ERIC Number: ED199711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Directing Freshman English: The Roles of Administration in Freshman English Programs.
Gracie, William J., Jr.
In the many conferences, workshops, and panels for writing instructors the role of director of freshman English has been routinely ignored. The typical director does not even have a job description. But directors should interpret this lack of specifics to mean that they are not administrators set apart from faculty, but are engaged with faculty in a common enterprise. As an individual faculty member, a director should strive to implement change, should foster collegiality, and build on existing strengths. When making program changes, a director should enlist the combined efforts of as many faculty members as possible. The sharing of ideas and responsibility will in itself foster collegiality, a sense of unity of purpose among the many facets of the department. Finally, as directors of freshman English translate theory into practice in the composition classroom, they need to perceive the strengths and weaknesses of their departments, and to have a sense of the institution's perception of itself, its history its educational philosophy, and the role that freshman English is to play. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Freshman Composition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).