Conference Schedule


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Keynote Speakers

Chris Anson

Chris Anson is a distinguished University Professor and Director of the Campus Writing and speaking Program at North Carolina State University. He has received numerous awards, including the NC State Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor Award, the State of Minnesota Higher Education Teaching Excellence Award, and the Morse-Alumni Award for outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He has received or been a co-PI on over $2.1 million in grants. An avid writer, Anson has published 15 books and over 110 journal articles and book chapters and is on the editorial or reader’s boards of ten journals, including research in the Teaching of English, Across the Disciplines, Written Communication, Assessing Writing, and The Journal of Writing Assessment. He is currently working on research exploring students’ oral reflections on drafts in progress. Anson has given over 550 conference papers, keynote addresses, and invited lectures and faculty workshops across the U.S. and in 29 other countries.

Susan Miller-Cochran

Susan Miller-Cochran is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Arizona where her research focuses on the intersections of technology, multilingual writing, and writing program administration. Her work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Teaching English in the Two-Year College, and she is also an editor of Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press, 2009) and Strategies for Teaching First-Year Composition (NCTE, 2002). Additionally, she is a co-author of An Insider’s Guide to Academic Writing (2016), The Cengage Guide to Research (Cengage, 2017) and Keys for Writers (Cengage, 2014). Before joining the faculty at the University of Arizona, she was the Director of First-Year Writing at North Carolina State University (2007-2015) and also a faculty member at Mesa Community College (AZ). She currently serves as President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.

Michael A. Pemberton

Michael A. Pemberton is Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University and director of the University Writing Center. A past president of the International Writing Centers Association, he has published five books, including The Ethics of Writing Instruction: Issues in Theory and Practice, The Center Will Hold: Critical Reflections on Writing Center Scholarship, and Bookmarks: A Guide to Research and Writing, 3rd Ed., and more than 50 articles on writing center theory, tutoring ethics, and writing technologies in journals such as College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, the Writing Center Journal, and numerous book chapters. He serves on the editorial and review boards of the WAC Clearinghouse, Computers and Composition, Praxis, and the Journal of Writing and Pedagogy, and is current editor of the journal, Across the Disciplines. In 2015, he was appointed the Associate Director of the CWPA Consultant Evaluator Service, and he also serves as the Series Editor for ATD Books in affiliation with the WAC Clearinghouse and the University Press of Colorado.

Featured Speakers

Bob Barnett

Bob Barnett is Professor of English and Dean of Education and Human Services at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Writing Center Director, Writing Program Director, and Writing Across the Curriculum Director. Barnett has published 21 academic articles, a collection of poetry, and a co-written musical play titled, Howl: The Life of Allen Ginsberg. Additionally, he has published three academic books—Writing Centers and Writing Across the Curriculum Programs: Building Interdisciplinary Partnerships (with Jacob Blumner); The Longman Guide to Writing Center Theory and Practice (with Jacob Blumner); and Transforming Institutional Culture in Higher Education: A Process Approach to General Education Reform (With Susan Gano-Phillips). As a food enthusiast, he has written several cook books and has published a food blog titled Eating Flint.

Jacob Blumner

Jacob Blumner is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Marian E. Wright Writing Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. He has co-edited three books, including his most recent with Pam Childers, WAC Partnerships Between Secondary and Postsecondary Institutions. His work has appeared in journals such as The WAC Journal, Across the Disciplines, and Praxis: A Writing Center Journal. He serves on the editorial or review board for three journals, and his research is focused on collaborations within higher education as well as writing collaborations that span K-16. At UM-Flint, he has also served as the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Interim Director of University Outreach. He lives at home with his wife, three sons, a puppy, and an overweight orange cat.

Dawn Janke

Dawn Janke is the Director of the Writing & Rhetoric Center at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches writing and tutor-training courses, guides a staff of undergraduate and graduate writing consultants, and assures student completion of CSU-mandated entrance and exit writing milestones. She partners with administrators, faculty, and staff to support student writing; consults with faculty on their writing projects; provides editing services for several campus units; and serves as a member of the university’s Academic Assessment Council. Her research interests include writing center theory and practice, composition theory and pedagogy, literacy studies, equity and access in education, organizational change and leadership studies. Janke has presented at regional and national conferences and co-authored “Risks in Collaboration: Accountability as We Move Beyond the Center’s Walls” in Marginal Words, Marginal Work? Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers. She is currently co-authoring a book that will showcase Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing signature pedagogy.

Claire Lauer

Claire Lauer is an associate professor in the Technical Communication program at Arizona State University and serves as chair of ACM’s Special Interest Group for the Design of Communication (SIGDOC). She teaches courses in visual communication, data visualization, and research methods. Her research has focused on design pedagogy, workplace practice, and the the language that identifies the changing modes and media we use to compose contemporary texts. She was awarded the 2014 Ellen Nold Award for the best article in computers and composition studies. Her research has appeared in a range of journals, including Written Communication, Technical Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Kairos, Computers and Composition, Composition Studies, and Programmatic Perspectives.

Dan Melzer

Dan Melzer is Associate Director of First-Year Composition at University of California, Davis. Prior to his current position he was the WAC and Writing Center director at California State University, Sacramento. He has published a scholarly book, Assignments across the Curriculum: A National Study of College Writing and two textbooks, Exploring College Writing and Everything’s a Text (with Deborah Coxwell Teague). His research has been published in College Composition and Communication, WPA Journal, Journal of Basic Writing, Kairos, and The WAC Journal. He is co-director of The International Network of Writing Across the Curriculum Programs.