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Here's a conference announcement for a regional writing centers association that just came through wcenter.  Timely!

Kurt Bouman

> FYI: Submit your proposal via the web!  http://www.ku.edu/~mwca/
>
>                             MWCA 2001 Conference
>                                          September 14th & 15th
>
>                           2001 Midwest Writing Centers Association
> Conference
>                                 Call for Proposals--Deadline April 2, 2001
>
>                                        Looking Back, Leaping Forward:
>                                       Writing Centers in the 21st Century
>
>                    Location: Iowa City, Iowa
>                    Host: University of Iowa
>                    Local Conference Chairs: Carol Severino & Mary Trachsel
>                    Keynote Speaker: Lou Kelly
>                    Conference Contacts: SuEllen Shaw or Cinda Coggins
>
>                    MWCA solicits proposals from writing center
> administrators, tutors, and peer tutors that
>                    demonstrate effective individual and/or group
> presentations of ongoing research projects,
>                    practical experiences both unique to a particular center
> and important to all centers, and
>                    reflections about the variety of theory and practice in
> our writing centers. We also solicit
>                    proposals for small-group workshops in which participants
> collaboratively explore questions
>                    that writing center professionals return to regularly.
>
>                    Proposals will be evaluated based on their clarity,
> relevance, and direct involvement of the
>                    audience. Notification of proposal status will be mailed
> to the primary presenter by May 1,
>                    2001.
>
>                    Questions/Issues Related to the Conference Theme
> (although proposals on other topics are
>                    welcome too):
>
>                    Writing centers must respond to, promote, and effect
> change in light of increased
>                    technology, diversity, interdisciplinarity, and
> globalization of information. Lets explore the
>                    questions and issues writing centers face in supporting
> writing in the 21st Century.
>
>                    Technology Issues: How viable are on-line writing
> centers? How do we help students
>                    learn to use technology as part of their writing
> processes? How do we train tutors for
>                    on-line tutoring? How do we compete with the possibility
> of outsourcing our services to
>                    on-line tutoring services?
>
>                    Diversity Issues: Cultural conflict in the writing
> center? Gender roles in the center? Are
>                    we adequately prepared to work with the increasing number
> of multi-lingual, international,
>                    and nontraditional students? How do we train tutors to
> help students with the multi-literacies
>                    required in this century?
>
>                    Interdisciplinary Issues: How does knowledge of practice
> in a writing center inform our
>                    understanding of the quality of teaching, writing, and
> learning in other areas of the
>                    university? How do writing centers become bridges to
> academic culture? What
>                    collaborations between writing centers and other parts of
> the university can enhance student
>                    learning/faculty development/classroom teaching? What is
> the relationship between WAC
>                    and writing centers? How do writing centers enrich the
> institution?
>
>                    Globalization Issues: How do we position our writing
> centers both locally and globally,
>                    taking advantage of institutional changes and expanding
> our outreach/influence beyond the
>                    immediate English class? What collaborations might we
> form across campus and the outside
>                    community to inform students learning?
>
>                    Administration Issues: How do we show administration the
> advantages of institutional
>                    writing centers? How do we fund writing centers as
> resources continue to be scarce? How
>                    do we best train writing center directors for
> issues/concerns of this century? Issues of
>                    assessment?
>
>                    Professional Issues: Are writing center directors/tutors
> viable parts of the research
>                    community? How do we grow and develop professionally when
> each year we have to begin
>                    anew with new tutors? Accreditation applied to writing
> centers?