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1st Edition

Landmark Essays on Writing Program Administration

ISBN 9781138715356
Published January 11, 2019 by Routledge
356 Pages

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Book Description

Leading with the provocative observation that writing programs administration lacks “an established set of texts that provides a baseline of shared knowledge . . . in which to root our ongoing conversations and with which to welcome newcomers,” Landmark Essays on Writing Program Administration focuses on WPA identity to propose one such grouping of texts. This Landmark volume is the cornerstone resource for new Writing Program Administrators and graduate students seeking an ever-important overview of the literature on Writing Program Administration. Drawing broadly across scholarship in writing programs and writing centers, Ritter and Ianetta work to historicize, theorize, and problematize the ever-shifting answers offered to the question: Who—or what—is a WPA?

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Canon Fodder? Surveying Our WPA Landmarks – Melissa Ianetta and Kelly Ritter

Section 1

Historicizing WPA

  1. Emerson C. Shuck, Administration of the Freshman English Program
  2. Gary Olson and Joseph M. Moxley, Directing Freshman Composition: The Limits of Authority
  3. Barbara L’Eplattenier, Finding Ourselves in the Past: An Argument for Historical Work on WPAs
  4. Charlton, Jonikka and Shirley Rose, Twenty More Years in the WPA’s Progress
  5. Neal Lerner, Searching for Robert Moore
  6. Section 2

    Defining WPA

  7. Joseph Harris, Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Class Consciousness in Composition
  8. Marc Bousquet, Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers
  9. Shirley K. Rose and Irwin Weiser, "The WPA as Researcher and Archivist
  10. Paul Kei Matsuda, Let’s Face it: Language Issues and the Writing Program Administrator
  11. Amy Vidali, Disabling Writing Program Administration
  12. Anne Ellen Geller and Harry Denny, Of Ladybugs, Low Status and Loving the Job: Writing Center Professionals Navigating Their Careers
  13. Thomas Amorose, WPA Work at the Small College or University: Re-Imagining Power and Making the Small School Visible
  14. Tim Taylor, Writing Program Administration at the Two Year College: Ghosts in the Machine
  15. Section 3

    Theorizing WPA

  16. Jeanne Gunner, Decentering the WPA
  17. Bruce Horner, Redefining Work and Value for Writing Program Administration
  18. Donna Strickland,The Managerial Unconscious of Composition Studies
  19. Laura Micchiche, More than a Feeling: Disappointment and WPA Work
  20. Linda Adler-Kassner, The WPA as Activist: Systematic Strategies for Framing, Action and Representation
  21. Melissa Ianetta, If Aristotle Ran the Writing Center: Classical Rhetoric and Writing Center Administration
  22. Rachael Green-Howard, Building A WPA Library: A Bibliographic Essay


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Kelly Ritter is Professor of English and Writing Studies and Associate Dean for Curricula and Academic Policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has seventeen years’ experience as a WPA across three different universities. Her most recent book is Reframing the Subject: Postwar Instructional Film and Class-Conscious Literacies (2015). From 2012 to 2017, she was editor of College English.

Melissa Ianetta is Professor of English and Unidel Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Chair in Writing at the University of Delaware, where she has served as a WPA in both the university’s writing center and the English department’s composition program. She is the current editor of College English and, with Lauren Fitzgerald of Yeshiva University, she co-authored The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research.