Across the Disciplines, a refereed journal devoted to language, learning, and academic writing, publishes articles relevant to writing and writing pedagogy in all their intellectual, political, social, and technological complexity. Across the Disciplines shares the mission of the WAC Clearinghouse in making information about writing and writing instruction freely available to members of the CAC, WAC, and ECAC communities.
Table of Contents for Volume 14, January through December 2017
Issue 1 (January through June)
One-Credit Writing-Intensive Courses in the Disciplines: Results from a Study of Four Departments, Thomas Deans, University of Connecticut
This study reports on learning outcomes of one-credit writing-intensive (W) courses in the disciplines at a large public university where three-credit W courses are the norm. An evaluation of 210 final papers from four departments—Allied Health, Animal Science, Economics, and Nutritional Sciences—revealed that writing outcomes, as defined and measured by faculty and doctoral students the four participating departments, met expectations for junior/senior-level writing in their respective fields. Results suggest that well-designed one-credit Ws are viable, albeit with two significant qualifications: student motivation and performance are better when one-credit Ws are tightly aligned with a companion 2- or 3-credit course (as opposed to when they stand alone); and one-credit Ws can unintentionally trigger troubling labor issues.
A Review of Microhistories of Composition, Bruce McComiskey, 2016. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press, [ISBN 978-1-60732-404-1. 336 pages. (soft cover).]
A book review by Cheri Lemieux Spiegel, Northern Virginia Community College (Published May 1, 2017)
A Review of Ecologies of Writing Programs: Program Profiles in Context, Mary Jo Reiff, Anis Bawarshi, Michelle Ballif, and Christian Weisser, 2015. Anderson, SC: Parlor Press, [ISBN 978-1-60235-512-5. 406 pages, including index. (hardcover).]
A book review by Marissa C. McKinley, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Published March 29, 2017)
Calls for Special Issues
Teaching Contemplative Writing Across the Disciplines (Proposals due April 30, 2017)
With increasing evidence that contemplative practices in the college classroom can improve cognitive and academic performance, student concentration and the retention of information, as well as psychological well-being and the development of the whole person, faculty across a wide array of academic disciplines are using contemplative practices to enhance student learning and experience. Authors from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals for manuscripts that address mindful or contemplative writing practices in teaching within higher education, particularly as they relate to disciplinary discourses, interdisciplinary communication, and student learning. We welcome proposals for theoretical pieces, practical and experiential narrative essays that are tied to theory and/or research, case studies, creative works, and qualitative research. (Guest edited by Marlowe Miller, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Kakali Bhattacharya, Kansas State University)
Note: If you would like to serve as guest editor for a special issue, or if you would like to suggest a topic for a special issue, please contact Michael Pemberton, editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 478-1383.