Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline

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Barbara L'Eplattenier, Lisa Mastrangelo
Parlor Press LLC, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration: Individuals, Communities, and the Formation of a Discipline collects essays that shine new light on the early history of writing program administration. Broad in scope, the book illuminates the development of the profession in the narratives of the individuals who helped form the discipline prior to the emergence of the Council of Writing Program Administrators in 1976, including those narratives of Gertrude Buck and Laura J. Wylie, Edwin Hopkins, Regina Crandall, Rose Colby, George Jardine, Clara Stevens, Stith Thompson, and George Wykoff. Drawing from deep archival work, these narratives offer rare glimpses into writing program administration and the development of composition as a college requirement. In addition to eleven chapters from contributors, Historical Studies of Writing Program Administration includes a preface by Edward M. White, a concluding essay by Jeanne Gunner, interviews with Erika Lindemann and Kenneth Bruffee, and a detailed introduction by the editors, Barbara L'Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo.
 

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Contents

The WPA as Publishing Scholar Edwin Hopkins and The Labor and Cost of the Teaching of English
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Replacing Nice Thin Bryn Mawr Miss Crandall with Fat Harvard Savage WPAs at Bryn Mawr College 1902 to 1923
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Cooperative Writing Program Administration at Illinois State Normal University The Committee on English of 190405 and the Influence of Professo...
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Building a Career by Directing Composition Harvard Professionalism and Stith Thompson at Indiana University
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Communities
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The Advance Toward Democratic Administration Laura Johnson Wylie and Gertrude Buck of Vassar College
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Is It the Pleasure of This Conference to Have Another? Womens Colleges Meeting and Talking about Writing in the Progressive Era
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Sifting Through Fifty Years of Change Writing Program Administration at an Historically Black University
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A Genesis of Writing Program Administration George Jardine at the University of Glasgow
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Moving Toward a Group Identity WPA Professionalization from the 1940s to the 1970s
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Representing the Intellectual Work of Writing Program Administration Professional Narratives of George Wykoff at Purdue 19331967
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IndustrialStrength Composition and the Impact of Load on Teaching
241
Doomed to Repeat It? A Needed Space for Critique in Historical Recovery
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Contributing Authors
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Acknowledgments and Illustration Credits
283
Index
285

Discipline
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Barbara LEplattenier is assistant professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of ArkansasLittle Rock, where she teaches in the professional writing track. Her historical research focuses on the rhetoric of Progressive Era women. She has published in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and The Writing Program Administrator as Researcher: Inquiry in Action and Reflection.

Lisa Mastrangelo is assistant professor of English and coordinator of Womens Studies at the College of St. Elizabeth, where she teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. Her research interests include nineteenth-century writing instruction and administration at womens colleges. Her work in this area has been published in Rhetoric Review.

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