 

What is the Meaningful Writing Project?

The intent of the Meaningful Writing Project is to understand how students across three very different institutions--a private, urban Catholic university (undergraduate enrollment: 14,000); a private, urban university known for experien- tial learning (undergraduate enrollment: 15,600); and a public R1 institution (undergraduate enrollment: 20,000)--make meaning from their writing.

We found that meaningful writing projects offer students opportunities for agency; for engagement with instructors, peers, and materials; and for learning that connects to pre- vious experiences and passions and to future aspirations and identities. Students described the power of personal connection, the thrill of immersion in thought, writing and research, and the satisfaction of knowing the work they produced could be applicable, relevant, and real world. Faculty who taught courses in which meaningful writing took place often deliberately build these qualities into their teaching and curriculum, expressing their goals and values for writing through specific practices.

The Researchers:

Michele Eodice is the Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and director of the OU Writing Center at the
University of Oklahoma. Michele’s current research explores creative knowing in engineering and doctoral stu-
dent writing experiences. Among her publications, twobooks are the products of important collaborations:
(First Person)2 : A Study of Co-Authoring in the Academy (2001), written with Kami Day, and The Everyday W riting Center: A Community of Practice (2007), written with Anne Ellen Geller, Frankie Condon, Meg Carroll, and Elizabeth H. Boquet. In 2013 she published W orking with Faculty W riters with Anne Ellen Geller as co-editor.

At St. John’s University in Queens, New York, Anne Ellen Geller is Associate Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, which was awarded a 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. She teaches undergraduate and graduate English courses, directs a writing fellows program and works with faculty across the disciplines. Anne’s research and published writing, twice recognized with the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Scholarship Award, focuses on writing cen- ters, writing across the curriculum, support for faculty and student writers, co-authorship, and National Endowment for the Humanities funding of writing programs.

Neal Lerner is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, which was a 2014 recipient of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. He has published on the history, theory, administration, and practice of teaching writing in classrooms, laboratories, and writing centers, and is a five-time IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Award recipient. His book The Idea of a W riting Laboratory won the 2011 NCTE David H. Russell Award, and he is also co-author of Learning to Communicate as a Scientist and Engineer: Case Studies from MIT, winner of the 2012 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award, and co-author of The Longman Guide to Peer Tutoring, 2nd ed.

The three co-directors of The Meaningful Writing Project were the recipients of the Best Poster Award at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication and the research was supported by a 2010-2011 CCCC Re- search Initiative Grant. Their book The Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Educa- tion will be published by Utah State University Press in 2017. 



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.