Writing Program Administration at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

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Jill M. Gladstein and Dara Rossman Regaignon

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

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978-1-60235-304-6 (paperback; $32; £21; $32 CAD; €25; $31 AUS); 978-1-60235-305-3 (hardcover; $60; £39; $60 CAD; €46; $57 AUS); 978-1-60235-306-0 (Adobe ebook; $20; £14; €16 AUS). © 2012 by Parlor Press. 289 pages, with notes, illustrations, tables, bibliography, appendices, and index.

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Long, Mark C. Composition Forum 29 (Spring 2014): http://compositionforum.com/issue/29/long-writing-program-review.php

Description

Writing Program Administration at Small Liberal Arts Colleges presents an empirical study of the writing programs at one hundred small, private liberal arts colleges. Jill M. Gladstein and Dara Rossman Regaignon provide detailed information about a type of writing program not often highlighted in the scholarly record and offer a model for such national, multi-institutional research. Utilizing the mixed methods approach of grounded theory, Gladstein and Regaignon weave together survey, interview, and focus group data, site document analysis, and institutional history. They describe the writing programs at small colleges today as being dominated by writing across the curriculum-based approaches to writing instruction and the writing centers as emphasizing peer tutoring, and hence the development of undergraduate students as leaders and scholars. For small colleges, the movement toward vertical writing curricula, professionalized leadership positions, and innovative writing assessments occurs when institutions deepen or reaffirm their commitment to writing across the curriculum. In addition, Writing Program Administration at Small Liberal Arts Colleges offers a heuristic for understanding and comparing writing programs within and across institutions.

About the Authors

Jill M. Gladstein is Associate Professor of English and directs the Writing Associates Program at Swarthmore College, which received a CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. She is one of the co-founders and the current chair of the Small Liberal Arts College-Writing Program Administrators consortium. She has published on writing centers, writing fellows programs, and writing program administration. Her articles have appeared in WPA: Writing Program Administration and Across the Disciplines.

Dara Rossman Regaignon is Associate Professor of English and Director of College Writing at Pomona College. She is one of the co-founders of the Small Liberal Arts College-Writing Program Administrators consortium. Her articles have appeared in Pedagogy, WPA: Writing Program Administration, WAC Journal, and Victorian Literature and Culture.

Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Foreword: Writing Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges: Treasures in Small Packages by Carol Rutz
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Studying Writing Program Administration at Small Liberal Arts Colleges
I  A Grounded Theory of Writing Program Administration
1 The Small Liberal Arts College Structure of Feeling
2 Grounded Theory and Mixed Methods Research
3 Mapping Small College Sites of Writing
4 Configurations of Writing Program Leadership
5 Positioning of Writing Program Administrators
II  Curriculum-Centered Writing Instruction
6 Writing Requirements
7 Staffing First-Year Writing
8 Redefining Small College Writing Programs: Leadership Configurations and Writing Requirements
III  Student-Centered Writing Instruction
9 Writing Centers
10 Supporting Diversely Prepared Writers
IV  Small College Writing Programs
11 Assessment
12 Conclusion
Appendix A: List of Schools Invited to Complete the Survey
Appendix B: Writing at SLACs Survey
Appendix C: Initial E-mail Invitation to Complete the Survey
Appendix D: Supplemental Tables
Appendix E: Assessment Materials from Occidental College
Appendix F: List of Questions for Schools to Consider when Investigating Writing Program Structures
Notes
Works Cited
Index
About the Authors

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