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A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators 2e
Edited by Rita Malenczyk
Writing Program Administration
Series Editors: Susan H. McLeod and Margot Soven
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978-1-60235-846-1 (paperback, $45) 978-1-60235-847-8 (hardcover, $90) 978-1-60235-848-5 (PDF, $25) © 2016 by Parlor Press. 541 pages, with notes, bibliography, illustrations, and index.
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A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators (2nd Edition) presents the major issues and questions in the field of writing program administration. The collection provides aspiring, new, and seasoned WPAs with the theoretical lenses, terminologies, historical contexts, and research they need to understand the nature, history, and complexities of their intellectual and administrative work. Each of the thirty-six chapters asks a direct question about an issue WPAs will need or want to answer, including such concepts as institutional politics, retention, technology, WAC, placement, ESL, general education, transfer, and many more. Its forty-four contributors are experienced writing program and writing center administrators who, in a diverse range of voices, map the discipline and help readers find their own ways to identify and solve problems at home institutions. Now in its Second Edition, A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators, includes new essays on technology, threshold concepts, retention, and independent writing programs. Many other essays have been updated to reflect emergent concerns in higher education and WPA work.
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, Heidi Estrem, Lauren Fitzgerald, Tom Fox, Chris W. Gallagher, Jeffrey M. Gerding, Roger Gilles, Gregory R. Glau, Eli Goldblatt, Robert M. Gonyea, Kristine Hansen, Susanmarie Harrington, Douglas Hesse, Melissa Ianetta, Joseph Janangelo, Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Seth Kahn, Neal Lerner, Barry Maid, Rita Malenczyk, Peggy O'Neill, Charles Paine, Pegeen Reichert Powell, Melody Pugh, E. Shelley Reid, Kelly Ritter, Shirley K Rose, Dan Royer, Carol Rutz, Eileen E. Schell, David E. Schwalm, Dawn Shepherd, 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 and edited collections. She served as the President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators from 2013 until 2015.
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction, with Some Rhetorical Terms
Part One: Initial Questions
1 What Are Students?
2 What Is Placement?
Dan Royer and Roger Gilles
3 What Is Basic Writing?
4 What Is First-Year Composition?
5 What Are Threshold Concepts (and Why Are They Useful for Writing Programs)?
Linda Adler-Kassner and Elizabeth Wardle
6 What Is ESL?
7 What Is Technology?
Jeffrey M. Gerding and Richard Johnson-Sheehan
Part 2: Complicating Questions
8 What Are Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines?
Martha A. Townsend
9 What Is General Education?
10 What Is Institutional Mission?
Elizabeth Vander Lei and Melody Pugh
11 What Is Pre-College Credit?
12 What Is Transfer Articulation?
David E. Schwalm
13 What Is Transfer?
14 What Is Assessment?
15 What Is Retention?
Heidi Estrem, Pegeen Reichert Powell, and Dawn Shepherd
Part 3: Personal Questions
16 What Is a Writing Instructor?
Eileen E. Schell
17 What Is Faculty Development?
Carol Rutz and Stephen Wilhoit
18 What Is TA Education?
E. Shelley Reid
19 What Is a Union?
20 What Is the Writing Center?
Part Four: Helpful Questions
21 What Is a Writing Program History?
Shirley K Rose
22 What Are The Administration and The Budget? (And Why Are We Talking About Them Together?)
23 What Is NSSE?
Charles Paine, Robert M. Gonyea, Chris M. Anson, and Paul Anderson
24 What Is the National Writing Project?
William P. Banks
25 What Is Community Literacy?
Part Five: Vexed Questions
26 What Is Class Size?
Gregory R. Glau
27 What Are Institutional Politics?
Tom Fox and Rita Malenczyk
28 What Is Academic Freedom?
Mary R. Boland
29 What Are Educational Standards?
30 What Is Policy?
Chris W. Gallagher
Part Six: Eternal Questions
31 What Is an Independent Writing Department/Program?
32 What Is an English Department?
33 What Is The Intellectual Work of Writing Program Administration?
34 What Is WPA Research?
35 What Is Principle?
36 What Is a Personal Life?