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Call For Proposals*

*At this time, all proposal decisions have been sent out. If you have not received yours, please directly contact Mark Blaauw-Hara, Conference Chair, at markblaauwhara@gmail.com

More Seats at the Table: Radical Inclusion in Writing Programs


Proposing a Session or Poster


You can propose up to two speaking roles, whether solo or as part of a panel.


A. Conference Proposals


We are happy to accept both individual and full-session proposals as follows:

  • 15-minute individual presentations. Presenters may submit individual paper or presentation proposals; these will be combined into panels/sessions with around three presenters.  We’ll once again try to put you in touch with one another in advance of the conference so that you can develop a coherent panel.

  • Full-session proposals. You may submit a proposal for a session with groups of 3 or more presenters/facilitators. We encourage you to consider innovative, interactive delivery methods.

  • Poster presentations. You are welcome to develop a poster presentation by yourself or with others. You could either work with a group to develop a full session with 4 – 6 posters, or propose an individual poster presentation, and we will form sessions on related topics. We will provide a regular conference slot for these sessions to allow for conversation, and we will ask you to be present during this slot to discuss your poster with attendees.


Here are some ideas:

  • Develop a session that briefly describes an innovative approach that you have tried, plan to try, or might try. Invite discussion, critique, and creative, collaborative problem-solving so that participants leave with new approaches for work on their campus.

  • Develop interactive debates on key issues facing the profession that can then be widened to include audience participation. Perhaps begin with short position statements and then open to audience questions and comments that invite innovative solutions. Or name a common problem we face, and then invite the audience to innovate with you.

  • Present a scenario that surfaces a challenge that you are currently facing, provides background information and your initial impulses for addressing the challenge, and then calls for innovative approaches to solving it. Feel free to create full session proposals from a set of similar issues faced on different campuses.

  • Choose a key topic, and develop a series of short, rapid-fire presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide, PechaKucha-style) with 4 - 6 presenters, leaving plenty of time for audience discussion. 

  • Briefly describe research-in-process with the goal of audience suggestions, feedback, or to find research partners. This will give scholars the chance to share ideas, provide suggestions, and/or even propose collaborative research teams for cross-institutional research, inviting potential partners to attend. 

  • Develop an interactive seminar on an innovative WPA technique or skill that you have learned. These seminars are meant share effective WPA practices that go beyond the things we learn as scholars of our discipline. You might help participants learn more topics such as: collecting data that can help to advocate for resources; innovative graphics to display assessment findings; using pertinent tools and technologies for budget development; new technologies for empirical research; methods for focus groups or interviews; developing IRB applications and ethical practices for human subjects research; creating interactive curriculum development or assessment sessions; garnering publicity for your programs’ work; doing advocacy work in the community; developing outreach centers or initiatives.

Listing Your Session in a Strand


We will feature several strands of sessions, and you can indicate your desire to be featured in one of the strands in your proposal.  

A. Gender and Sexuality Strand: This strand will be devoted to sessions focusing on how gender and sexuality impact WPA work—both in our professional community and in the classroom.
B. Mentoring Strand: This strand will be devoted to professional development and mentoring issues. If you are submitting a proposal in any format to talk about mentoring (broadly defined), please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to the chair of the CWPA Mentoring Project for review. Also feel encouraged to email jjanang@luc.edu to let him know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the mentoring strand. For more details, please visit the CWPA Mentoring Project on the CWPA website.
C. People of Color Caucus Strand: CWPA's People of Color Caucus will offer a strand of sessions devoted to issues of racial and ethnic diversity in writing program administration related to scholars, teachers, students, and administrators of color. If you are submitting a proposal in any format that relates to issues appropriate for this strand, please indicate so in the proposal; it will be directed to the chair of the CWPA POC Caucus for review. Also feel encouraged to email genevieve.garcademeller@utrgv.edu to let her know that you have submitted a proposal intended for the POC Caucus strand.
D. Self-Care Strand: This strand will delve into issues of self-care, emotional labor, and wellness—for our students and ourselves.
E. Two-Year College Strand: This strand will be devoted to topics related to, involving, and discussing the contexts of two-year colleges. If you are submitting a proposal in any format that relates to issues appropriate for this strand, please indicate so in the proposal.
F. Tenure-Free Strand:  This strand will address the impact and influence of untenured and non-tenure track WPAs and faculty in writing programs.

Submitting Your Proposal


We will begin accepting proposals on January 1, 2019. The instructions for submitting a proposal and the submission link are available here: http://www.wpacouncil.org/cwpa-2019-proposal-instructions


  • Suggested deadline for Conference Proposals:  February 1, 2019. This deadline can be useful so that you can receive word of acceptance early enough to apply for travel funds.  

  • Final deadline for Conference Proposals: March 1, 2019.


Please direct Baltimore-related questions to Phaye Poliakoff-Chen at Phaye.Poliakoff-Chen@goucher.edu

Please direct proposal-related questions to Mark Blaauw-Hara at markblaauwhara@gmail.com

Call for Proposals (Link to WPA)

Call for Proposals (PDF)