ERIC Number: ED159721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Alexander Pope and the Comma Splice, or, Contradictions and Problems in College Composition--An Administrator's View.
Bataille, Robert R.
The training of doctoral candidates in English often does not match the kind of teaching they must do upon taking their first jobs: namely, training is in literature, while most jobs are available in composition. Even when acceptable composition teachers are found, keeping them in the face of budgetary restraints and declining enrollments is difficult. Furthermore, the pressure to publish or perish presents problems, especially in regard to research, for these teachers are not likely to have the tools or the background to formulate and carry out research projects in composition when their training is in literature. The administrator's task is to ensure adequate time for teaching (including small classes, time for grading, and time for special assistance to students) as well as to help reeducate both composition teachers to be able to carry out research and departmental faculty, who neither respect nor support composition research and teaching. As the administrator is successful, staff morale is likely to rise. As composition teachers develop a sense of pride, specialty courses may be developed so that the teaching of composition beyond freshman courses becomes part of the curriculum at all levels and in all departments. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)