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?