CWPA Awards

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Since 2001, CWPA has given a biannual award for the best article published in the journal WPA: Writing Program Administration, which was called the WPA Best Article Award. Two years ago, the Executive Board voted to make it an annual award, and also to give an annual award to the best article on WPA work published outside of the WPA journal. The new award, for work published outside the journal, was named the CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award; the award for the best article in the journal was re-named the Kenneth A. Bruffee Award, after the first editor of WPA: Writing Program Administration and a leading figure in both writing program and writing center work. We honor Prof. Bruffee for his intellectual legacy and his contributions to the organization.

1999–2000: “Constructing Composition: Reproduction and WPA Agency in Textbook Publishing,” by Libby Miles (Fall/Winter 2000).

2001–2002: “Using Multimedia to Teach Communication Across the Curriculum,” by Mary Hocks (Fall/Winter 2001).

2003–2004: “Politics, Rhetoric and Service Learning,” by Candace Spigelman (Fall 2004).

2005–2006: “Combating Monolingualism: A Novice Administrator's Challenge,” by Gail Shuck (Fall 2006).

2007–2008: “What's Theorizing Got to Do With It? Teaching Theory as Resourceful Conflict and Reflection in TA Preparation” by Michael Stancliff and Maureen Daly Goggin (Spring 2007).

Honorable mention: “Memoranda of Fragile Machinery: A Portrait of Shaughnessy as Intellectual-Bureaucrat” by Mark McBeth (Fall/Winter 2007)

2009–2010: “Pedagogical Memory: Writing, Mapping, Translating,” by Susan C. Jarratt, Katherine Mack, Alexandra Sartor, and Shevaun E. Watson (Fall/Winter 2009)

2010–2011: “Undaunted, Self-Critical, and Resentful: Investigating Faculty Attitudes Toward Teaching Writing in a Large University Writing-Intensive Course Program,” by Lori Salem and Peter Jones (Fall/Winter 2010)

2012-2013: “The Effects of Writing Pedagogy Education on Graduate Teaching Assistants' Approaches to Teaching Composition,” by E. Shelley Reid and Heidi Estrem, with Marcia Belcheir (Fall/Winter 2012)


2013: “Local Assessment: Using Genre Analysis to Validate Directed Self-Placement,” by Anne Ruggles Gere, Laura Aull, Zak Lancaster, and Elizabeth Vander Lei (CCC, December 2013)


2000–2001: Coming of Age: The Advanced Writing Curriculum, edited by Linda K. Shamoon, Rebecca Moore Howard, Sandra Jamieson, and Robert A. Schwegler (Heinemann-Boynton/Cook, 2000).

2002–2003: The Writing Program Administrator's Resource: A Guide to Reflective Institutional Practice, edited by Stuart C. Brown and Theresa Enos (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, 2002).

2003–2004: The Center Will Hold: Critical Perspectives on Writing Center Scholarship, edited by Michael A. Pemberton and Joyce Kinkead (Utah State University Press, 2003).

2004–2005: Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline, edited by Barbara L'Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo (Parlor Press, 2004).

2006–2007: Delivering College Composition: The Fifth Canon, edited by Kathleen Blake Yancey (Boynton/Cook 2006) and Because We Live Here by Eli Goldblatt (Hampton Press, 2007).

2008–2009: The Activist WPA: Changing Stories about Writers and Writing, by Linda Adler-Kassner (Utah State University Press, 2008).

Honorable mention: Before Shaughnessy: Basic Writing at Yale and Harvard, 1920-1960, by Kelly Ritter (NCTE/CCCC and Southern Illinois University Press, 2009).

2009–2010: College Credit for Writing in High School: The “Taking Care of” Business, edited by Christine Farris and Kristine Hansen (NCTE, 2010).

2011-2012: GenAdmin: Theorizing WPA Identities in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Colin Charlton, Jonikka Charlton, Tarez Samra Graban, Kathleen J. Ryan, and Amy Ferdinandt Stolley (Parlor, 2011).

2013: The WPA Outcomes Statement: A Decade Later, edited by Nicholas N. Behm, Gregory R. Glau, Deborah H. Holdstein, Duane Roen, and Edward M. White (Parlor, 2013).