ERIC Number: ED442116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-15
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Working Together? Relations between Writing Program and Writing Center Directors.
Balester, Valerie M.; McDonald, James C.
A study investigated the working relationship between writing program directors and writing center directors nationally, to develop a picture of such a relationship and to compare the nature and status of the two positions and the backgrounds of the people who hold them. In all, about 650 surveys were distributed to members of professional associations, and useable responses were received from 176 people. Responses suggest that writing program directors regard writing center directors more as partners and less as helpmates than they did in a 1988 study (Olson and Ashton-Jones), and that the relation of the program director to the center director is much more collaborative than supervisory. Often, collaboration and communication can help overcome a lack of power or status in their institutions or a lack of knowledge about composition research, management practices, or institutional politics. Still, survey data suggest that program directors enjoy a more privileged place in college/university structures and that the professionalization of center directors is lagging behind the professionalization of other writing program administrators. Respondents almost never described coming to an agreement about philosophies and goals as a result of collaboration. Many respondents mentioned how important it was for a director in either position to be a scholar in composition studies. (Contains 9 tables, 4 notes, and 27 references. Appended is a sample survey instrument.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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