Edited by Peggy O'Neill, Angela Crow, and Larry W. Burton
One of the first collections to focus on independent writing programs, A Field of Dreams offers a complex picture of the experience of the stand-alone. Included here are narratives of individual programs from a wide range of institutions, exploring such issues as what institutional issues led to their independence, how independence solved or created administrative problems, how it changed the culture of the writing program and faculty sense of purpose, success, or failure.
Introduction: Cautionary Tales about Change, Angela Crow and Peggy O’Neill
Part 1. Local Scenes: Stories of Independent Writing Programs
Chapter 1. The Origins of a Department of Academic, Creative, and Professional Writing, Daniel J. Royer and Roger Gilles
Chapter 2. Internal Friction in a New Independent Department of Writing and What the External Conflict Resolution Consultants Recommended, Eleanor Agnew and Phyllis Surrency Dallas
Chapter 3. Writing Identity: The Independent Writing Department as a Disciplinary Center, Anne Aronson and Craig Hansen
Chapter 5. Independence Fostering Community: The Benefits of an Independent Writing Program at a Small Liberal Arts College, Elizabeth J. Deis, Lowell T. Frye, and Katherine J. Weese
Chapter 6. No Longer Discourse Technicians: Redefining Place and Purpose in an Independent Canadian Writing Program, Brian Turner and Judith Kearns
Part 2. Beyond the Local: Connections Among Communities
Chapter 11. Locating Writing Programs in Research Universities, Peggy O’Neill and Ellen Schendel
Part 3. The Big Picture: Implications for Composition, English Studies and Literacy Education
Chapter 15. Managing to Make a Difference, Thomas P. Miller
Chapter 16. Stasis and Change: The Role of Independent Composition Programs and the Dynamic Nature of Literacy, Cynthia L. Selfe, Gail E. Hawisher, and Patricia Ericsson
Chapter 17. Bigger than a Discipline? Kurt Spellmeyer
Publication Information: O'Neill, Peggy, Crow, Angela, & Burton, Larry W. (Eds.) (2002). A field of dreams: Independent writing programs and the future of composition studies: Utah State University Press. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/usupress_pubs/135
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