News & Announcements

Division on History and Theory of Rhetoric Panels at MLA

Please note these additional MLA sessions of interest to WPAs:

(information about sessions sponsored by the council of Writing Program Administrators and sessions sponsored by the Teaching of Writing Division is available at http://wpacouncil.org/node/178)

*329. Ancient Rhetorics and Contemporary Pedagogies
Wednesday, 28 December
7:15–8:30 p.m., Wilson A, Marriott Wardman Park

Presiding: Don Bialostosky, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

CompFAQs Wiki for Developing WPA Knowledge

If you're interested in WPA knowedge or in how WPAs develop knowledge, check out Glenn Blalock and Rich Haswell's new web resource for WPAs. From the home page of CompFAQs:

CompFAQs is a Wiki site, an extension of CompPile, meant to be a space for collaborating on answers to questions we pose regularly as writing teachers and as administrators of writing programs.

http://comppile.tamucc.edu/wiki/CompFAQs/Home

WPA at MLA 2005: The Panels

WPA Panels at 2005 MLA in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 29 December
599. Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media
7:15-8:30 p.m., Hoover, Marriott Wardman Park

Presiding: Shirley K Rose, Purdue University

1. "The More Things Change"
Deborah H. Holdstein, Northern Illinois University
2. "Breaking (the) News: Changing Stories about Writing and Writers in Mainstream Media through the WPA Network for Media Action"
Linda Adler-Kassner, Eastern Michigan University
3. "Coming Soon to a Writing Program Near You"

(Unofficial) Call for Proposals: 2006 WPA Conference

We'll soon be posting the official call for proposals for the 2006 conference in Chattanooga. Until then, here's an Advance Copy
Call for Proposals
2006 WPA Conference
"Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities"
Chattanooga Choo Choo Convention Center
Chattanooga, TN
July 13-16, 2006
Deadline for proposals: February 1, 2006

The conference will begin Thursday evening, July 13, and continue through Sunday morning, July 16. In addition to plenary speakers and concurrent panel sessions addressing the conference theme, "Keeping on Track: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Looking Out for New Opportunities," the program will include development mini-workshops and a several new ones on such topics as Documenting a Writing Program, Preparing an Administrative Portfolio/WPA Promotion Case, and Planning for Publishing Program Research. Ask your department chair or dean for funding to attend these mini-workshops! We also invite attendees to prepare poster presentations or other exhibits of their programs' special initiatives, research projects, or signature areas.

WPA at MLA: the party

Going to MLA? Come to the WPA Party!

All WPAs attending the MLA in Washington D.C. are invited to the Council of Writing Program Administrators' party.

When: Thursday, December 29th, 2005, 8:30- 11:00 PM--immediately following our Thursday evening panel on "Writing Program Administration and (Multi)Media," from 7:15-8:30 in the Hoover Room at the Marriott Wardman Park.

Where: Ireland's Four Provinces (where we've celebrated before)

Address: 3412 Connecticut Avenue NW (202) 244-0860. That's one block south of the Cleveland Park Metro station on the Red line.

True and Candid Compositions Site Launched

For immediate use Sept. 14, 2005
Photo: To download a photo, see end of story.
Library debuts Web site of history as written by Carolina students

By KELLY OCHS
UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library has written a new chapter of history – digitally. “True and Candid Compositions: The Lives and Writings of Antebellum Students at the University of North Carolina” will go live on the Internet today (Sept. 14).
There are tales about student discipline, as in this 1810 letter from John Ramsey to the university trustees:
“The reason upon which was founded my suspension appeared to have been the act of firing one pistol and if it is any palliation of the crime, it did not take place within the hours prescribed by law for study, nor at night when the cracking of a pistol might have caused greater tumult.”

Letter to David Brooks in response to NYT Editorial

Here's the letter I sent (via e-mail) to David Brooks at the Times in response to his column:

Dear Mr. Brooks:
I am a teacher of first-year writing (aka freshman comp) and of teachers who teach first-year writing. I’d like to invite you to learn more about how composition instructors at my institution -- in fact, at many institutions around the country -- are working to address the growing inequality that you discuss in your column of 25 September.

I teach at Eastern Michigan University, a school of about 25,000 students located 45 miles west of Detroit. Many of our students come from the “bottom half”to which you refer. For these students, as others, a college degree is increasingly necessary to be considered a legitimate participant in American civic life.

Seeking info on writing program assessment

Our university is currently designing a program to assess several aspects of our First Year Writing program, which consists of two semesters of English Composition. We're considering several options/models for this assessment program, and I'm very interested to hear "real life" stories from WPAs about experiences they've had implementing such programs -- what have been the most significant challenges? benefits? if you could redesign your assessment program from the ground up, what might you do differently?

Ours is a mid-sized, undergrad-only branch campus of a major research university, and I'm especially interested to hear from WPAs at similar institutions, though I'm grateful for hard-won wisdom anyone might have to pass along.

Posts from Kim McDonald -- University of New Orleans

With her permission, I have compiled Kim McDonald's posts to WPA-L. Posts are in reverse chronological order.
Shirley

Fri 9/16/2005 11:56 PM
University of New Orleans campus

Again, this is all from rumors:

From what we can find out (and we hear we may be able to get on campus, at least to get a few things out of our offices sometime next week, so we'll know more), only about 1/3 of the UNO campus flooded (I believe it's the portion nearest Leon C. Simon--Bienville Hall, maybe Engineering, Ben Franklin High School, and the old gym, maybe a few others). At one point it was reported that all buildings had been broken into--we originally thought it was looting, but have since heard that a large number of rescued people had been taken there with promises of being picked up soon, only to be left for a long time. After a length of time with no food or water, they broke into the buildings and then broke into vending machines and offices looking for necessities. I hear several people rescued seemed to be wearing new clothes with UNO logos. They had also taken furniture outside of some of the buildings because it was too hot to sit inside the buildings. So the break-ins were justifiable, and we hear for the most part, there wasn't gratuitous damage. Sounds like we were pretty lucky overall, and I for one hope those people enjoy their UNO togs. One more way to help the community.

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