Council of Writing Program Administrators
2017 Conference: Workshop, July 16-19; Institutes, July 20; Conference, July 20-23

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WPA Institutes, 2017

A WPA Institute provides the opportunity for intensive, productive, and interactive work with experienced WPAs who can assist participants in solving the challenges of program administration. Attendees will leave with tangible work products that will benefit their programs as well as their individual careers.

The institute will be held Thursday, July 20, 9:00 – 4:00 at the UT Conference Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Institute Registration is $200.

Uncovering Program Knowledge Using Institutional Ethnography

Michelle LaFrance, George Mason University
Travis Grandy University of Massachusetts Amherst
Katherine Daily O’Meara, Emporia State University
Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk, Elon University
Darci Thoune University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

As the call for proposals to the 2017 CWPA conference notes, the Age of Austerity (Welch and Scott) requires that WPAs become more savvy about the materialities of their programs, taking up program review and research efforts that help them to problem solve or respond to the “entrepreneurial schemes” of our increasingly neoliberal environments (7). Institutional ethnography (IE) is a crucial response to these gaps. This workshop’s discussions and close mentoring will develop individualized protocols for uncovering the complex discursive/material realities that organize sites of writing. Participants will leave with a plan to research a problem within their program

This institute, suitable for brand new and experienced WPAs as researchers, will present the analytic heuristics at the center of work with IE. Participants will work in small groups (labor, policy, pedagogy, assessment, professional development) to discuss designing IE projects, begin or troubleshoot their own projects, and share thoughts on how IE answers to writing studies exigencies. Workshop leaders are experienced and emerging institutional ethnographers, writing program researchers, and administrators who have conducted writing studies research in a number of different institutions, programs, and circumstances.