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Council of Writing Program Administrators meets in Chattanooga

The Council of Writing Program Administrators (WPA), the professional organization for university faculty who design and direct college writing programs, gathered at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo recently, where more than 200 participants from nearly 50 states were registered for a conference, according to Dr. Lauren Sewell Ingraham, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition, and Local Arrangements Chair WPA 2006.

UTC Chancellor Roger Brown welcomed participants at the orientation reception in the Imperial Ballroom of the Choo Choo.

"Our colleagues from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga gave us a wonderful welcome to their city and they get all the credit for our having the highest attendance for our summer conference in twenty years.

We did the work we came here to do--planning for future research on our college writing programs and discussing ways we can collaborate with secondary school teachers. But we also had time to get to know a little bit of Chattanooga with visits to the Tennessee Aquarium and Lookout Mountain and a chance to sample the local restaurants and shops." said Shirley Rose, Purdue University, Chair Conference Program Committee and President of the WPA Executive Committee.

Plenary speakers included Jacqueline Jones Royster, Ohio State University; Chris Anson, North Carolina State University; and Pamela Childers, The McCallie School.

Rebecca Jones and Joyce Smith, both assistant professors of English at UTC, presented at the conference. Sewell Ingraham presented on a panel with Cathy Carroccio and Nancy Copeland, of Hamilton County Department of Education, about the ongoing collaboration to better prepare Hamilton County Department of Education graduates for college level writing.

July 21, 2006

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