Plenary: Companions in Mission, Colleagues in Action, WPAs for Life

Dr. Elizabeth Boquet

Beth Boquet is Professor of English at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT, where she serves as Director of Writing, Director of the Writing Center, and Interim Director of Core Writing. She also co-directs the Fairfield University Poetry for Peace program, which builds cross-age, cross-district partnerships by offering poetry instruction, workshops, and celebrations in communities affected by spontaneous or systemic violence.

Beth is the author of Noise from the Writing Center and co-author of The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice, both published by Utah State University Press. In addition, she has authored or co-authored articles and essays on teaching, writing, and writing program history and administration in College English, College Composition and Communication, The Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. A former Executive Board Member of the International Writing Centers Association, she served two terms as co-editor (with Neal Lerner) of The Writing Center Journal.

Plenary: Ecology of Sustainable Labor Equity in Writing Programs

Dr. Seth Kahn

Seth Kahn is Professor of English at West Chester University, where he teaches courses primarily in rhetoric and writing. He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the CCCC Committee on Part-time, Adjunct, and Contingent Labor and as Chair of the newly convened CWPA Labor Committee. Recent publications include "What Is a Union?" in A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators; "'Never Take More Than You Need': Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty and Contingent Labor Exploitation” in Forum: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty; and a co-guest-edited special issue of Open Words on "Contingent Labor and Educational Access."

Plenary: Sustainable Infrastructures and the Future of Writing Studies

Dr. Cheryl E. Ball

Dr. Ball is Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She teaches classes in editing, multimedia authoring, and digital publishing and teaches occasional seminars on academic literacies at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where she was a Fulbright scholar in 2013-14. Ball has published articles in Classroom Discourse, Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Hybrid Pedagogy, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Writing & Pedagogy. She has also published several books, including The New Work of Composing (co-edited with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman), which won the C&C Distinguished Book Award in 2013, and the RAW: Reading and Writing New Media (co-edited with Jim Kalmbach). Her co-authored textbooks include ix: visual exercises and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (with Bedford/St. Martin’s Press).