WAC Scholarship

By the early 1990s, the need for publishing outlets dedicated to WAC scholarship had become clear. The first WAC journal with a national focus, Language and Learning Across the Disciplines (https://wac.colostate.edu/llad), published its inaugural issue in 1994. Founded by Sharon Quiroz and Michael Pemberton, it was published in print until 2004, when it merged with the online journal Academic.Writing to form Across the Disciplines. In 1999, The WAC Journal, which had been founded in 1989 by Roy Andrews as a means to encourage WAC efforts at Plymouth State University, began to accept work from outside the university. A year later, it made its archives available on the WAC Clearinghouse (https://wac.colostate.edu/journal), which has continued to publish the journal (now with Parlor Press and Clemson University).

Video: Michael Pemberton discusses the founding of Across the Disciplines. View the video at https://youtu.be/GCucc0-EhFY.

The WAC Clearinghouse was founded in 1997 as a site to distribute resources and curricular materials for the WAC community (see https://wac.colostate.edu/about/brief-history). Within a few years, it had become home to Academic.Writing, The WAC Journal, and the archives for RhetNet and Language and Learning Across the Curriculum, as well as to books by WAC pioneers Sue McLeod, Margot Soven, and Art Young, among others. By 2003, the Clearinghouse had begun to publish original books, starting with Charles Bazerman and David R. Russell's edited collection, Writing Selves / Writing Societies. It is now home to several journals, the CompPile database, and more than 125 scholarly monographs and collections as well as a growing collection of resources for writers, writing instructors, and WAC scholars.


Video: Chuck Bazerman reflects on the WAC Clearinghouse's move toward open-access publishing. In addition to supporting early and ongoing work in the Clearinghouse, Chuck has shared many of his republished and original books there. He also edits the Reference Guides to Rhetoric and Composition book series and serves on the Clearinghouse editorial board. View the video at https://youtu.be/jEcE45fz_BQ.

Video: Pam Childers discusses the impact of open-access scholarship. View the video at https://youtu.be/WEZDX-ihsTY.