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ERIC Number: ED409574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The C.V. as Storytelling Instrument: Identifying the Composition Specialist.
Herzog, Anne
How does a hiring committee define the requisite knowledge essential for a writing program administrator (WPA)? A survey of writing program administrators revealed that typical WPAs begin their academic career by taking a B.A. in English and then proceeding on a more or less predictable course with an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in a traditional field of English or American literature and writing their dissertations on a subject in medieval studies (20%), Victorian (15%), or American literature (20%). The wording of advertisements recruiting people whose teaching responsibilities can easily be converted to literature positions conveys an institutional skepticism about the continuing role of writing programs. In soliciting an administrator, ads should ask for "professional specialization and college-level teaching experience in composition and rhetoric." Given the fact that a composition specialist may acquire that specialization without the acquisition of any administration skills or talents, carefully assessing the administrative experience the WPA candidate describes in his or her curriculum vitae (c.v.) is also essential. In one specific case, a candidate was interviewed and hired whose experience and knowledge fully supported the "story-telling" of his c.v. and dossier package. In 1997 it is possible to hire candidates who freely come to composition as their disciplinary home, rather than some temporary shelter propped in place by the contingencies of marketplace conditions. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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