WPA Workshop [FULL]

Join new, prospective, and continuing national colleagues who administer writing programs of all kinds—FYC, writing centers, WAC, ESL, and basic writing—in three and a half days of workshopping and conversation about the theoretical, curricular, and political dimensions of our work. The topics we’ll address include:

  • What is a WPA?

  • Institutional Relationships and Politics

  • Directing Writing Programs at Different Types of Institutions

  • Program Design, Outcomes, and Goals

  • Hiring Practices, Faculty Development, and Faculty Evaluation

  • Student and Program Assessment

  • Understanding Budgets

  • Developing and Articulating Relationships among FYC, WAC Programs, Writing Majors, and Writing Centers

  • Writing Program Research

  • Writing Program Outreach and Public Advocacy

  • The Council of Writing Program Administrators as a Professional Resource

  • WPA Genres (the documents and other communications WPAs need to master)

  • Balance: Taking Care of Yourself and Your Career

  • Establishing Boundaries (how and when to say no)

Participants will gather Sunday afternoon, July 12, meet daily through Wednesday afternoon, July 15, and will have the opportunity to consult individually with workshop leaders in the evenings. Participants will be encouraged to raise issues from their own professional situations, which have in the past included liberal arts colleges, two-year colleges, regional and flagship state universities, and major research institutions.

Workshop Leaders:

Dr. Peggy O’Neill

Dr. Chuck Paine