Writing Program Administration
In terms of writing program administration specifically, I have always contended that outstanding programs must do four things well:
- Provide innovative and engaging classes that teach undergraduates how to write more effectively;
- Train graduate teaching assistants, instructors and faculty to teach writing well, and to provide them all with the resources and support needed to develop professionally;
- Promote excellence in writing, pedagogy, and research across campus and in the disciplines; and
- Serve as resources for writing and writing studies for their local communities, regions, and nationally.
In my six years serving as a WPA at both Southern Miss and Roosevelt University, I used this framework as a template for nearly every administrative decision or initiative I undertook, and I am very proud to say that under my leadership, both programs made great strides in achieving success on each of these levels.
For more on my work with Council of Writing Program Administrators, check out the CWPA Mentoring Project.