A Field of Dreams: Independent Writing Programs and the Future of Composition Studies

  • writing program administration, writing program, faculty development, faculty

Edited by Peggy O'Neill, Angela Crow, and Larry W. Burton

CoverOne 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.

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Front Matter

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 4. Small but Good: How a Specialized Writing Program Goes It Alone, Louise Rehling

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 7. Learning as We G(r)o(w): Strategizing the Lessons of a Fledgling Rhetoric and Writing Department, Jane E. Hindman

Chapter 8. Creating Two Departments of Writing: One Past and One Future, Barry M. Maid

Chapter 9. Who Wants Composition? Reflections on the Rise and Fall of an Independent Program, Chris M. Anson

Chapter 10. Revising the Dream: Graduate Students, Independent Writing Programs, and the Future of English Studies, Jessica Yood

Chapter 11. Locating Writing Programs in Research Universities, Peggy O’Neill and Ellen Schendel

Chapter 12. Wagering Tenure by Signing on with Independent Writing Programs, Angela Crow

Part 3. The Big Picture: Implications for Composition, English Studies and Literacy Education

Chapter 13. A Rose by Every Other Name: The Excellent Problem of Independent Writing Programs, Wendy Bishop

Chapter 14. Keeping (in) Our Places, Keeping Our Two Faces, Theresa Enos

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

Afterword: Countering the Naysayers: Independent Writing Programs as Successful Experiments in American Education, Larry W. Burton


Notes on Contributors


Publication Information: O'Neill, Peggy, Angela, Crow, & Larry W., Burton (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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