Empirical and theoretical research on issues in writing program administration.View Journal
Expert resources to assess and improve college writing programs.More Information
Statements and Resolutions
Position statements on issues of interest and concern to WPAs and Writing Programs.More Information
WPAs Share Responsibility to Advocate for Racial Justice
Current CWPA President Mark Blaauw-Hara shares thoughts on racial justice and the roles WPAs can play. Text is in the video description.
The CWPA Officers and Executive Board wish you the best in these challenging times. Stay safe.
CWPA has a role to play in supporting an educated and deliberative citizenry. Words are actions, and rhetoric matters. While it has been difficult to refocus our attention on preparing our programs and classes for the coming semester, the CWPA Executive Board firmly believes that the work we do in our classrooms, programs, and campuses supports a more just, less violent, and increasingly informed society. When we teach our students how to evaluate sources and narratives, how to support their positions with critical thinking and careful research, and how to disagree with words rather than with violence, we teach them to resist the forces that led to Wednesday’s insurrection. When we centralize readings by marginalized authors, enact critical language pedagogies, and implement inclusive assessment practices, we help to counteract this nation’s troubling history of white supremacy. We empower students to join the fight for equity when we help them discern and hold steadfast to facts, engage in civic rhetorical practices, and understand the fragility of democracy.
How do we demonstrate to our students that we value the language differences within our classrooms and teach them to communicate ethically? Given the culturally and linguistically diverse nature of our students, how do we support the teaching of good writing that is not grounded in problematic standards? Ultimately, what does it mean to be a “good” writer in the 21st century? This conference asks participants to think about the intentional ways we can help our students write rhetorically while examining the language choices they make for the audiences they hope to engage.
After three years of outstanding service to our organization, CWPA Secretary Jennifer Clary-Lemon is ready to hand over this position to a new colleague. Thus, The Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) invites nominations from its members for individuals wishing to serve as the organization’s Secretary. This is an opportunity for individuals to contribute their talents and time to the important work we do by serving as a leader of the organization. The Secretary serves as an ex officio member of the CWPA Executive Board. Ideally, we would like to make this appointment during fall 2020 to facilitate activity leading up to the March 2020 Executive Board meeting.
The Council of Writing Program Administrators seeks nominations for its Best Book Award for 2021. This award recognizes books whose authors or editors have made an outstanding contribution to the field of writing program administration (WPA) work over the past calendar year.