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First Annual Summer Seminar for Composition Research

First Annual Summer Seminar for Composition Research 

Inaugural Topic: “GOT DATA—NOW WHAT?”

When: July 31-August 12, 2011

Where: Dartmouth College. Hanover, New Hampshire

Introduction: Dartmouth College’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, in collaboration with the Council of Writing Program Administrators, announces its first annual two-week Research Summer Seminar, July 31-August 12, 2011.

Purpose and Focus: This inaugural year’s focus will be “Got Data—Now What?” The program is designed to support members of our field who would like to engage in research, but have not had the opportunity for sustained collegial discussion about how to understand, choose, and use different research methods, effect quantitative and qualitative analysis, carry out critical analysis with (and of) statistics and statistical software, and prepare for publication of research. Research is broadly—and provisionally—defined here as systematic inquiry in response to a research question, in order to generate replicable and interpretable data, grounded in previous research, designed to extend existing knowledge and, through scholarly publication or other public contribution, to be extended itself.

The specific program, lead by a team of nationally-recognized experts, will be tailored to the research projects defined by applicants, will build from advance reading and exchange with the team, and will allow for equal measures of course work and individual progress on a project during the two weeks, with consults with members of the team.

Who Should Attend: We welcome new and seasoned composition teachers and WPAs from all types of institutions and writing positions, including two-year and four-year colleges and universities, writing centers, writing across the curriculum programs, or centers for teaching excellence. Participants will leave the summer seminar with a concrete plan for completing the project they bring to the program and an ongoing support network, including the program cohort and the team members.

About Dartmouth: Dartmouth is in Hanover, NH, a beautiful New England town with an active summer cultural agenda.

For More Information: Watch for the full announcement and call for applicants in mid-October, 2010; please write to Christiane Donahue ( for more information in the meantime. Applications will be due December 15th.

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