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Name: Council of Writing Program Administrators
Variant Name: WPA
Historical Note: The National Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA) is an association of writing professionals that advocate for and host professional writing conferences, workshops, and academic programs. It represents teachers and researchers whose teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual and pedagogical aspects of writing programs and their administration. Its goal is to provide resources, support, and services on matters attendant to the administration of writing programs. Writing programs, for CWPA’s purposes, specifically include all writing-across-the-disciplines programs, writing centers, and writing courses with multiple sections. Membership in CWPA includes any individual or institution interested in teaching, service, and scholarship in the field of rhetoric and composition, especially with a focus on program administration, may join the CWPA by paying membership dues set by the Executive Board. The CWPA makes a contract with an academic institution to serve as its Institutional Home. Governance for CWPA is made up of a President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and the Executive Board. Publications include the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and some statements and resolutions. Services provided by CWPA include affiliations, assessments, the consultant-evaluator service, and the Network for Media Action (NMA). CWPA hosts its annual conference during the summer each year. It also hosts a breakfast each year at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).
Sources: Constitution of the National Council of Writing Program Administrators (PDF). Found at http://wpacouncil.org/files/CWPA_Constitution_1_26_2010_0.pdf on January 18, 2011.
Note Author: Shauna