News & Announcements

CWPA Conference in Normal a Great Success!

Thanks to all of you who attended the CWPA Conference at Illinois State University from July 17-20. It was a fabulous conference: the local committee, led by Joyce Walker, made it one of the most comfortable and welcoming conferences we've had in a while, and the plenary speakers--Doug Hesse, Melissa Ianetta, and Duane Roen-- stimulated lively discussion, as did the paper and panel presenters. Thanks, too, to our workshop leaders, Chuck Paine and Linda Adler-Kassner; and our institute leaders, Bob Broad, Diane Kelly-Riley, Beth Boquet, and Neal Lerner.


Part-Time Position in ESL Section of First Year Writing at DePaul University

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse at DePaul University in Chicago is seeking an experienced Chicago-area instructor with an MA in Composition and Rhetoric (or a related field) and TESOL certification to teach Composition and Rhetoric for international students in Autumn Quarter. The course is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursdays at the Lincoln Park Campus. Applicants should contact Eileen Seifert, Associate Director of First Year Writing:


Motivating Millennials: How to Promote Active Student Reading in an Online Era

Popular websites such as SparkNotes, GradeSaver, and Shmoop offer student-geared synopses of texts taught in the humanities. As instructors discover, even strong students often check such e-guides rather than trust their independent response to a work, while some students rely on these websites for their entire interpretation of a text, if not also as a substitute for the actual reading. The availability of online ‘study aids’ is clearly a temptation for students to let others do their critical thinking for them—the antithesis of the central goal of higher education.

WPA-GO Social at CWPA14

The Writing Program Administrators-Graduate Student Organization (WPA-GO) hopes to see you at our 2014 CWPA Social. Join us on Friday, July 18 at the Medici in Normal from 8:30-11:30 pm. A limited supply of drink vouchers and light appetizers available.

This event is a celebration for _all_ WPA members and affiliates. Check out the flyer (attached), forward it to your friends, and please let us know if you have questions.

Many thanks to the Illinois State University Writing Program and Stipes Publishing for their help organizing and sponsoring this event!

Learning From Outside the Classroom

Education inside a classroom is a tried and experienced method of organizing schooling. Though, teachers and students have always appreciated the extra opportunities for learning provided by a variety of behavior conducted outside the classroom. These include day and housing visits, field learning, investigations conducted in the restricted area, sporting actions and music and drama productions.

"Breakfast Buddy" Mentoring Event at 2014 CWPA Conference in Normal, Illinois

WPA-GO and the CWPA Mentoring Project are excited to sponsor a "Breakfast Buddy" Mentoring Event at CWPA conference next month! Graduate students, new faculty, or first-time conference attendees who sign-up for this event will be matched with a faculty mentor “buddy” from another institution. Then, to encourage light-hearted, cross-institutional mentoring, paired buddies will meet and chat together during the conference breakfast on Friday, July 18th.


Assistant Professor of Digital Writing

Recruitment Number: F1215

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Description of position:
Western Oregon University seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital Writing, beginning September 2013, to broaden and strengthen our undergraduate writing curriculum. WOU is an AA/EOE employer and committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty and staff. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


ESL and Writing Adjunct Faculty

Writing and ESL Adjunct Faculty

Woodbury University is a small, private, non-profit university with approximately 1,600 graduate and undergraduate students. Students enroll in the School of Architecture; the School of Business; the School of Media, Culture, and Design; and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies.