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February 2, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Conference
Location: WSU Student Center
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Rhetoric and Composition Program invites you to the 2019 Teaching of Writing Conference at Wayne State University. The theme for the 2019 conference is “Sustaining Meaningful Assessment”. The conference will include morning workshops presented by WSU Rhetoric and Composition faculty, concurrent sessions on topics of classroom- and program-level writing and learning assessment, and a lunchtime presentation on alternative perspectives on assessment. The conference will be held in WSU’s Student Center from 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m., on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019. There is no cost to attend the conference or participate in the meal. However, we ask that participants register by January 15, 2019. Information can also be found on the conference website.

Call for Proposals:

In “The Braid of Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity: Eighteen Assertions on Writing Assessment with Commentary,” the authors argue that this is a time for those of us who work in writing assessment to stand with students to advance their opportunities for learning (379). They propose a series of writing assessment concepts that can meaningfully guide present and future work on teaching and learning based in “justice and opportunity” (380). At our individual institutions, we face various responsibilities, pressures, and timelines; our programs hold values about assessment that we may find match our personal values or institutional missions, or might be at odds with our pedagogical and administrative goals. This conference is an opportunity for us to do some self-assessment: where are we at with our assessment practices, procedures, and goals? Where do we want to be? How do we get there?

 Assessment is a concluding and a beginning step for educational processes; the moment where we measure accomplishments and determine what is yet to be done. It is the center of a reflexive process in teaching and learning. We assess our students. We assess our programs. We communicate our assessments, how we met goals and how we will now set new goals, to others on our campuses and beyond. We, teachers and administrators at Wayne State University, invite you to join us in dialogue.

For the 2019 Teaching of Writing Conference, we invite proposals for individual or panel presentations on assessment-based topics, including 

  • Case studies of classroom or program assessment

  • Antiracist writing assessment practices

  • Approaches to assessment of teaching effectiveness

  • Best practices for formative learning assessment

  • Strategies for communicating assessment processes and results to stakeholders

  • Directed self-placement and other methods for placing incoming students

  • Program assessment and administrative work in assessment

  • In-progress or completed teacher-research projects/classroom studies

  • Writing center assessment

  • Revision as an assessment criteria

  • Non-traditional assessment

  • Assessing multimodal composing

  • How we *feel* about assessment, or monitoring student/instructor affect around assessment

  • Motivation for assessment--how do we promote engagement and buy in from stakeholders

  • Using assessment for advocacy--how do we harness assessment effectively to promote what matters?

  • Assessment validity and assessment ethos--how do we present credible assessment data?

  • What assessment is and what it isn't--assessment vs. evaluation

 Proposals should be submitted here by Monday, December 3.

Please send any questions to Adrienne Jankens at



For more information about this event, please contact Adrienne Jankens at 2487550446 or