What does a writing program do? What are its components? Are there disciplinary norms for these things? Who is creating visionary, leading programs, and why?WHAT IS A WRITING PROGRAM?
WRITING PROGRAMS OFFER DEGREES, HAVE IMPACT During the present revolution in scholarly & professional communication, writing programs provide leadership across the campus and beyond.
WHAT WILL EMORY’S WRITING PROGRAM DO? There is a significant gap between Emory’s historical support for writing and disciplinary norms. For more than two decades, 25% or more of MLA job listings have been in writing. Hundreds of departments offer minors, tracks, or certificates in writing studies.
Curriculum Remediation It is common for Emory’s aspirational peers to use their unusual prestige and influence to flout disciplinary norms regarding writing programs. .WHICH WRITING PROGRAMS SHOULD EMORY EMULATE? As the 2010 Burmester report & others conclude: Emory’s aspirational peers invest far more heavily in their writing programs. However, the focus on aspirational peers fails to yield a true picture of either Emory’s peers or of disciplinary norms.
14 12 Track Faculty 10 in WritingUsing the metric of US 8 FullNews rankings, Emory’s 6 Associatetrue peer bracket includes 4 Asstroughly the top 40 nationaluniversities and the top 50 2English PhD programs. 0 MIT, #5 GWU SYR #62 EMORY #50EMORY’S NATIONAL PEERS EMPLOY RESEARCH FACULTY MIT offers a writing minor in every department; Syracuse had 80 majors the day it opened; GWU’s international enrollment is 7.5% vs Emory 11%.
25 Track Faculty 20 in WritingWith the exception of 15Emory, all major research Writinginstitutions in Georgia 10 Relatedadhere at least minimallyto disciplinary norms in 5writing faculty. 0 Uga GSoU GaT GSURESEARCH INSTITUTIONS EMPLOY RESEARCH FACULTY Georgia Southern’s department of Writing & Linguistics offers 2 majors, 4 minors & a graduate certificate.
Writing Track FacultyEnglish literature lines are 12 in Writingdropping in absolute 10terms, while writing & 8digital media hires are 6soaring. 4 Writing 2Most programs outside thetop 10 are adapting to the 0 UNC CUNY UWM UIUC Pitt CMU PSU UC Davis U Mich UT Austinchanging landscape ofEnglish studies.ENGLISH PHD PROGRAMS EMPLOY RESEARCH FACULTY UM –UIUC ranked 13-22; Emory & UC Davis ranked 26; PSU-CMU ranked 29-38. UVa, Georgetown, UC Irvine, numerous others all hiring in writing studies & related fields.
WHAT DOES EMORY GAIN BY HIRING TRACK FACULTY? Leadership across the curriculum, disciplinary currency, renovation of English grad/ug curriculum, possible improved enrollment & placement, community impact, interdisciplinary attention to changes in professional & scholarly communication, dynamic relation to other initiatives—digital, international, STEM, pedagogy, PFF, etc etc.
WID/E, QEP FYC EWC DOMAIN Curriculum PFFELEMENTS OF A 5-YEAR PLAN Any 5-year plan will involve hiring, organization, and budgeting. There are currently no permanent faculty, staff or budget associated with the Emory College Writing Program.
Position #1 Associate Director of EWP/Coordinator of First FYC Year Composition. Asst. professor, 10 months, 2 releases 1 year, 1 release thereafter. Leadership responsibilities include addressing major policy questions (eg 2 FYC courses, FYS, exemptions, alignment w/ nat’l outcomes); assessment of student learning, formative assessment of teaching by lecturers, track faculty, and grad students; program development, graduate pedagogy, etc.HIRING: TRACK FACULTY Supported by 9 mo lecturer with two releases. Would reduce DUS workload & increase compliance Significant improvement in FYW & PFF
Position #2 Associate Director of EWP/Coordinator of WID Writing In the Disciplines. Assoc prof, 10 months, 2 releases for 2 years, 1 release after. Will coordinate broadly to lead WID meets WIDE, or D-WID, a nationally prominent, innovative writing in the disciplines initiative in support of an undergraduate culture of evidence: acquiring, visualizing, presenting, curating and organizing multiple kinds of data in multiple formats—from powerpoint and performance to oral history and activist video.HIRING: TRACK FACULTY Supported by 9 mo lecturer with two releases. Will serve as lead WP contributor to QEP Major overhaul in advanced writing across disciplines
Position #2 Leadership of the EWC is under review. Currently staffed by an interim Assistant EWC Director (12-mo staff), several 1-year graduate fellows, and undergraduate tutors. We are doing assessment of its space & mission. At present, the EWC does not report to the EWP. Anticipating that it might do so, we are considering several changes—eg, integrating a large staff of ESL tutors with the EWC tutoring operation & substantially expanding the ESL preparation of EWC tutors. Selected EWC tutors will also participate in a pilot effort in support of digital literacies.OPEN QUESTIONS The best future of the EWC is a multiliteracy approach. There are some efficiencies to be gained by combining with EWP and considering other partnerships. It is highly desirable to reorganize the fellowships—eg 5- year top-off superfellowships.
Position #2 The EWC needs to be led into a true multiliteracies center, implying significant EWC investment in personnel and physical plant, quite possibly at the university level. The best solution is a provost –funded senior hire. Currently over a dozen campus units offer “writing support” services at highly varying levels of sophistication, frequently by nonspecialist staff and students with limited training. There is substantial unmet need. None of these units address digital literacy & the changing nature of scholarly and professional communication.“WRITING SUPPORT” VS WRITING IN THE CURRICULUM Over 14 units provide “writing support” Resources are wasted, need is unmet, quality varies Strategic planning of writing support at university level requires at minimum the tasking of a provost-level admin.
Proposed Org Chart, 2014-15 Over 12 units currently provide “writing support” of variable quality. Should we think about ESL writing in the curriculum at the univ level also? Oxford QEP English Dept. CFDE DSC other WP U/G Rsch IT, ECIT Civic Engmt
Proposed Org Chart, 2013-14 ESL Oxford QEP Temporary f/t hires in 2013-14 could be English considered for asst- coordinator slots in Dept. 2014-15. CFDE It would be ideal to settle the program assistant & asst. DSC director positions, and hire other an academic WP technologist. U/G Rsch IT, ECIT Civic Engmt