A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators

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Edited by Rita Malenczyk

Writing Program Administration
Series Editors: Susan H. McLeod and Margot Soven

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Influenced by Erika Lindemann’s A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators delineates the major issues and questions in the field of writing program administration and provides readers new to that field with theoretical lenses through which to view those issues and questions. In brief and direct though not oversimplified chapters, A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators explains the historical and theoretical background of such concepts as “academic freedom,” “first-year composition,” “basic writing,” “writing across the curriculum,” “placement,” “ESL,” “general education,” and “transfer. ” Its thirty-nine contributors are seasoned writing program and center administrators who, in a range of voices, map the discipline of writing program administration and guide readers toward finding their own answers to solving problems at their own institutions. Edited by Rita Malenczyk, contributors include Linda Adler-Kassner, Paul V. Anderson, Chris M. Anson, Hannah Ashley, William P. Banks, Mary R. Boland, Christiane Donahue, Doug Downs, Lauren Fitzgerald, Tom Fox, Chris W. Gallagher, Roger Gilles, Gregory R. Glau, Eli Goldblatt, Robert M. Gonyea, Kristine Hansen, Susanmarie Harrington, Douglas Hesse, Melissa Ianetta, Joseph Janangelo, Seth Kahn, Neal Lerner, Rita Malenczyk, Peggy O’Neill, Charles Paine, Melody Pugh, E. Shelley Reid, Kelly Ritter, Shirley K Rose, Dan Royer, Carol Rutz, Eileen E. Schell, David E. Schwalm, Gail Shuck, Martha A. Townsend, Elizabeth Vander Lei, Elizabeth Wardle, Irwin Weiser, and Stephen Wilhoit.

About the Editor

Rita Malenczyk is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program and Writing Center at Eastern Connecticut State University, where she has directed the writing program since 1994 and the writing center since 2008. Her work on writing program and center administration has appeared in numerous journals (including WPA: Writing Program Administration) and edited collections, including Kelly Ritter and Paul Kei Matsuda’s Exploring Composition Studies and Shirley Rose and Irwin Weiser’s The WPA as Theorist. With Susanmarie Harrington, Keith Rhodes, and Ruth Overman Fischer, she co-edited The Outcomes Book. She is currently the President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators.


Introduction, with Some Rhetorical Terms, Rita Malenczyk

Part One: Initial Questions

1 What Are Students?, Kelly Ritter
2 What Is Placement?, Dan Royer and Roger Gilles
3 What Is Basic Writing?, Hannah Ashley
4 What Is First-Year Composition?, Doug Downs
5 What Is ESL?, Gail Shuck
6 What Are Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines?, Martha A. Townsend

Part 2: Complicating Questions

7 What Is General Education?, Lauren Fitzgerald
8 What Is Institutional Mission?, Elizabeth Vander Lei and Melody Pugh
9 What Is Pre-College Credit?, Kristine Hansen
10 What Is Transfer Articulation?, David E. Schwalm
11 What Is Transfer?, Elizabeth Wardle
12 What Is Assessment?, Susanmarie Harrington

Part 3: Personal Questions

13 What Is a Writing Instructor?, Eileen E. Schell
14 What Is Faculty Development?, Carol Rutz and Stephen Wilhoit
15 What Is TA Education?, E. Shelley Reid
16 What Is A Union?, Seth Kahn
17 What Is the Writing Center?, Neal Lerner

Part Four: Helpful Questions

18 What Is a Writing Program History?, Shirley K Rose
19 What Are The Administration and The Budget? (And Why Are We Talking About Them Together?, Irwin Weiser
20 What Is NSSE?, Charles Paine, Robert M. Gonyea, Chris M. Anson, and Paul V. Anderson
21 What Is the National Writing Project?, William P. Banks
22 What Is Community Literacy?, Eli Goldblatt

Part Five: Vexed Questions

23 What Is Class Size?, Gregory R. Glau
24 What Are Institutional Politics?, Tom Fox and Rita Malenczyk
25 What Is Academic Freedom?, Mary R. Boland
26 What Are Educational Standards?, Peggy O’Neill
27 What Is Policy?, Chris W. Gallagher

Part Six: Eternal Questions

28 What Is an English Department?, Melissa Ianetta
29 What Is The Intellectual Work of Writing Program Administration?, Joseph Janangelo
30 What Is WPA Research?, Christiane Donahue
31 What Is Principle?, Linda Adler-Kassner
32 What Is a Personal Life?, Douglas Hesse
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