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Call for Proposals to Host Future WPA Conferences

WPA Conference Siting CFP

Grand Rapids, Anchorage, Chattanooga… the WPA gets around. Each year, the WPA Summer Conference and Workshop is sponsored by one or more institutions and hosted by local WPAs, members of the Executive Board, and the WPA at large. And now it's time for us to look for sites for WPA 2008, 2009, and 2010. This is a terrific opportunity to get/stay active in WPA, to build working relationships with WPAs in your area, to showcase your academic institution, and to enjoy the conference in your own back yard (so to speak).

2006 WPA Conf -- Travel to and around Chattanooga

By Air

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport ( is served by five major airlines or their subsidiaries:

Delta, Northwest, US Air, American, and Continental. Direct flights are available between Chattanooga and the following eight cities:

  • Atlanta (via Delta)
  • Cincinnati (via Delta)
  • Charlotte, NC (via US Air)
  • Washington DC (via US Air)
  • Chicago (via American Eagle)
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth (via American Eagle)
  • Memphis (via Northwest)
  • Houston (via Continental)

The Choo Choo Hotel and Convention Center operates a complimentary shuttle between the Chattanooga airport and the hotel. Airports in nearby Atlanta or Nashville offer even more options for getting to the area, particularly if you are looking to fly one of the discount airlines such as Southwest or AirTran. Shuttle service is available between these airports and Chattanooga via Chattanooga Coach ( or Groome Transportation (

By Car

Chattanooga sits at the intersection of Interstates 24 and 75 near the Alabama-Georgia border. Participants arriving by car enjoy free parking at the Choo Choo Hotel and Convention Center. By Train Ironically, no passenger train service is available to Chattanooga. But while you're here check out the Incline Railway "the steepest passenger railway in the world" to the top of Lookout Mountain.

Getting Around Chattanooga

A free electric shuttle travels throughout downtown Chattanooga from 6:00 am until 7:30 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am until 7:30 pm on weekends. The Choo Choo sits at the southern end of the shuttle route, and the Tennessee Riverfront area marks the route's northernmost point (a 1.2 mile span of shops, restaurants, office buildings, and parks). CARTA buses (Chattanooga's public transportation system) have routes throughout Chattanooga, including one that passes in front of the Choo Choo and stops at the Incline Railway station at the base of Lookout Mountain (2.5 miles from the Choo Choo). For more ambitious trips or late night outings, taxi service is also available. If you want to explore more of Chattanooga on your own, particularly attractions beyond the city limits, renting a car may be the best option. Your conference information packet will include detailed information about traveling in and around Chattanooga.

Promotion Issues and Appropriate Degrees

This is a request for information regarding the issue of promotion and appropriate degrees. Although the policy may vary by institution, I am wondering if other institutions have promoted (as in rank) people who direct a writing program who do not have English degrees but have appropriate related degrees. In our case at La Sierra University (small, comprehensive Christian institution in CA), we have a person directing our Basic English, particularly writing, program who has been told she cannot be promoted beyond the rank of instructor since she holds 1) only an MA, and 2) her MA is an MA in Education (from Claremont)and not in English.

CFP Advance(d) Composition: Undergraduate Majors and the Future of the Discipline

Call for Proposals—Edited Collection
Advance(d) Composition:
Undergraduate Majors and the Future of the Discipline

Greg Giberson, Ph.D., Salisbury University
Tom Moriarty, Ph.D., Salisbury University

Recently, undergraduate majors in Rhetoric and Composition have begun to spring up around the country. These programs go by many names and take on many forms. There is little doubt that the continuing growth of undergraduate degrees in Rhetoric and Composition will have a significant impact on the future of R/C as a discipline. The primary goal of this edited collection is to investigate the development of undergraduate majors in Rhetoric and Composition (by whatever name(s) it happens to be assigned) and the various impacts those majors will have on the future of the discipline. Possible topics for discussion include:


Appropriate degrees for renwable lecturers

Our department is in the process of moving to renewable terms for lecturers in our writing program, and the question has come up as to what consitutes appropriate degrees for the faculty in renewable terms. Currently we have primarily PhDs and MFAs as lecturers with a few MAs in English. The administration wants to implement policies that are consistent across the departments and one of their questions concerns what degrees for renewablelecturers are in line with best practices. The standard for continuing positions at our school has been a terminal degree but if many schools have renewable terms for lecturers who hold MAs, it would be helpful to know that.

CFP: Exploring Diversity in Community-Based Writing and Literacy Programs

Reflections invites submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts exploring diversity in community-based writing and literacy programs that engage traditionally marginalized populations. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

• In what ways can critical theories of race, gender, and/or language inform service-learning scholarship?


Subscribing to the NMA listserv

The WPA Network for Media Action (WPA-NMA) is WPA's effort to change conversations about and representations of writers and writing in mainstream media. Join the listserv to exchange information, responses, and strategies. To subscribe, go to:

Check out the NMA link in Digital WPA ( for position statements and tips for writing to mainstream media, as well!

2006 WPA Summer Conference, Workshop, and Institutes

Theme: Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities

July 13-16
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga , Tennessee


Online Program Near-final Draft:

TRAIN YOURSELF FOR EXCITEMENT as you make plans for participating in the 2006 WPA Conference at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center next July! Our theme, “Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, and Looking Out for New Opportunities,” acknowledges both the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo and nearby Lookout Mountain, but it also conveys the our thematic focus on the importance of continual reflection, planning, and inquiry to maintaining direction and momentum for the writing programs we lead.

The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16.

Conference sessions will include:

Conference Chair: Shirley Rose, President, Council of Writing Program Administrators
Local Chairs: Lauren Ingraham, Jennifer Beech, and James Inman


Planning Information

2006 Summer Workshop and Conference of the Council of Writing Program Administrators

Conference : Official activities begin Thursday evening, July 13, at 5:30 PM with a welcome reception/orientation and conclude Sunday, July 16, at 10:00 AM after the Town Hall Meeting. Plenary Speakers include Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ohio State University, on Thursday evening; Chris Anson, Past President of CWPA, North Carolina State University, on Friday; and Pam Childers, former President of the National Writing Center Association, The McCallie School in Chattanooga, on Saturday.

Workshop : Workshop participants gather Sunday afternoon, July 9, and meet all day every day through Wednesday evening, July 12. Workshop leaders Lauren Fitzgerald (Yeshiva University) and Greg Glau (Arizona State University) will also be available for one-to-one consultations in the evenings and (for workshop participants not attending an institute) on Thursday morning. For more information about the workshop, go to

Assessment Institute and Technology Institute : These day-long institutes will be held on Thursday, July 13, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Lunch included. If institutes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, registration fees will be refunded. Assessment Institute: Technology Institute:


Early bird deadline is May 15; add $30 to registration cost for each event after May 15.

Register: For information about the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn and convention Center, go to Members of underrepresented minorities are invited to apply for grants to support their attendance at the WPA Summer Workshop. To find out more about the WPA Fund for the Support of Minority Writing Program Administrators, go to