Guest editor: Karin J. Lunsford, Writing Program, University of California at Santa Barbara
In their introduction to WAC for the New Millennium , Susan McLeod and Eric Miraglia note both challenges and advantages to WAC programs that may result as teaching with technology becomes widespread. On one hand, there is a concern that as instructors across campus begin to teach with technology, they face economic and administrative pressures to adopt pedagogies inimical to WAC goals. Technology becomes a means to "deliver instruction" more efficiently to ever larger classes, and thus the "banking model of education" may become privileged. On the other hand, technologies and uses for technologies are myriad, and instructors interested in WAC have always been adept at creating "cognitively rich" activities, spaces, and media for and with their students. Moreover, the technologies and norms for producing, revising, responding to, and distributing writing—whether to the general public or within the disciplines—rapidly change, and instructors respond to those changes. This special issue of ATD will explore how and why WAC/WID initiatives incorporate writing technologies, negotiate (or not) the calls for efficiency, and adapt to evolving disciplinary and cultural norms for writing.
We invite proposals for articles that explore questions such as the following, as well as others related to the topic of Writing Technologies and WAC/WID.
We're eager to read innovative work that critically explores the foundations, implications, and influence of writing technologies and WAC/WID initiatives—work that is theoretically informed, that offers original research data, and that builds on appropriate literature reviews. Although descriptions of specific WAC/WID initiatives are welcome, they should be situated within an analysis of a larger issue(s). We welcome inquiries about ideas for proposals.
Deadline for Proposals: August 1, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: by October 2007
Manuscripts Due: February 1, 2008
Publication: Fall 2008
Proposal Format: Please submit a one-page proposal explaining your topic, the research and theoretical base on which you will draw, and your plans for the structure of your article. Proposals and manuscripts should follow APA documentation style, which is the standard for Across the Disciplines. Send your proposal electronically (in MS Word format) to Karin J. Lunsford (email@example.com), guest editor, and Michael Pemberton (firstname.lastname@example.org), the editor of ATD. Please be sure to include your full contact information.