ERIC Number: ED345231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-21
Reference Count: N/A
We Get Mail: Documenting the Rhetoric of Our Academic Institutions.
Ballinger, Mary G.
Academic institutions document their rhetoric through the written communications that show up in faculty mailboxes. Much of what arrives serves to remind faculty of what needs to be done to participate in the events and decision-making processes of the institution. The mail encountered by graduate students also reflects hierarchical power inherent in universities. For example, the letter of acceptance into the doctoral program states that the student's responsibility is to "contribute in an important way to the level of scholarship" at the university. The application form for travel funding forces scholars to attend conferences, thus carrying out the above rsponsibility on shoestring budgets. The consent form for the Ph.D. advisory committee and the scheduling of the doctoral exam also reflect such a bureaucratic tangle. In short, scholars should critique and, when necessary, resist such academic and institutional rhetoric with, at the very least, a call for dialogue and collective action. (Examples of the three forms are appended.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Organizational Culture; Paperwork
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (43rd, Cincinnati, OH, March 19-21, 1992). For other apsects of this topic, see ED 344 231.