Systems Shift: Creating and Navigating Change in Rhetoric and Composition Administration

Edited by Genesea M. Carter and Aurora Matzke
Copy edited by Annie Halseth. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverThis collection extends the discourse on systems within the field of rhetoric and composition by drawing connections among the administrative work we do, the values we hold, and the systems that shape our work and our selves. The contributors to this collection consider how rhetoric and composition administrators’ change-making efforts address, among other activities, equitable labor and working conditions, student and/or faculty retention, curriculum development and redesign, program assessment, professional development support, and mental and/or physical well-being. They explore how these efforts are embodied acts that interact with and participate in systems and networks that often remain unacknowledged even as those within these systems and networks actively work against that oppression. Recognizing that systems and networks can at times supersede administrator, faculty, and student consensus for change, each chapter includes recommendations for addressing the complexities involved in working toward a more just workplace and profession.

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Front Matter


Foreword, Eric C. Camarillo
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Introduction, Aurora Matzke and Genesea M. Carter
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Section 1. Disciplinary and Public Networks: Existing as a Profession

Chapter 1. Purposeful Access: Reinventing Supersystems through Rhetorical Action, Bre Garrett and Matt Dowell
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Chapter 2. At a Crossroads: The Committee for Change and the Voices of CCCC, Bernice Olivas, Janelle Jennings-Alexander, Mara Lee Grayson, Tamara Issak, Lana Oweidat, Christina V. Cedillo, Ashanka Kumari, Caitlyn Rudolph-Schram, and Trent M. Kays
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Chapter 3. “Help I Posted”: Race, Power, Disciplinary Shifts, and the #WPAListserv-FeministRevolution, Iris Ruiz, Latina Oculta, Brian Hendrickson, Mara Lee Grayson, Holly Hassel, Mike Palmquist, and Mandy Olejnik
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Chapter 4. Critiquing the “Networked Subject” of Anti-racism: Toward a More Empowered and Inclusive “We” in Rhetoric and Composition, Erec Smith
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Section 2. Intra-Campus and Institutional Networks: Existing as a Program

Chapter 5. Basic Writing’s Interoffice, Intercampus Actor-Network: Assembling Our History through Dolmagean Analysis, John Paul Tassoni
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Chapter 6. Outsiders Looking In: Discursive Constructions of Remediation beyond the Academy, Lynn Reid
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Chapter 7. Working Within the Rhetorical Constraints: Renovation and Resistance in a First-Year Writing Program, Mara Lee Grayson
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Chapter 8. Negotiating Dominance in Writing Program Administration: A Case Study, Emily R. Johnston
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Chapter 9. Networking Across the Curriculum: Challenges, Contradictions, and Changes, Kelly Bradbury, Sue Doe, and Mike Palmquist
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Chapter 10. The Writing Center as Border Processing Station, Eric C. Camarillo
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Chapter 11. Voice, Silence, and Invocation: The Perilous and Playful Possibilities of Negotiating Identity in Writing Centers, Lucien Darjeun Meadows
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Section 3. Personal and Relational Networks: Existing as an Administrator

Chapter 12. Is Resistance Futile? Struggling against Systematic Assimilation of Administrative Work, Genesea M. Carter
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Chapter 13. “It’s Complicated”: Scheduling as an Intellectual, Networked Social Justice Issue for WPAs, Julia Voss and Kathryn Bruchmann
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Chapter 14. Flexible Framing, Open Spaces, and Adaptive Resources: A Networked Approach to Writing Program Administration, Jenna Morton-Aiken
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Conclusion. A Tool Kit, Genesea M. Carter and Aurora Matzke
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Afterwords, Lucien Darjeun Meadows
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About the Editors

Genesea M. Carter is Associate Director of Composition at Colorado State University. Her work has appeared in Composition Studies, Journal of Teaching Writing, Open Words: Access and English Studies, and Writers: Craft and Context. She has guest edited Academic Labor: Research and Artistry and co-edited the collection Class in the Composition Classroom: Pedagogy and the Working Class.

Aurora Matzke is Writing Center Director at Chapman University. She enjoys learning about and working toward ways to create successful access pathways for all students. Most recently, she collaboratively guest edited a special issue of Writing Program Administration based on the legacy of Mike Rose and authored a chapter in Women’s Ways of Making. In press are a collaboratively guest edited special issue of Peitho and a chapter in Mentorship and Methodology.

Publication Information: Carter, Genesea M., and Aurora Matzke. (2023). Systems Shift: Creating and Navigating Change in Rhetoric and Composition Administration. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

Web Publication Date: September 15, 2023
Print Publication Date: Pending

ISBN: 978-1-64215-184-8 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-185-5 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-498-6 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PER-B.2023.1848

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Series Editors: Rich Rice, Texas Tech University; Heather MacNeill Falconer, University of Maine; and J. Michael Rifenburg, University of North Georgia

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