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Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics
Edited by Debra Frank Dew and Alice Horning
Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition
Edited by Patricia Sullivan, Catherine Hobbs, Thomas Rickert, and Jennifer Bay
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978-1-60235-016-8 (paperback; $30.00; £16.00); © 2007 by Parlor Press. 316 pages, with notes, bibliography, and index
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Untenured Faculty As Writing Program Administrators examines the politics of junior faculty appointments to positions as writing program administrators from historical, contextual, and personal perspectives. A central aim of this provocative book is to accept and reconcile the tension between the Council of Writing Program Administrators’ position statement and current institutional practices. Contributors include graduate students full of desire and ambition, untenured faculty who actively pursued administrative appointments (jWPAs) and now reflect on their decisions, and senior administrators whose experience authorizes their arguments for or against jWPA appointments. The collection brings theory to bear on the jWPA situation as the chapters move beyond victim narratives to examine these controversial issues head on.
Roxanne Cullen, Debra Frank Dew, Suellynn Duffey, Joseph Eng, Rebecca Taylor Fremo, Richard C. Gebhardt, Brenda M. Helmbrecht, Alice Horning, Connie Kendall, Sandee K. McGlaun, Jackie Grutsch McKinney, Ruth Mirtz, Martha D. Patton, Paul Ranieri, Martha A. Townsend, Jo Ann Vogt, and Edward M. White.
About the Editors
Debra Frank Dew is an assistant professor of English and director of the writing program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where she has directed the program since 2000.
Alice S. Horning is a professor of rhetoric and linguistics at Oakland University, where she has directed the Rhetoric Program since 1998.
Edward M. White
Introduction: What is Wrong with THIS Picture?
1 The Importance of Untenured Writing Administrators
to Composition and to English Studies
Richard C. Gebhardt
2 Ethics and the jWPA
3 Defining Junior
4 Negotiating the Risks and Reaping the Rewards:
Reflections and Advice from a Former
Martha A. Townsend
5 jWPAs and the Call to Serve
Ruth Mirtz and Roxanne Cullen
6 Labor Relations: Collaring jWPA Desire
Debra Frank Dew
7 The Center Will Not Hold: Redefining
Professionalism in the Academy
Martha D. Patton and Jo Ann Vogt
8 Demystifying the Asian-American WPA: Locations in
Writing, Teaching, and Program Administration
9 Graduate Students Hearing Voices: (Mis)Recognition
and (Re)Definition of the jWPA Identity
Brenda M. Helmbrecht with Connie Kendall
10 Redefining Our Rhetorical Situations:
jWPAs in the Small College Context
Rebecca Taylor Fremo
11 Administering Writing Programs in the “Betweens”:
A jWPA Narrative
Sandee K. McGlaun
12 Fitness for the Occasion:
How Context Matters for jWPAs
Paul Ranieri and Jackie Grutsch McKinney
Conclusion: Ethical Options for Disciplinary Progress
on the Issue of jWPA Appointments
Debra Frank Dew