I have been an active member in the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) since 2007– which as its name suggests, is the national organization of writing program administrators. In March of 2009, I was approached by Joe Janagelo and Duane Roen to collaborate on a new initiative for the Council of Writing Program Administrators, The WPA Mentoring Project.
In addition to organizing and chairing several panels devoted to professional development at our 2009 conference in Minneapolis, I created and administered an online survey aimed at assessing the attitudes, needs, and expectations of members of CWPA towards mentoring, as well as the viability of implementing and sustaining a formal mentoring system within the organization. Based on the results of this work, we then made several recommendations to the Executive Board, including:
- formalizing professional development discussions within the organization by creating a permanent strand of devoted to mentoring at the annual CWPA conference
- creating more opportunities for online mentoring through the creation of a WPA mentoring blog.
The full results of this survey and our recommendations to the council were published in the Journal of Writing Program Administration in the fall of 2010. Download the report here.
Further, because the survey for this project included a significant component devoted to the intersection of technology and administration, I was invited to appear on a featured panel at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2011, where my talk, “WPA 2.0: New Directions in Writing Programs and Administration” discussed what I argued to be a growing generational divide among writing program administrators.